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Nuclear Marc
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Jul 4 Nuclear Marc commented on The Bar Is the Thing at Elysian Bar.
I found the place fairly decent, just not my speed.
A fine cocktail bar with a top tier brewery's name attached seems a bit of a contradiction. It seems like an expensive leap into fine dining, yet resembles a flying boat car... it can drive, can fly, and can power sail, but does none well.

There is where the similarities end... they do everything fairly well if. It excellent despite the apparent identify crisis, and have an issue figuring out which staff does what. So, we get to pay for the extra labor and the ingredients. All of this is the real stuff, not some cheap knock off that tastes about the same.

Many folks seem elitist to their way and shun 'undesirables', winers, zymurgy advocates, and mixology fans barely mix, yet this place has a significant draw for all three branches of libation.

I just wish there was something more shareable for under $10 besides bread $3, or w/ butter $5.
Muscle men at the door is another different feature rarely seen in the Seattle scene, just add that to the list of differences (or is that uniquenesses?).

Street parking makes it an easy visit, if a bit on the spendy side.
Mar 8 Nuclear Marc commented on Cutting Bus Service Would Hit Poor People Hardest.
For some reason, we all choose to remain residents of this State. We also know, if we are aware citizens, that this State has a consumption based tax system, not an income based tax system.
That is, Olympia tried to tax you on what you use, not on what you make. They don't tax you for being alive, food and a few essentials to sustain life aren't taxable, but extras are.
You can also make the argument that roads are necessary... I am not sure this forum works for this... but for some reason we are always dedicating more tax dollars to roads, and I see little to no actual improvement and an endless supply of deferred maintainence (i.e. Roads is currently a bottomless pit).
I am all for abolishing the general fund as a major account of revenue and assigning certain monies to specific functions, so the cash can not slosh wherever some buearocrats think is least-un-wise, leaving holes in budgets, and permanent shortfalls.
When I first moved here, we had annual surpluses.
What the hell happened?
Figure that out, and stop it for the love of your fellow citizens.
Jan 17 Nuclear Marc commented on Out of the Hospital and Off the Books: Should Harborview’s Primary Care Clinics Be Closed?.
Of course, the big give away of Yesler Terrace to land developers and the impact of property values on medical rescue helicopters in their back yard has no impact.

The consideration that with ACA, more of the un-insured will become under-insured and still have some of their care reimbursed is not adequately explained in this well thought and delivered piece.

Closing the "Zoo" seems a non-option to me.
Then again, all other local hospitals lacking a dumping ground might just pry loose some consideration for the greater good of Western Washington Health Care in general.
Jan 16 Nuclear Marc commented on Let Them Eat... Maybe Something Other Than Cake?.
We could not settle on one cake, enough for the whole crowd.
So, we had
1 German chocolate cake,
2 Vanilla Anglefood cake,
3 Lemon cake w/lemon icing,
4 Carrot cake w/cream cheese frosting, and a
5 Black Forest cake.
We figured...
Chocolate... No chocolate
Icing... No icing
Sweet fruit... tart fruit
and, if you didn't want cake, you could just stay away from the dessert table.
We were on the Emerald Star in Lake Union for the Ceremony, toured Lake Washington for the rest.
Jul 31, 2013 Nuclear Marc commented on Police Threatened to Arrest Me for Taking Their Photo Last Night.
Stick to your... principles.
Let's leave 'guns' out of this.
Jul 24, 2013 Nuclear Marc commented on I, Anonymous.
They have yet to go through
their own personal growth
to achieve the lofty heights
of the moral high ground
from which you pontificate.
Jul 24, 2013 Nuclear Marc commented on I, Anonymous.
They have yet to go through
their own personal growth
to achieve the heights
of moral high ground
from which you pontificate.
Jun 5, 2013 Nuclear Marc commented on Mugged at Gunpoint on Beacon Hill.
So sorry these things happened in anyone's life, and glad you lived to tell the tale.
I have to disagree with the opening of your closing paragraph,
"Gun ownership is just not the solution to street crime."

It is A solution, just one you don't want to employ. I AM a gun owner, and have not thought once about carrying after careful consideration decades ago.

I agree that is not a solution to street crime that I am willing to use. Nor do I think I could live with myself in the same way, were I to either have the need or to have successfully defend myself or others, by ending someone else's life.

I do know that some see the weapon as a totem of power, empowering them to engage in all sorts of otherwise abnormal behavior.

Again, sorry this happened to you or anyone, and thanks for the article and for keeping your wits and values about you, apparently at all times.
Jun 5, 2013 Nuclear Marc commented on Why I Ride Fearlessly Without A Helmet.
I say, "Good for you. You make your choices, I make mine.
I chose to give up my bikes, I drive. This is a survival thing."

BTW, I have a friend who recently fractured their skull from
an encounter with a railroad track. I know because she sent
us Facebook message. Because... she was wearing a helmet.

With ObamaCare perhaps my local community won't be stuck
paying for those like-minded who are unfortunate enough to
find the need for people to feed them, to sponge bathe them,
and clean them up twice daily as they poop in their beds.
Apr 18, 2013 Nuclear Marc commented on The Senate Republicans' Billion-Dollar Lie.
I have to mention one agenda item, and pose a question. I have heard from the local beer industry that the State (House not Senate) Legislature plans on not only making the current 'temporary' bump in beer taxes permanent, but they plan on changing it to only tax beer made in Washington. This is a major tax hit for smaller breweries and a windfall for Megabrewers.
Are you aware of this, Goldy, and... is the state actually spending its' tax dollars on and for the reasons the taxes were collected?
I guess this is running long, but, is every dollar of, say Gas Tax in a separate account to actually be spend on transportation infrastructure and maintenance (and only on that), or does it all go into the General Fund where anyone with access can make a withdrawal for their pet project?

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