commented on Where Should I Buy a New Mattress?
That mattress joint in Ballard next to Taco del Mar. Not just a local shop, but the mattress is locally made as well, and they've got versions made of organic hippie bullshit or something. I got mine there and it's awesome.
PLUS! Get some Taco del Mar while you're at it...? Eh? Mattress + fish tacos, can't go wrong.
commented on New I-522 Ads on the Air
I am voting Yes on I-522, because after I-522 I will buy and eat GMOs.
Don't think GMOs are bad? Great! Eat them to your heart's content. In fact, prices will probably improve greatly due to other peoples' distrust.
Think they're bad? Great! Buy expensive stuff and make my food cheaper.
Vote miserly! I want to know my food is GMO, so that I can demand it to be cheaper!
commented on Seattle's North 85th Street
The worst street in Seattle is Shilshole in Ballard, the cyclist graveyard. Heaven forbid the gravel pits and toxic waste barrel parking zones get replaced with Burke Gilman Trail. McGinn is as pro pedestrian/bike/public transport a mayor you'll ever see, and this is a big ugly black mark on his pro-bike legacy.
commented on Never Heard of 'Em: Heldon
This is such a poor choice of next band to expose you to. Even if they were influential (doubtful), their derivatives and predecessors have almost certainly got somebody more meaningful that you should know. A quick Youtube search will find that they only have about 2 things that break 500
A search for Heldon on KEXP only brings up results after the search corrects it to "Held on".
The music staff might as well have said "Oh, you've never heard of Blergnarg? You have GOT to hear Blergnarg" and laughed as you wasted hours of your life researching a made-up band.
commented on C'mon Seattle
I love that this is as close to sports coverage the Stranger gets, other than writing fanfiction about our non-existent basketball and hockey teams XD
commented on Is Ballard DOOMED?
The hotel will be fine. There isn't another hotel west of the U-district.
In fact, if the hotel made itself uglier (say, by matching the standards of the unfinished Burke Gilman trail link, complete with some industrial waste and cyclist corpses to match a gravel sidewalk) and would still make for great business.
Ballard's got huge problems of beauty, accessibility, pedestrian friendliness, and pollution. It's called Shitshole. Er, Shilshole? The hotel isn't the problem, and the hotel isn't threatened.
commented on How Ugly Is This Ugly Ballard Building?
I would kill a herd of yaks for the chance to fill in Burke Gilman's missing link in Ballard with a hideous Vegas bike path. FACE IT Ballard, half our neighborhood is a cross between an industrial waste dump and a Mad Max kill-cyclists-for-points post apocalyptic death trap. Every dog that takes a shit near the Ballard waterline improves the ambiance of this giant parking lot, and until we get a real bike path I don't think this building's priority #1.
commented on The City Makes Blackbirds Dumber
At Green Lake, the blackbirds have learned to read oncoming traffic. When the road is clear, they swoop down and place nuts in the street where they expect tires, then duck away. Cars come by, crack open their otherwise unattainable nuts, and the blackbirds swoop down to get it.
The first time I saw this while out on a run, I was amazed. I thought to myself, "Wow! Some day, I'll use this anecdote to make a journalist look like they're full of shit."