Feb 11, 2015
commented on Is There a Better Word for Yuppie?
Not really. The point of "yuppies" was the way they could be seen as a phenomenon, and at the time the word was coined, they were seen as an anti-hippie phenomenon, that young people used to be a certain way (whether they were ever really that way or not) and were now a different way, a Reagan-era way, a "morning in America" neo-50s way.
Yuppies weren't any old "young urban professionals," they were also apolitical or right wing, professionally ambitious in a fairly traditional corporate setting, status-conscious, style-conscious, with a lot of disposable income that they wanted to spend in mostly hedonistic ways.
True yuppies were of their time. Have you seen American Psycho? Christian Bale's character is the perfect yuppie, and there's a reason that movie had to be set in the 1980s.
The people suggesting "amholes" or "brogrammers" or something similar related to the tech industry are probably most on the mark.
Feb 3, 2015
commented on Welcome to Town, Here's Why You're Stuck in Traffic
@1 -- what on earth are you talking about? When did we put all our money into rail technology? What rail technology is this? Also WHO is "ignoring" the potential of a better bus system? We're always trying to improve the bus system. It's just that east siders and suburbanites and Tim Eyman-style tax revoltists are always stepping in to ensure we don't have the money.
@9 -- Nobody is planning to tear up roads and replace them with light rail. That would indeed be silly.
And what city do you live in, anyway? We're not even talking about people living in a "suburb" and commuting into downtown. It's about people living -- for instance -- in Northgate, and one half of the couple works downtown but the other half works in West Seattle. The Northgate partner can take one bus to downtown which is fairly zippy, but rail would be zippier. The West Seattle half has a 90 minute bus commute because the transfers downtown are so awkward. And then if he drives because that's such a nightmare, his drive time varies wildly, from half an hour to almost as long as it takes to get there by bus.
What I don't understand is why it is taking so long just to expand one light rail corridor. The stop at Northgate is supposed to open in 2021, and they've already been at it for several years. 2021. ONE corridor. It makes no sense to me at all.
Feb 1, 2015
commented on First Impressions of Seattle by Someone from California
Some of these comments are weird. Did you actually read the article? She doesn't COMPLAIN about the weather, she just observes that it's more complicated than the weather in California and you need to have more than one kind of jacket.
I think Seattle is actually very attached to our punk/grunge/indie pop heritage, but it's not like we're "stuck" in the 90s -- it's more like the way New Orleans is attached to its heritage of jazz and blues.
Which reminds me -- we need, like, a Preservation Hall for grunge.
Jan 29, 2015
commented on This Morning's Best Long Read: Jonathan Chait On the Return of Political Correctness and the Online Swarm of Illiberal Liberals
First, I didn't find the article engagingly written, so my opinion here is based on skimming it for the key points -- there might be something important I missed. But in general, it seems to be arguing that we are "back" the the "political correctness" of the early 90s -- which might be so. We might be going through another wave of that zeitgeist.
But, you know, so what. It's a tempest in a teapot. Liberal PC policing has very little power outside of what are already protected liberal circles. That's why all his examples are so… small. Which is part of what makes the Chait article not very engaging -- it's often difficult to figure out what has happened in the anecdotes he relates that is supposed to be so outrageous.
He's not talking about people getting fired, legally censored, driven from their homes through death threats, or actually killed.
That's because the right wing ALWAYS has political correctness enforcement going on -- we just don't tend to call it that, because the term was mostly used by the right to describe the left. The worst examples of my lifetime were during the extremely fascist years immediately following 9/11. But look at something more recent, like gamergate -- a very broad-scale and dedicated attempt to silence feminist voices in the video game world through harassment.
That's political correctness from the right.
Dec 22, 2014
commented on I, Anonymous
You guys excoriating the LW are all jerks. And you're all guys, right? Because you clearly have zero sensitivity to how incredibly loaded any question of diamonds, engagement, and general realationship busy-bodying is when you're female.
The LW obviously knows full well that not-her-mother didn't intend to be an asshole, and that's probably why she didn't confront her directly, and instead resorted to venting on here.
Except not-her-mother WAS being an asshole.
It's a jerk move to 1. Assume that you'll be wearing a diamond if you are engaged, 2. Assume that it's any of your business if another couple gets engaged until they do something like, oh, I dunno, MAKE A FORMAL ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT, and 3. Comment in such an insensitive way, where she basically forced the LW into either dishonesty, or divulging personal information she might not want to share.