Sep 3, 2010
commented on Biggest Threat to Mayor’s Plan for Longer Bar Hours: Increased Drunk Driving
The current law seems as if it was written to cause trouble. There seems to be a hundred things the state could do to improve the situation without spending a dime:
1. Let the bars serve all night. People will drink if the want to drink. Bingeing is bad. Overloading police is bad. Long waits for taxis are bad.
2. Require bars to make water freely available and easy to find.
3. Require bars to stay open for one hour after they've served their last drink.
4. Relax the street-food laws. Food is the drunks best friend.
Aug 11, 2010
updated his or her bio.
Aug 11, 2010
commented on Council Considers Tolling City Roads to Raise Revenue for Transportation Improvements
As a cyclist, I'd be happy to pay taxes for the privilege. Oh wait... I do. Every time I renew my car tabs. I gotta do that no matter how much or little I drive. Are people really surprised to learn the vast majority of cyclists own and license cars?
Who are these delusional dimwits who think cyclists are asking for free hand outs and getting in the way of "real traffic"? Every time I choose to ride instead of drive I promise:
I won't take the last parking space
I won't be contributing to gridlock'd traffic
I won't be be responsable for the death of you or your family
I won't be causing new potholes, or accelerating the deterioration of any infrastructure
I wont' be contributing to this nations obesity epidemic and spiraling insurance costs
To the haters: your welcome!
I drive my car plenty. And I understand we gotta pay for what we use. I support higher gas taxes, I support tolling, I support whatever it takes. If we don't maintain our infrastructure it's going to cost us a whole lot more in the long run. Stop bitching, stop crying, either pay the fair cost of keeping your steel box rolling smoothly or sell it and join me in the bike lane.
Jul 31, 2010
commented on What You Missed at Last Night's Streets for All Seattle Party
@13 cyclists come in every shape. Riding a bicycle for transportation just isn't "that hard", and unless you really push yourself regularly and consistently can be a tough way to shed pounds.
I found the Nectar that evening by accident, we were just riding out for a drink. It was a huge surprise to run into the mayor in front of the bike racks as he was preparing to take off for the night.
Jul 9, 2010
commented on Rock and Roll Swindle
A "cover charge" doesn't guarantee you anything, and a cover charge without a live show is just plain insulting. Don't get me wrong, I'll happily pay plenty to see an act I like. But I've paid covers to walk into empty clubs before, it's bullshit. I always figured the cover charge was more about weeding out the unsavory crowd more then it was about making money. More then $5 and there better be something special going on.
And it's not just what *my* financial state is, the higher the cover, the fewer friends that will show up. It's just a fact.
Dec 10, 2009
commented on The Battle Over the Bridge
This infrastructure is only needed because of the decisions people make in where they live and work. If I make the responsable choice and buy a small, expensive place down the street from my office, why should I subsidize your commute from a suburban McMansion? Tolls are the only fair option. If some good modern technology is used, it doesn't have to slow the commute, and it has the double benefit of both funding the projects AND efficiently shaping transportation behaviors.
Between 520 and the Viaduct we're acting like a bunch of fucking spoiled children. We want it all, we deserve it all, hell we're entitled to it all, and we don't want to personally pay for what we'll be using. We'd rather spread it out as far as possible for as long as possible. Buy on credit today, let the next generation figure out how to pay for it.
I say we tear them both down now in the name of public safety. We can throw some bake sales, perhaps have a garage sale or two, take some donations, and when we have the 10 billion dollars in our pocket (or at least some reasonable expectation that we could afford it!) THEN we can start engineering our dream solutions.
Until then I suggest dusting off your bike, wedging into a bus, or learning to enjoy your time spent in traffic.
Sep 25, 2009
joined My Stranger Face