Bauhaus I
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Sep 8 Bauhaus I commented on The Morning News: Seattle Needs to Spend Even More on Light Rail, Everett Puts Pressure on Its Poorest Drunks.
The thing I remember most about public transportation in Vancouver is how frequently buses ran - especially downtown. Yes, buses were crowded certain times of the day, but you miss a bus in Vancouver? No problem. There's another one in 7 minutes. The thing I remember most about public transportation in Seattle is waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting. It would take all day to run a couple of errands and get back home.
Aug 24 Bauhaus I commented on The Coming Death of One of Seattle's Few Black-Loved Supermarkets.
Welcome to my world. Think of all the different supermarkets there used to be in Seattle: QFC, Larry's, Safeway, Treadwell, etc. And all of them slightly different serving a different market/neighborhood. In Los Angeles, there used to be Alpha Beta, Hughes, Vons, Ralphs, Market Basket, Safeway, etc. Again, each with its own personality. Many grocers have disappeared. The remaining ones are all Kroger-owned or Safeway-Albertsons-owned, and they are all pretty much alike. You probably can't find pig's feet or chitterlings anywhere outside of the South short of a special order. In point of fact, many neighborhoods have lost their friendly, local grocer.
Aug 9 Bauhaus I commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Worst Breakup Story Ever.
BTW, there is no greater guarantee of future poverty than having children alone (if you are just starting out and struggling to make it).
Aug 9 Bauhaus I commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Worst Breakup Story Ever.
El aborto, senorita! Daddy got cold feet. Sorry, girl, but P.S.? Starting a marriage off with a kid, even if you've been together a long time, is a terrible, terrible idea.
Aug 9 Bauhaus I commented on Thomas Piketty and the Zombie of Trickle Down Economics.
My takeaway from John Kenneth Galbraith's The Affluent Society was that the rich and the leaders who are in the rich folk's pockets always scream that as a society we cannot afford this and we cannot afford that. It would bankrupt the country. Of course, it's all bullshit. The arc of wealth almost always ends up bending towards greed. CEOs don't want just three mansions anymore. They want twenty-four. It's a macho thing to them. To suggest that they could get by with, say, sixteen infuriates them.

Within reason of course, there's all kinds of money for many worthy social programs. It's just that the rich don't want to help pay for them. Billionaires worry into the deep of the night that some woman has had ten children by eight different men, and they are financing it! Meanwhile, schools crumble, infrastructure rots, children go hungry, hopelessness prevails.

Since this is Elvis Week. let's take a look at him. Back in the 50s, the government took 90-cents of every dollar he made. Did he ever go without? Did he ever have to skip dinner? Well if he did, it was because he was flying back to Memphis on his own jet to buy Cadillacs for his entourage.

So I snicker now instead of getting mad when I hear a successful small businessman rail against a decent minimum wage. I'm not so sure $15/hr is all that decent. That's still a pretty challenging living wage. It's just that $7-and- whatever/hr was criminal, really, and being that for so long while at the same time there were more and more billionaires created. Something very wrong there.

And I know the arguments of rewarding hard work and creativity and free markets must prevail. Fine. But you must know that so many of those billionaires simply had the right name at the right place at the right time. Additionally, the middle-class (what's left of it) has to pay its fair share, too. We all do. It's the price of living in a civilized nation. Ultimately, my question is this: What kind of society, what kind of country do you want to live in?
Aug 4 Bauhaus I commented on Seattle's Neighborhood Councils Are Exclusionary, Self-Interested "Cartels," and the City Wants to Cut Ties with Them.
I'm all for density, and I am certainly for more affordable rents. I had to leave Seattle, my home, when I became disabled because my income became fixed in a rising rent scenario - a most unhappy combination. I'm still not over it, and it has been several years now. I know now I should have purchased a house or condo at the start of the boom. (My Belltown apartment went condo and was offered to me for $94K in 1996. It's now valued at $210K. I didn't think I could afford the ~$800/mo. mortgage payments back then, so I rented other apartments for several more years - eventually paying way more than $800/mo.)

But you see that pretty little neighborhood with all the trees in the picture that accompanies this article? I sure would hate to see pretty little neighborhoods like that one in Seattle destroyed by chopping down those trees and supplanting them with big, ugly high-rises. I have seen that happen in other cities, and it's a drag. Seattle is so uniquely gorgeous that whatever is done about the housing crisis (and crisis is the right word), I hope the planners and developers are very careful to keep Seattle Seattle.
Aug 3 Bauhaus I commented on The Bachelorette Recap: Final Episode—Sorry to Have Wasted Your Time.
Anyone who buys any of the shit on this show is brain damaged. And yeah, I know there are a lot of you out there.
Jun 2 Bauhaus I commented on Blue Angel Crashes In Tennessee.
I wouldn't miss the Blue Angels at all, but you're never going to remove them from Seafair.Too many aircraft-making people and buck-toothed planes nerds not to mention the military gung-hos. They would rise up and storm ever beer mart in Seattle.

It's a lost cause. If you hate it or can't stand it, just get out of town while the BA's are in town (Pride Week in Vancouver, for instance).
May 10 Bauhaus I commented on Tickets For This Year's Burning Beast Go On Sale Tomorrow Morning.
I can't imagine a vegan (or vegetarian for that matter) going anywhere near this place. Once you've been on a meatless diet for a while, the smell of burning animal flesh is not a pleasant experience.
May 6 Bauhaus I commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Bonus Advice for WWWM & VIRGN.
Looking forward to Real Time tonight and you representing like you do with your goddamn gorgeous, middle-aged self. Break a leg, hero!