May 26, 2016 TLjr commented on 50 Places in Seattle That You're Taking for Granted.
@18: Shortly after I landed in Seattle I met a friendly local who asked from where I'd come. I casually mentioned that I'd come from Chicago. He wrinkled his face a bit and said "Oh."


"I just can't imagine why anyone would want to live there."

This struck me as an odd pronouncement from someone who by his own admission had never been within a timezone of the city by the lake, but I eventually realized that a certain segment of the local identity consists of talking with each other about how great Seattle is and how awful most everywhere else is. At first it seemed almost laughably provincial -- which it is, of course -- but now it's just another of the city's endearing quirks.
Mar 25, 2016 TLjr commented on See How Vinyl Records Get Made, and Note How Well They're Selling.
I've owned and used both formats for decades. Nowadays I use CDs for convenience, and my records when I just want to kick back and dig my records. My mid priced record player can track most any platter. Records I've owned and babied for decades sound great, of course, but even the old stuff I got from the Cellophane Square bargain bins sounds pretty good.

I'd have stuck with the format regardless, because no way was I going to replace all that old software. But it's great to have all the kids along for the ride.
Feb 1, 2016 TLjr commented on Guest Editorial: What If Seattle Is Just Not a World-Class City of Literature?.
I had no idea this whole "City of Literature" thing was about chasing some silly UNESCO designation. But I guess it makes sense, because Seattle had no music scene that anybody knew or cared about until UNESCO declared it a City of Rock.
Dec 11, 2015 TLjr commented on As an Austrian, I Am Baffled by America's Love for The Sound of Music.
Interesting that the author for taking TSOM A seriously. Certainly nobody in the U.S. has done that since, oh, 1965.
Oct 30, 2015 TLjr commented on Seattle Is One of the Most Dangerous Places in the World.
It's always something.
Aug 8, 2015 TLjr commented on Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Bernie Sanders at Social Security Rally.
Because yeah, way left liberal Dems are obviously the core of the problem of cops killing black people.
Aug 5, 2015 TLjr commented on Socialist Bernie Sanders to Hold Fundraiser at the Comet, Which Is Owned by a Prominent Critic of Local Socialists.
Was he one of the ones who was pushing for local voters to split their ballots and vote Obama and McKenna in 2012 ?
Jul 17, 2015 TLjr commented on I’m Trying to Stay Excited About the Return of Bloom County.
I liked Outland. I think that was where he really started to go at a certain local billionaire.
Jun 29, 2015 TLjr commented on At Hotel Albatross, the Tiki Drinks and Street Food Are All Over the Map.
Facial hair, cheap beer, fixies, vinyl, and now tiki drinks. What will hipsters ruin next?
Jun 24, 2015 TLjr commented on Yes, I'm Still on PrEP, and Yes, I Still Think of It as a Godsend.
I'm one of those old farts who spent way too much of my youth stressing about HIV and watching friends die from it. A few decades of prep might just wipe it out. That would be awesome.

Have fun, kid.