Dec 15, 2012
commented on I, Anonymous
At least only a few bikers prefer to ride on the narrow dark shoulder-less blind curve of the street NEXT TO the bike trail. But by law, you are required to stop and look for pedestrians before turning into or crossing intersections, unless you have a green light forward or a green turn light. A green circle does NOT give you the right-of-way to turn & cut cars or pedestrians off.
When walking to the bus stop or their office, most people do not feel compelled to wear flashing lights with their suit. But a wet 'bright orange reflective' safety vest can ALSO be completely invisible at night. Scary but true.
People in Seattle often jaywalk in front of ambulances. People in Seattle often stop in the middle of the road to watch fire engines. People in Seattle often wear dark colors. People in Seattle often drive with their headlights off at night. People in Seattle often buy high-lumen flashlights (the type used by law enforcement to visually stun people) and strap them onto their helmets. People in Seattle often drive downtown with their high-beams on. People in Seattle are not too bright. Watch out for all of them.
May 4, 2012
commented on Text From South Lake Union
You're not looking into the complex history of BECU. First of all, they are NOT owned by Boeing - instead they're the result of strikes and worker revolts and unions, so what could be more anti-corporate than that?
(Personally, I didn't switch out of bleeding-heart do-gooderism - I switched because I was tired of being screwed by bad service and bank fees. At my credit union, I get good service, a relatively high interest rate on my savings, and no fees.)
Also, Amazon does fine at Beacon Hill and all its other locations throughout the nation - but the amount it brings in doesn't get spent AT those locations. Whether it earns that money in Beacon Hill or in South Lake Union makes no difference. I agree that South Lake Union could use development, but it needs to be a neighborhood, not a company campus.
Mar 1, 2012
commented on Pharmacists and Jesus Freaks
And the mom&pop corner drugstores wonder why they're going out of business? Scary to realize that 'licensed pharmacists' don't understand how a pharmaceutical works. Probably the same guys who tried to make boys feel embarrassed to ask for a condom. (Small-town drugstores have always been so eager to help preteens end up in unhappy marriages and drop out of high school.)
If the standards are so low for these 'licensed pharmacists', perhaps I should apply... and announce that I'm a Christian Scientist, so giving out any lifesaving drugs is against MY religion... !
Mar 1, 2012
commented on She Is Not Amused
Un-condense the interview, willya? Her caustic, bitter wit is fabulous.
(To see the pointlessness of caustic bitterness without wit, look at comment #2.)
Jan 29, 2012
commented on Lowering the Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees: Yes or No?
NO. When did the Stranger staff go from being underpaid baristas to would-be yuppie entrepeneurs?
"Oh, they should be grateful we pay them more than two bucks an hour"
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??!!!
What I mean to say is:
You can't live on our state's minimum wage, let alone their state's minimum wage. Even Starbucks employees rarely qualify for any benefits (funny how hard it is for bosses to find enough hours to create a few professional long-term full-time employees ... consider that in your next restaurant review.)
Additionally, the costs of doing business are externalized to employees. To be specific, the cost of dealing with a typical customer who only uses plastic. The charge levied by the credit-card company is taken out of a servers tip, even at "nice" restaurants like Serafina - which is absolutely heinous. Perhaps in addition to having the servers pay up front to wear the polyester outfit of their employers' choice, we can have them pay for the lobbyists and other normal business costs as well?
If you feel like doing all your fine dining from an Automat cafeteria with one surly cashier making $3/hour, by all means move to Arkansas. Don't think for a moment that Seattle can have "world-class cuisine" while paying servers third-world wages,. Hope you like e. coli with that - and it won't even be as special retribution, just part of everyday "professional service".
Oct 13, 2011
commented on Fuck You, Big Banks
Hopefully I won't hear about my new credit union screwing people out of their home and demanding a handout for it. Wells Fargo congratulates me for being "a 15-year Wells Fargo customer" (thanks to multiple takeovers)... This is like complimenting Patti Hearst on being such a good little soldier.
Like Patti Hearst, I now feel like doing in the banks.
GenX may have finally gotten a "real" job with a suit, but they're gonna wish we'd have settled for drumming in the park - we're opting out, and taking our hard-earned dough with us.
Sep 5, 2011
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Sep 5, 2011
answered a bunch of weird questions about himself or herself.
Sep 5, 2011
commented on Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk Awkwardly About Race
A hallmark of white Seattle - navel-gazing. Seattleites are very proud if they associate with black people or minorities. I recently rebuked a friend who tended to use racist blanket-descriptions.
His first defense was that he heard someone of that race use a term. Well, if you're a hanukkah-bush Jew who's always been surrounded by other Jewish people and Jewish culture, you get to make dubious insights.
But if you went to Seattle Prep and never left - then you don't get the privilege of using "Jew" in a discussion about the failed banking system, when you know neither Jews nor bankers.
His next defense - "I know LOTS of ethnic people!" Really? How many? He did some exaggerated hand math and held up the result. "Five!"
If you can actually count the number of non-caucasian people you know - on one hand - you are the product of a racist environment.