Aug 17, 2016
commented on $6 Pho, Meet Your Expat Buddy, the $15 Singapore Sling
Johnson seems to be taking the "the best defense is a strong offense" approach to this place. Doesn't really change that he and Hammond are doing what westerners do - take something "exotic" (to them), spending a lot to pretty it up, and pricing it way higher than any restaurants owned and operated by people within that very culture. As a bonus, he gets in a good dig about why no one should eat at Asian restaurants offering $6 pho.
Well done, white savior!
Aug 12, 2016
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Swinging Double Standards
The LW sounds like what is really bugging her is the presence of single women, not the absence of single men - but to frame it as a question about equality for the menz comes across as less insecure or less potentially jealous. Perhaps she's concerned that she'll be stuck with the choice of either pretending to be into a girl-on-girl scene, or watching her BF with some chick while she has nothing (no one) to do.
LW sounds very GGG, but maybe should spend a little more time identifying what she's comfortable with and being honest with herself and the boyfriend about her boundaries.
Aug 3, 2016
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Back To the Dorms
The GF is young enough to be living in dorms, and flaked on the dorm deadline. It could be because she assumed the relationship was going well, could be because she was trying to take advantage of LW - or it could be that she's (presumably) in her early 20s, hasn't been made to be an independent adult and didn't think she needed to be on top of this. Young adults of college age aren't exactly known for being super duper responsible. I mean, did she and the LW have an agreement about seeing how it was going halfway through the summer? Was there any reason she would believe the intention was to not return to the dorms at all?
The relationship sounds like it's run its course no matter what - the issue isn't how to get her to move out, it's how to break up with her. But LW might want to reflect on what made him offer free rent to someone he'd only been dating a few months, and why someone in his early 30s with his shit together would be interested in an immature college student.
Jul 28, 2016
commented on The Morning News: Obama Electrifies the DNC, Capitol Hill Man Arrested for Throwing Batarang
I'm confused as to why the Stranger is lamenting the loss of housing that isn't subsidized, but is under market rent, in Bellevue, but while that was happening in Capitol Hill (we're in the final death throes of it now) it was all about density-density-density.
I agree with the premise that housing needs to be seen as a right, and that affordable housing that isn't Affordable Housing (subsidized) is a critical and disappearing part of cities, but this is as inconsistent as the Stranger's lionizing the destruction of the 500 block of E Pine while championing similar developments that didn't have the foresight to house the Cha Cha Lounge.
Jul 5, 2016
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Taking a Break, Breaking a Heart, Casting a Ballot
The end of this letter got super squicky. Gun ownership + implied threat of retaliation. Gee, I wonder why this chick would choose a less-direct way of getting this guy out of her life?
I appreciate Dan taking the high road in his answer, and hope the LW takes it all to heart.
Also? You're both 22! a six-month relationship is a lifetime at that age.
Jun 21, 2016
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: New Father Wants a Threesome Right Now
@14 - my first thought was that Dan should answer more letters on his way out the door.
As others have said/asked - were there discussions about threesomes before the pregnancy? Who initiated those conversations (I'm going to go out on a limb here and say him)?
I thought dudes were supposed to wait until about 45 before panicking about not being able to bang hot young things.