commented on Maybe He's One of the X-Men
Even if the kid is emitting a flammable gas from his pores (which I doubt) he still requires a source of ignition. And enough of the stuff immediately around him at ignition to matter. (Think about how you can't ignite a propane grill if you don't build up some pressure between the tank and the igniter first.)
@1 and/or @7 probably have it right.
commented on "Chick-fil-A Eyes Washington"
I had my first job at CFA, at a franchise owned by Dan Cathy (almost 20 years ago). It's good chicken, certainly better than most fast food chicken. Though these days I prefer Bojangles for both culinary and political reasons.
I predict it will do very well in most of Not-Seattle, WA, sadly. There just isn't much competition up that way.
commented on Paula Deen: "I Is What I Is"
Paula Deen has made a career out of marketing herself as a caricature of white southern-ness bordering on minstrelsy, which (as a white native of Georgia, and friend to a great many southerners of all colors) I find kind of disgusting. Institutionalized racism is part of the baggage that comes with that schtick, and anyone who tries to assert otherwise is simply being obtuse. If that's your thing, you really have no right to be surprised or shocked when your attitudes and actions regarding race come under a little more scrutiny than average.
So for her to make a habit of saying "nigger", or of being simply a bit racially insensitive in her place of business is just profoundly stupid.
As far as I know, she may be a perfectly reasonable person who holds no real animus towards anyone based on race, and she's just a bit thick about the whole thing. Plenty of well meaning white folks down south would fit that description. They aren't monsters, but they aren't faultless either. I sincerely hope some of them are paying attention, instead of just reflexively going on the defensive about this stuff.
And this is where Deen could actually help make things a little better: she really needs to shut the fuck up and climb down off her fucking cross. Her opportunity for redemption here, to my mind, is not in asserting how not-racist she is, but in taking her lumps without being such a martyr about it.
commented on "What Should I Know Before Deciding to Move to Seattle?"
I'm straight and a little nerdy, and I have fucking loved living in Capitol Hill. If you're under 30, check out Pike/Pine; over 30, I recommend checking out 15th. (But check out both, if you have time, anyway.)
Also consider Georgetown and maybe West Seattle if either doesn't make the commute to work too painful.
Fremont is a nice place to visit but a shitshow on Friday and Saturday nights. Ditto Belltown. Ditto Pioneer Square.
There is basically nothing to do in Downtown, except shop. If you go to Pike Place, go around the corner to Zanadu Comics, too (which is where I'm headed this fine Wednesday as soon as I hit 'publish'.)
Every successful conversation you have with a stranger in Seattle will eventually come around to the topic of how hard it is to meet and talk to people in Seattle, without irony. You'll get used to it.
The rain thing is overstated; the persistent darkness of winter is not. Take a trip somewhere sunny in December or January, for at least a week. Seriously.