Jul 19, 2012
commented on Endorsements for the August 7 Primary Election
If someone were to say how much they were hating the city of Seattle and how they were ONLY here until their daughter graduated from high school or college or whatever and they could finally leave this hated burg, presumably out of the state--I mean, would they be moving to Spokane or the Tri-Cities, maybe??...if someone were to say that, wouldn't it make sense that they not be on a paper's committee for political endorsements for said city and state and even fed from Washington State...? I mean, wouldn't that make sense?
Apr 28, 2012
commented on Another One Bites the Dust
Not just Pike/Pine corridor...There were and are wonderful 2-story brick buildings all along Broadway too...about half of them gone now thanks in part to the Stranger's rabid promotion of raising the building limit to six stories. Human scale fades to be replaced by the likes of the one-whole-block-consuming Joule with it's chain retail and the similar hugeness of the new structure at Thomas and Broadway. Way to go Stranger, once again.
Dec 18, 2011
commented on Of Ice and Men
Well, golly, I'm from Wisconsin dontcha' know, and I have had my share of skating for like two miles out into the middle of Lake Mendota in the middle of January and getting all scared because the ice was popping loud because of the stress fractures and I was all by myself and I thought I was going to DIE! Sucked down into the depths of that deep lake that the UW Department of Limnology always kept us posted on as to when it "turned over." In the spring, I knew I would come to the surface in the spring.
But I didn't DIE and it was so completely cool and something I will always treasure in my behind vision of my life. IT WAS SO TOTALLY COOL! You can't imagine how cool it was out there.
So, inevitably, I had to go check out the skating rink at Cal Anderson Park, which I thought, and think, is, was, a GREAT idea. What could be better than a skating rink??!!
But what could be better is a rink where people could watch the skaters skating and being happy and Christmassey and all that. It's a first year effort so give the folks a break but don't kill it. It's a great idea! Make it somehow where people that don't particularly want to skate in a teensy weensy little fake pond can enjoy the great joy of those that do! Think Wolman Rink in New York.
As it is, if you want to skate you are funneled into this little entry gate and if you don't want to skate and just want to watch sentimentally and all Christmassey you are shit out of luck because it's all surrounded by chain link fence and an alley.
So good first effort. Do it again. Do it better. We want to watch!
Dec 16, 2011
commented on Where Do They Go Now?
A couple weeks ago, I was waiting to cross at Broadway and Pine and overheard a group of young women behind me talking about Occupy and the upcoming port demonstration. One of them was really pissed. "I work my fucking ass off every day driving that truck and they're going to close down the port?!" she said, wondering what was the point of keeping her from working.
Despite valid issues, makes you wonder about a movement that would adopt this strategy.
Apr 5, 2011
commented on Tunnel Referendum Has Enough Signatures for a Vote
@12 I used to think was a compelling argument. The Embarcadero is one of my favorite places on the planet. But, I realized it's quite different than our situation in Seattle. What is the traffic demand on the Embarcadero? Tourists heading to North Beach and maybe residents heading to the Marina. The industrial port in San Francisco moved south of this area long ago. In Seattle, you are dealing with the heart of the port--very important to the city, very important to jobs and the working class in this city. What is a street-level alternative going to do the port?
Dec 29, 2010
commented on How to Be a Father
Does no one, most of all the Stranger editors, realize that NO ONE ever wants to read anything Charles Mudede writes ever again!? Seriously, I would rather read ten Everett True columns than one single word more of Charles Mudede. Can no one stop him?
Oh, the humanity!!
Dec 14, 2010
commented on Do It—Put Signs on Skyscrapers
Dominic, you write: "If say after 10 years we truly resent the signs, then we pull 'em down."
So kind of like the Bush tax cuts, huh? We'll just get rid of 'em, right?
This is really really stooopid.