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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!
Apr 26 Bauhaus I commented on The Great Black Actor Don Cheadle Makes Miles Davis Look Like a Fool in Miles Ahead.
Gosh, that's too bad, Cholly. Biopics of jazz musicians don't come along very often, and it's upsetting that they wouldn't get the one about Miles Davis right. Of course there's precedent. Lady Sings the Blues was Barry Gordy's star wehicle for Diana Ross more than it was an intentional examination of the marvelously unique talent and the heartbreaking epoch of Lady Day.

You are so correct about jazz musicians. They are the best of their kind. One has to know his instrument so completely as for it to be an extension, and to know the music so well - backward and forward - in order to improvise and boldly, courageously variate.

I'll still probably see the film.
Apr 21 Bauhaus I commented on Tim Eyman Declares War on Sound Transit—Again.
Here he comes again - that box-headed little creep. Too bad there isn't some way of suing Eyman for all the expense he has caused the state with all of these silly-assed initiatives. Frankly, he's the reason why I think the initiative option should be removed from the political process. Seems to hurt more than it helps. If that little bastard has a bee in his underwear about something, let him take the issue down to Olympia and find a sponsor for it and bring it to a vote in the state house. That would perhaps shut him up or at least remove his name from the elections.
Jan 14 Bauhaus I commented on Oscar Nominations for 2016: Hollywood Versus Wall Street.
The Oscar is a questionable award (unfortunately), and the Academy has given it to some real doozies in the past (embarrassingly so). There have been several nominations in its history to very noteworthy actors and crafts people of color. Maybe there should have been more, but did Diana Ross really deserve a nomination for Lady Sings the Blues which was less about Lady Day than it was Berry Gordy's star vehicle for Ms. Ross.

Here's my point: If an organization is attempting to reward outstanding achievement and it gets to the day where the board members look at the list of white/mostly white nominees and say, "Oh, shit. We better nominate some black folk (or gay people, or a few Asians, etc.)," then it's time to just shut the thing down.

I can't speak for an African-American artist, but I think I might be correct in thinking that a self-respecting one wouldn't want his/her name added to a last minute list made to look more diverse.
Jan 12 Bauhaus I commented on Guns Do Not Make Us Safer. know, it seems like being able to purchase a firearm of my choosing, and being able to carry that wherever my — me and my family are...

Notice that she isn't interested in getting a weapon just big enough to stop her attacker (if that's what it would do). She wants a firearm "of her choosing." Would a bazooka do? Sorry the lady was attacked and no longer feels safe, etc., but she sounds like an NRA plant.
Jan 12 Bauhaus I commented on Tom Douglas Announces He'll Eliminate Tipping and Raise Wages to $15 an Hour on February 1.
I love all these upper-end restaurants eliminating tipping as a reaction to an enforced living wage. Yeah, and that 20% service charge going to the staff? I want to see the books.