Jan 20, 2015
commented on Guest Editorial: Perhaps Seattle Should Find a Plan B for the Downtown Tunnel Project
Funny that people think that once Bertha is finally repaired, it will move seamlessly through the other 88% of the dig. Remember how a metal pipe fucked the cutting head to the point of repair? From THIS POST
a year ago:
And that pipe may be only the beginning: Crews have since sampled the soil ahead of the stalled machine and discovered more likely metal obstructions in tunnel digger's path, which all must be somehow removed before Betha can move again.
"We have probed 12 holes and encountered other obstructions in six of those holes," said Chris Dixon, the program manager for Seattle Tunneling Partners, which has a billion-dollar contract with the state to dig the tunnel (his company is not the same contractor the state worked with in 2002 that installed the pipe). Those obstructions are not believed to be boulders or timber, he said, leading him to believe they are "metal objects." (WSDOT's website claims that out of 17 soil samples, officials found four obstructions.) The tunneling machine, which is designed to churn though soils and break boulders, cannot chew through metal.
Yeah... there isn't a snowballs chance in hell this thing is ever getting finished in a timely manner or with acceptable cost overruns. It will most likely break down under a historical building, and that will be the end of this whole sad affair.
Nov 7, 2014
commented on I, Anonymous
A few months ago I came upon a hipster who had passed out across from the Viva apartments on Union, fallen forward into an alcove and smashed his head against a brick wall. he was laying face down with his head and neck wedged between the wall and his shoulder. He was completely unresponsive (to the point that I thought he might be dead) and I was afraid to roll him if he had a neck injury. I called 911 and stayed until the paramedics got there; Seeing the constant stream of indifferent & cruel drunks who made fun of him as they walked past was a fucking disgusting... I don't know what happened to him, but even if he was completely unharmed and just drunk as hell, I don't regret getting him help.
Nov 3, 2014
commented on Comic
When I was in elementary school, a girl in my class was riding in a local mall elevator when a woman got caught in the doors and was cut in half between floors. For years afterwards, I thought about her every time I got in an elevator, imagining how traumatic that would be to witness firsthand... to the point that I developed a phobia of getting chopped in half myself. To this day, I can't get in an elevator without quickly hopping past the threshold.
(So I guess what I'm trying to say is, can I do a traumatic childhood cartoon next?)