commented on Seattle Has the Worst Drivers
It isn't just Seattle. There is a culture of driving in Western Washington that is maddening. Most of the complaints about the style of driving mentioned in the first 33 comments, are the complaints I too would have. Chicago has been mentioned in comparison. Let me highlight merging onto the freeway comparison.
In Chicago people drive incredibly fast, but they are aware of people entering the freeway and will either drive faster to give you space to merge, or change lanes. They will likely avoid ENTERING THE LANE you are merging onto.
Here, it is like a competition to be a complete dickhead. People routinely change into the far right lane just at the point where people are merging. The people doing the merging as a result, are trained by these fuckheads to merge as s l o w l y as possible.
I mean for god's sake, you have to merge faster than 40 miles an hour.
I'm mystified by the right hand turn thing. Are people afraid they are going to tip their car? Why do you all do it so slowly? We enable this dysfunction by establishing right hand turn lanes only. Did you know that in the REST OF THE COUNTRY there are left hand turn lanes only but rarely any right hand turn lanes only. You know why? Because turning right should be EASY. FFS.
I also love the combo of the person in front of me driving on city streets significantly slower than conditions and traffic require but the driver behind me is on my ass. The combo is very interesting.
When a lane ends, people line up for miles to get into the proper lane. If others make full use of neighboring lanes and then merge, they are punished by passive aggressive lane squatters.
When I first moved here in 1994 I found the driving unpredictable and slightly terrifying. Now I'm used to it, once when family was visiting they noticed 4 crashes on the freeway between the airport and my house. And the question was "do people just get on the road and crash? What the hell?"
commented on To Tip Your Server or Not to Tip Your Server: That Is Not the Question
hmm... I thought 20% was a generous tip and not a must tip. That said, if the service is professional that's what I leave for the server. However, what is considered good service differs among patrons. I don't need and I sure don't want obsequious behavior that is tip driven. And I don't want indifferent or rude service because the server believes that no matter what, they are getting a tip (let alone a 20% tip).
I agree with everyone who says that the responsibility for a server's wage isn't up to the customer, but up to the employer. And the statement about the server being the face of the restaurant is exactly right.
I went to a local pub/restaurant in Olympia with family and the server was totally pissed that we sat in her section. Maybe she was about to end her shift, but we screwed that up by sitting in her section. Since she wasn't wearing a billboard that said as much, how was I to know? Or she was just in a bad mood. In any case she made certain that we understood that she was ignoring us as long as possible before it might get her in trouble. She handled the glasses by the edge. When one of my companions asked for a straw, she unwrapped the straw, made a point of handling it and then shoved it in the drink with dramatic flare. I have never been back to Tugboat Annies and will never go again.
I'm polite in restaurants and fully recognize/remember how hard the job is. I'm only interested in a good meal and my connection to the server is friendly and reasonable. I'm grateful when the server remembers to fill my water or iced tea. I'm happy when the server checks back once during the meal.
If a server acts as if I completely fucked up his/her day by walking into the restaurant then they aren't getting a lesser tip, they are getting no tip. The big fat zero tip. When I get completely ignored, or some sort of Pacific NW passive aggressive crap, I don't tip. And I never go back to the restaurant. It's only happened a couple of times and I really can't come up with a legitimate reason why the server acted the way they did. Could be they made some assumptions about who I was, confused me with another patron or something more insidious...who knows?
Why would I pay more for an experience that has ruined my day? Why would I want to feel like a complete patsy and reward someone for treating me like crap?
Places where the servers are decent, professional are places I enjoy going. They are 100% the front face of that restaurant. And those folks get 20% every time and more during the holidays.
commented on Zimmerman Verdict Must-Reads
At what point should any stand your ground law supersede an individual's responsibility to not seek out an incident to use it? The assumption in any story that support's Zimmerman's story is that Travon Martin deserved to be chased and hunted down.
Maybe the law doesn't address that element in this story, but everything I've seen about Zimmerman's position and those who supported him-nationwide-seems to rest on the assumption that Martin had it coming because he sought to defend himself from a maniac chasing him with a gun.
commented on Rodney Tom Proposes Bankrupting Poor Members of the Legislature in Order to Get His Own Way Next Session
One of his constituents has reported that Tom hasn't had one single town meeting sort of thing with his district. Tom knows that everyone hates him and he's a one hit wonder.
I can't imagine that he'll get re-elected. While I hold the whole legislature responsible for the cluster that was 2013, I don't know too many people that were happy about the brinksmanship. And people seem to understand who the spokesman was for that brinksmanship.
commented on Microsoft Reorganization Coming Thursday?
Maybe they will install user focus groups.
MS: Does this inexplicable and useless change make your life easier?
Every human being who uses Windows: NO!
MS: Okay, we won't change it.
commented on The Tech Industry's Meritocracy Has No Time for Unions
People who aren't touched by economic crisis tend to not be able to be supportive. When the Washington State legislature made cut after cut to higher education, one faculty member remarked that it didn't affect her because her pay would never be affected and so she just pushed it out of her mind. The cuts were up to everyone else to take.
To me the whole meritocracy thing applies across class more than union versus non-union. These faculty members are represented by the United Faculty. But behind closed doors, every damned perk important to the faculty was more important than other people losing their jobs.
The Marie Antoinette complex.
commented on Will Dark or Light Curtains Better Stop My Apartment from Broiling Me Alive?
Dark curtains are the way to go. SHUT THE WINDOWS and keep the hot air outside. If you have a north facing window, you can open that for air flow, but shut the east and west facing windows for sure. Keep the lights off. Turn off extraneous electric stuff, like computers and the TV to keep extra heat from coming in.
Keep fans circulating the air inside. When the temp outside equals the temp inside, open the windows.
I use those fans that have the twin set of fans in smaller windows, and a box fan for the patio door and have a ceiling fan too.
You can turn one of the small fans around, or with the ones that have a reverse flow, you need to have it so that it is pulling the hot air in your place out at least one window.
If you don't have any shade outside your place, it may not make it tolerable, but if there is any way to block the sun coming in the west facing windows, outside of your house, you should do that. If there is a patio, hang some planters with those trailing petunias in them. If you water them and fertilize them, it may offer enough exterior plant shade to keep the heat gain down a notch or two.
There are dark drapes that have the light block lining on the window side. Buy those. Now.