commented on Buildings Are Getting Too Tall for Seattle Sky
@23: I suppose that's why Boston's Back Bay, London's Kensington, and pretty much the entirety of Paris are such hellholes, right?
Yes, exactly. Add Copenhagen and Amsterdam to the list. Hellholes, I tell ya!
Also, the Lesser Seattleite Charles quoted trotted out the old "Seattle is one of the most livable cities" canard, which just drives me nuts. Which aspects are livable: the insane real estate costs? The clogged highways? The lack of walkability in most of the city?
commented on "What Should I Know Before Deciding to Move to Seattle?"
Agree totally with 132 and 134. I grew up in NY suburbs, then spent 20 years in Chicago. In most ways, those two cities are like close siblings and Seattle is like some distant cousin who grew up in a foreign land. Moving here 10 years ago was a huge culture shock. Seattle Freeze is a very real thing, though it's certainly not insurmountable: half the city is made up of newcomers, the vast majority of them perfectly happy with their social situations. Definitely learn to read between the lines of social interactions; this place is like Latin America or Japan in that the people communicate non-verbally and totally expect you to understand their unspoken meaning. Conversely, watch your own unspoken communication. A colleague moved here from Boston and said she went from being considered a perfectly polite person to being one of the rudest people around, just because she didn't realize that she was communicating in ways that were considered inappropriate.
All that aside, I agree with all the positive stuff above, too. Sounds like a good fit for you. As "a gay" you would fit in anywhere, but Capitol Hill would be your best bet for a good transition from NYC: public trans is as good as it gets around here, walkable, dense, good nightlife, etc.
Nov 13, 2012
commented on What Should Be the Next Big Goal for Washington Liberals?
@24: Yes, let's say we make it a goal to move from the MOST regressive tax system in the country to just #3 or #4 on that list. Maybe 10 years from now, we can be better than Alabama. Or Mississippi. WA is such a weird, selective kind of liberal place.
Jul 26, 2012
commented on Introducing Rob McKenna
I dunno. I saw it the other day and thought, "Man, that was good. I don't remember a damn thing about the policy positions, but I have this vague good feeling about McKenna and his energetic, loving family." I remember a similar Dino Rossi ad from his last race, and though he didn't win, he came a lot closer than a right wing nut has any right to in a blue state.
Now, naturally, I'm a lefty liberal and I think elections should be decided on policy positions, not vague warm feelings. But low-information voters decide these things, and that's what appeals to them.
I confess that I didn't notice the man-boobs.
May 21, 2012
commented on Democrats Ate Cory Booker Alive Over the Weekend
Sorry, Paul, but Booker's move was a classic of a certain kind of douchebag Democrat: someone positioning themselves as a "centrist" by denouncing both sides (can you say "false equivalence"?) and ultimately helping to neuter the Democratic party. He deserved to be denounced. He deserves to be denounced still. Can he possibly not understand the damage inflicted by Wall Street in general, and Bain in particular, on middle class Americans?
Apr 11, 2012
commented on Meth Lab Found in Walmart Restroom
Any reason to visit Alabama? Well, their tax system is less regressive than ours and they spend more per pupil to educate their kids. But you smug Seattleites keep telling yourselves that places like AL are the conservative backwaters and WA is a bastion of liberalism.
Jan 23, 2012
commented on You Gotta Love Barney Frank
Swoon! I have always loved his ability to quickly turn the tables on fatuous journalists. He never, ever accepts the premise of their questions when those questions are full of BS. And, the Hildy Johnson reference is just smashing!