Jan 19, 2016
commented on Distracted Pedestrians Are Not the Same As Distracted Drivers
I typically bus to work and walk home. In the past seven years, work changes have increased the distance from two to three to just recently four miles, all on different routes. The first two routes involved a lot of cars. The current walk includes the section of the Burke-Gilman between the Fremont Bridge and the U-District. Of course the car dangers are more severe, but generally, drivers seem surprised and apologetic when I let them know it's my right-of-way (with a wave, a shout, or even a slap on their hood). This new walk involves far more bikes than cars and, wow! There are some asshole cyclists out there! Just tonight I watched a cyclist dicing through joggers/walkers way too fast, yelling "out of the way!" all-too ironically within view of the "bikers yield to peds" sign. I know most cyclists are conscientious, but the asshole minority? No apologies, all entitlement. Kudos to you bikers who ride with respect and call out your counterparts who don't.
Nov 25, 2015
commented on Watch Seth Meyers (Nicely!) Hand Sarah Palin Her Ass
Funny, Seth obviously felt she was wrong, but asked his questions respectfully in such a way as to make her contradict herself, which she did, but he kept her from becoming enflamed in a shouting match. And she responded as well as her intellect allows - but you've got to admit, with relative grace.
This is exactly how I speak to my conservative family members at Thanksgiving. Maybe Seth was just rehearsing?
Oct 22, 2015
commented on Post-Nazi Germany Faces the Dark Truth in Labyrinth of Lies
I've often wondered how modern Germans perceive the war and the holocaust. We traveled in Bavaria two years ago and came upon a pretty striking museum in Berchtesgaden. The written displays were strictly and intentionally in German - their point that this museum was for Germans first. We tourists used hand-held translators pressed to our ears. It basically explored how/why Hitler and his party were able to gain power and commit such unspeakable crimes. It was presented as a shameful, cautionary tale. It was powerful.
Aside from that though, folks I spoke to kind of brushed off the history. They didn't deny anything, but didn't really want to talk about it.
Upon returning home, I read a good deal online and this one person's comment stuck with me: "as German students, we are told that 'there was a horrible war. We started it. We lost.""
Thanks for the tip on this film. I'll check it out.
Oct 5, 2015
commented on A Few Things I Noticed About the Washington Coast
Also a Nothern CA native, and our first trip to the WA coast felt very much the same - especially the lack of super-expensive properties. And the beach-driving. Since then we've explored other spots mentioned above. This place is mind-blowing. Stark, diverse and pristine. (Sorry to expose your secrets, natives). One thing missing up here though are those damned magical coast redwoods.