10:08 AM j-lon commented on Why Is Michael Bennett Boycotting the Seattle Times? (Or: The Seattle Times Sports Section Is Usually Great, So Why the Immature Hit Piece?).
Not to defend Smith, but aren't many people in the mainstream media going to abstain from making political contributions?

That doesn't give Smith a pass on charitable work or make him not an unpleasant person. But I don't think it's really a useful metric here.

Kap should have voted imho, but not voting doesn't invalidate everything else he's done that is good. Hope the Hawks sign him.
Apr 4 j-lon commented on Othello Station: The Center of the World.
Center of the world or not, it seems negligent to discuss food options in the Othello neighborhood and not mention Hoang Lan, which is purported to have the best Bun Bo Hue in Seattle. If you don't know what Bun Bo Hue is, trust me, you want to find out. https://www.yelp.com/biz/hoang-lan-seatt…

Also, Charles only mentioned Huarachitos in passing, but they've got a good shrimp taco there amongst other things.
Mar 28 j-lon commented on Plans For a West Seattle Whole Foods Have Been Indefinitely Delayed.
It's true that WS already has Met Market, which is a great store. But isn't just about West Seattle. This would have been the first Whole Foods south of downtown. It's closer to I-5/99 than Met Market and undoubtedly folks from Beacon Hill, MT Baker, Seward Park, Georgetown, Burien, etc. would have also used it too.

PCC, Met Market, and Whole Foods all overlap each other, but they are not exactly the same in terms of what they carry. Can I get by without Whole Foods? Yes. Would I have gone to Whole Food in WS a lot? Probably not. But it would have been a nice option to have, since I do go to the WS Trader Joe's a lot.
Mar 22 j-lon commented on What Does It Take to Be Seattle's Best Banh Mi?.
The BBQ pork Banh Mi at Saigon Deli is indeed great and also a great value. But I think the Tofu Banh Mi at Baguette Box may be the best Banh Mi I've had in Seattle.

Like the Pho at Ba Bar, it's definitely not the cheapest, and I found that off-putting at first. But ultimately, I had to acknowledge that sometimes you get what you pay for. I love meat, but that tofu Banh Mi is simply a little bit better than every other Bahn Mi I've had over the last 25 years of eating them.

That being said, Saigon Deli is closer to me, it's cheaper, and it's damn good. So I go there regularly with pleasure.
Mar 17 j-lon commented on To the Tourists Who Hate Visiting Seattle: You’re Doing It Wrong.
@2: Absolute bunk. People are not icy here. Apparently, you've never spent much time in a place like Boston. In my 25 years here, I've always been surprised at how friendly people are here.

Any tourist who can't spend 20 minutes looking at the Stranger or reading a little bit on Yelp, isn't a very adventurous tourist. The first thing I do when I'm contemplating visiting a new city is ask myself "where is the Capitol Hill" of this city. Every city doesn't have a neighborhood quite like that. Some have more than one. Some have that sort of stuff spread across the town. But usually, asking that question is enough to get you out of the purely tourist area and into something more interesting.

If you're staying downtown in Seattle, you're going to find Belltown and Capitol Hill with no problem. At this point, Ballard is well-publicized as a nightlife destination. Georgetown is perhaps a bit more obscure.

That said, even in the downtown core, you could have a good time at night. It wouldn't be my first choice, but if I'd never been here before it could still be fun,
Mar 17 j-lon commented on To the Tourists Who Hate Visiting Seattle: You’re Doing It Wrong.
Seattle is #5 on this list. So somebody must like coming here...:

Mar 15 j-lon commented on Is Colin Kaepernick's Pro-Football Career Over Because of Racism?.
Hey'll get signed by somebody. They're just waiting to bottom feed.
Mar 14 j-lon commented on That One Time I Tried to Microdose on LSD, But Accidentally Took Too Much….
For treating anxiety, PTSD, etc., how does low THC/high CBD Marijuana compare to microdosing with psychedelics? Have there been studies? Are there anecdotal reports?
Feb 28 j-lon commented on Seattle Population Hits 700,000 Today, But Our Transportation System Isn’t Ready.
@4: Link apparently functioned, but at present, it doesn't go enough places to significantly help mitigate a problem like the one that happened yesterday. So I think Charles's characterization makes sense. Imagine how much less of an issue the accident would have been yesterday if East Link and North Link were already finished.

My GF could have ridden Link back from Redmond to Beacon Hill in under an hour. Instead, she left work at 5pm and didn't get home until almost 7:30pm. I don't think this was uncommon yesterday. It took my brother over 30 min to drive from the Neumo's to the top of Beacon Hill last night. I've never seen the top of Beacon Hill more grid-locked. Side streets were grid-locked.

It's a good think we got more rail coming on-line, because if we didn't, then by 2027, at our current rate of growth, yesterday's commute would likely be the norm, not an anomaly.

That's why we have to keep pushing to expand things even further and faster.
Feb 4 j-lon commented on Kellyanne Conway is an Idiot But We Will Always Have the Bowling Green Massacre.
Ms. Conway is not an idiot. She's a very smart and apparently evil person and should be treated as such. While I enjoy the humor, I fear that fixating on this stuff may do more to reinforce their message rather than countering it.