Aug 6 pdp commented on Chop Shop Quietly Announced That They Are Permanently Closing Today.
Beautiful space, great menu, disastrous management. We went there about two months after opening and watched their expediter get fired in the middle of Saturday night rush because he was screwing up so badly. I felt sorry for him (was he undertrained? Genuinely incompetent and shouldn't have been in that crucial, high-pressure position?) The food was either disastrous (chicken red at the bone) or sublime (an amazing veggie dish). Anyway, this is unfortunate all around.
Mar 25 pdp commented on It's Okay to Cook "Other People's Food," But You Better Be Ready to Talk About It.
My eyes are stuck in the rolling-to-the-back-of-my-head position. Ms. Garbes really needs to be writing for an academic journal that nobody reads. I'm good with the occasional view of food culture through the prism of race/class/gender, but two in a row? Seriously? First it was Jonathan Gold, who has spent decades exposing his largely white readership to a vast panoply of foods from many cultures (and apparently saved a bunch of small businesses in the process). Yet Garbes has to throw in this out-of-left-field accusation that there's something nefarious ("dangerous" even) in an admiring portrayal of his life's work. All because somebody in the film said something in a way she doesn't like. Now Rick Bayless gets the hyper-politically correct treatment. It's not enough for him to have spent his entire life discovering and promoting and selling (and adapting and, yes, even elevating) fantastic food from another culture. He has to toe the current, ever-changing party line. Seriously, could we just talk about the food?
Mar 24 pdp commented on Morning News: Why New Link Stations Triggered Ridership Surge, and Why Bernie Sanders Is Not the Same as Donald Trump.
@9: Yes, yes we should. More shame to the giant SUVs, of course, compared to the tiny gas-sippers. But we are all destroying the planet.
@11: But then the urbanite takes the old van to the mountains to hike every weekend, destroying all the environmental advantages of being an urbanite.
Mar 24 pdp commented on Morning News: Why New Link Stations Triggered Ridership Surge, and Why Bernie Sanders Is Not the Same as Donald Trump.
@6, raindrop, the problem isn't the SUV-bashing, which should be indulged as often as possible. It's the idea you're right about: that liberals would give a pass to another liberal inflicting just as much damage to the environment as the SUV driver. Are you a crunchy hippie driving an ancient truck? That's cool, man, you're authentic and signifying your resistance to dominant culture. But those people should be shamed just as much as Suburban Mom in an SUV.
Sep 3, 2015 pdp commented on The Life and Death of Amazon Is the Life and Death of Seattle.
Beautifully put.
Jul 30, 2015 pdp commented on What the Beggar on Link Light Rail Means.
Yeah, the problem really isn't the bald passenger with the luggage (he is probably not a regular user of public trans and doesn't know the rules). The problem is that Seattleites are so passive aggressive and would rather seethe in silence than just politely ask the guy to move his luggage so they could sit down.
Jul 22, 2015 pdp commented on Disappointed by the Rent Control Debate? Here's What a Six-Year-Old, 400 Page Study on Rent Stabilization Says.
So, the one example Ansel comes up with involves rent stabilization, not rent control. And it results in small property owners losing their shirts, one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, and a gray market where subletting is rampant. This is the best pro-rent control example out there? Seriously?
Jun 8, 2015 pdp commented on Council Members Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant Introduce Rent Control Resolution.
I'm a big believer in putting some giant-assed limits on The Free Market, but rent control is an incredibly dumb idea. Have none of these people been to NYC?
Feb 9, 2015 pdp commented on MSNBC Reports on First Same-Sex Marriages in Ala-Fucking-Bama.
"Only wealthy older gay white couples care about marriage equality."

Yup, that's what I thought when I saw a similar picture on the NYT web site. Man, those were the dumbest arguments against gay marriage coming from the gay/queer leftists.
Nov 3, 2014 pdp commented on Lunchtime!.
Love this: "The counter service, for example, was almost impossibly friendly; I didn't once question whether my cashier loathed me for simply existing."

So, so true. I just spent four days in Portland and was just blown away by the warmth and openness of the people. Then I came back, figured I'd try someplace new and went to London Plane, where we were treated like insignificant specks beneath the staff's contempt.