Jul 8, 2015
commented on All of These Secret Seattle Beaches and Parks Belong to You—Use Them!
All Washington beachfront, below the high-tide line, is public.* The access roads are just to get down to the shore, proper -- to avoid trespassing. But once ON the beach, the public is free to enjoy all the sandy bits along the shore. Spread out!
Keep your kids and dogs off the residents' front porches: stay water-ward of the highest logs and tide residue. Think of it like any residential street -- past the tide line is their front lawn, but below that, it's a public sidewalk. The water is a public road! They have no special right to it, unless you are creating a nuisance. Be sure to pack out your trash,
and no amplified noise. If there's no access road, kayak in with a cooler! Enjoy the whole length of the beaches, Public! Don't let them make you feel like trespassers. It's all yours.
*With a few exceptions [e.g. federal **, military, Port], which are clearly posted. And another tip: don't forget marijuana is still illegal on federal land. Have fun!
Jul 3, 2015
commented on Seattle Jury Acquits Protesters Who Blocked Highway 99 on MLK Day; Juror Says The Action Was Free Speech
If restricted to a polite whisper on the streets, political speech is a wealthy privilege, not a right. Our law is clearly on the side of the protesters. Thank you, @10, @19, and @20! Yes.
"Acts authorized as an exercise of one's constitutional right to picket or to legally protest, and acts authorized by a permit issued pursuant to the Street Use Ordinance, Chapters 15.02 through 15.50 of the Seattle Municipal Code, shall not constitute obstruction of pedestrian or vehicular traffic."
Mar 25, 2015
commented on An Encomium (E-N-C-O-M-I-U-M) to Spelling Bees
What makes it an "adult" spelling bee, other than setting it in a bar? Howzabout either (a) an all-ages venue - maybe with awards for best overall + best under-18 speller, or (b) STRIP SPELLING-BEE! With a sudden-death final round involving shots! See, e.g., c-o-n-c-u-p-i-s-c-e-n-c-e, l-a-s-c-i-v-io-u-s-n-e-s-s, and i-n-e-b-r-i-e-t-y.
Mar 9, 2015
commented on The Great Mesob Returns as Shewaber
Thank you thank you thank you for this terrific news! Mesob was my #1 all-time favorite Ethiopian place -- I'm so happy to learn it's got a new home! I'll be eating there a.s.a.p. & often.