Jul 15, 2014 gi commented on No Dive Bar is Safe: Bye Bye 2 Bit Saloon.
A short (not-comprehensive by any stretch) list of in-the-city chill/divey bars from someone who grew up here:
Leny's Place-- Wallingford
Pacific Inn Pub--Fremont
Central Saloon-- Pioneer Square
Targy's-- Upper Queen Anne
Smoke Shop-- Ballard
Back Door Pub-- Lake City
Loretta's -- South Park
Souvanny's-- Rainier Beach
Double Header-- Pioneer Square
The Hummingbird Saloon-- Columbia City
Lava Lounge-- Belltown
Resevoir Tavern-- Maple Leaf
Siren Tavern-- SODO
Maxim's Sport's Bar-- Hillman City
The Crescent-- Capitol Hill
Victory Lounge-- Cascade/Eastlake
Quarter Lounge-- First Hill
Merchant Restaurant-- Pioneer Square

Some of these are a little newer, some are as old as Seattle. Some are more music-oriented, others are straight up darts-and-whisky hangouts. There's more than this, but just off the top of my head (without mentioning a few of the obvious ones.)
This list isn't meant to deny the real and pretty awful gentrification of the city, but there are still a few low-pretense hangouts left.
Apr 25, 2014 gi commented on The Fight Over a Late-Night Hangout Called Waid's.
This is clearly racism on the part of neighbors and the city. Waids is great.
Apr 21, 2014 gi commented on Finally, a Band From Bremerton That Doesn't Suck.
weren't Death Cab Bellingham?
Oct 25, 2013 gi commented on Man Moves Downtown, Gets Disgusted by Sight of Poor People, Proclaims Seattle "Broken".
this guy is a douche, but don't take it out on Nightwatch or Union Gospel Mission, who actually do good work, and have been for years.
Jul 17, 2013 gi commented on Make Fun of Candlebox All You Want, But....
"Far Behind" and "You" were the hits off this album, and are different songs.

As a young grunger I got this album and Sweet Oblivion around the same time. Guess which I (occasionally) return to?
Jun 11, 2013 gi commented on Dan Harmon Is Returning to Community: What Do You Think?.
harmon's return is cool, but everything that was wrong about season four (and there were some decent episodes) was put into place by harmon in season three. The constant call-backs, the pandering to an increasingly myopic fanbase, all that, those were trees Harmon planted.
May 21, 2013 gi commented on Best Show Promo Video of the Year (So Far).
grins! wins.
May 21, 2013 gi commented on Amazon Wants to Build Biodomes in the Denny Triangle.
They've got the land. They're gonna build there anyway. These things look pretty cool and I hope they do it.
May 13, 2013 gi commented on Meanwhile, in Downtown Everett.
Downtown Everett has a few cool spots. Don't know how they're doing financially-- they may, indeed, be about to close-- but I like Tony V's, Zippy's Java Lounge, Anchor Pub and the Co-Op is great.
Apr 29, 2013 gi commented on What You're Not Wearing: Portland Edition!!.
leather jacket and white shirts tie for the dudes. sundress all the way for the ladies.

also: there are things about portland that are lame. there are also lame people there. there are similar, but slightly different lame things and people in seattle. SHOCKERS!!!!