Aug 6, 2013
commented on Do You Love Ice Cream and Hate GMOs?
Dr. Bronner's will be in town for Hempfest. And it's not a soap truck; it's four cars decked out like various GE crops, which will be sticking around post-Hempfest until voting day in November (I was recently talking to Bronner's PR people about this for my job).
Jul 31, 2013
commented on The Worst Jobs We’ve Ever Had
One summer in high school I worked in a pet store, cleaning the animal cages, including the aquariums. One morning I came in to an entire cage full of dead finches (never any explanation, apparently "it just happens to finches"); another day I was bitten by the resident parrot. I regularly got a mouth full of gross fish-poopy aquarium water because the little suction device I used to clean the tanks required mouth suction to start.
Other worst job: conducting customer surveys for a local hospital group via phone. Not bad for the most part, but at least twice a night I'd hear a horrible tale about a diagnosis or treatment gone wrong that resulted in death, maiming or unnecessarily long recovery. This one wasn't physically demanding, just emotionally scarring.
Apr 1, 2013
commented on Where and How Do You Buy Your Liquor?
The one time I went to a no-longer-state-run liquor store (the one on Rainier Ave around Genesee), the new owner treated me to a (boring) diatribe about how everyone was just buying their booze at the grocery store even though they weren't any cheaper.
Since then, I just pick it up when I'm grocery shopping, usually at Red Apple on Beacon Hill. For crazy selection, BevMo and Wine World are both great. For fancy Washington/NW distillery stuff, Metropolitan Market is great; it's definitely a specialty place, but an interesting one.
Mar 29, 2013
commented on Alaska's Only Congressman Calls Mexicans Wetbacks
Another way for the congressman to say what I think he meant would be this: "My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 undocumented migrant farm workers to pick tomatoes." I think it's less racist, but still a highly problematic comment for a member of congress to make.
Mar 25, 2013
commented on If You Say Your Show Starts at 7, You Should Probably at Least Try to Start by 7
By contrast, I had tickets with friends for a show at the Rep on Friday. I was on time, they didn't show 'til intermission. Turns out they were 3 minutes late (so they said) which meant they couldn't walk down the aisle to their seat but had to sit in sort of a holding area and see the play on a monitor or something. They seemed irritated, but none of us faulted the policy. "Starts promptly at 7" or "doors at 7, show at 7:30" is the right fix.
And @14, yeah. Music always runs late, in part because of the breakdown/setup of different bands. Nice thing about theater: that's all done hours in advance.