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  • What is your sweetest taboo?: tormenting trolls on my local paper's comment thread
  • God is: exasperated with his followers
  • If you could bring one dead person back to life, who would it be?: I won't say
  • What book have you read the most?: Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast
  • What song or movie makes you cry?: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of "Somwhere over the Rainbow"

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Oct 1, 2013 lauramae commented on Let Them Eat Tea!.
It is difficult to put in words how much I hate the House Republicans. AND how frustrating it is that more than a few media sources are trying to be neutral and describe this as a failure of "both sides" to negotiate.

I'm actually surprised when a commentator or writer takes the Republicans to task about using governance issues to manufacture crisis.
Sep 30, 2013 lauramae commented on Tea Party "at New Low".
There are still 23% who like the tea party? Jesus those people are idiots. I'm surprised they even understand the ballot.
Sep 27, 2013 lauramae commented on How One Reader Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Obamacare.
I worry about people who were previously covered by their employers, and now those employers are dropping the workers to fend for themselves. Isn't that what the strike vote was about for the grocery workers yesterday? Also Trader Joes has made the same decision--dropping coverage of workers who work fewer than 30 hours a week---and then cutting hours so they don't work 30 + hours.

While I agree 100% that insurance should not be tied to employment, if insurers are so stupid that they cannot explain the system, I really feel badly for these workers now having to navigate the system after putting in grueling days on their feet, and likely dealing with spoiled customers of privilege.

It's good that we work out the kinks of the system with people who aren't white collar cubical princesses.
Sep 17, 2013 lauramae commented on Everyone Is Telling Me to Eat Chia Seeds.
They are slimy and gelatinous. They are supposed be good sources of something or other---I think omega 3. You know what also has Omega 3? Delicious salmon which isn't gelatinous and a dark gray color.

Also Kombucha...york.
Sep 16, 2013 lauramae commented on Recycle Your CFL Bulb and Get a Replacement Bulb for Free.
I hate CFLs. First, they apparently don't like to be in sockets that have the bulb pointing down. The blubs I had in my bathroom burned out more quickly then the standard light bulbs. And they sit around waiting for a time when I can recycle them.

And the kind that should fit ceiling pocket lights don't fit. The base is too wide.

The one I have in my reading lamp seems to be lasting. The bulb stays upright.

All in all they are a stupid design and a pain in the ass to get rid of. A pox to them.

Sep 15, 2013 lauramae commented on The Lies of the Artists.
I found the article fascinating for a three reasons. First, that someone would go to those lengths to reinvent herself as an artist, without any idea that people might do a Google search. Secondly, the idea that "outsider art" is the new thing.

There are so many artists who are in fact real outsiders but will never get anywhere because they don't fit in the Eurocentric construct of the art world, especially with "wonderful arts organizations that fund Washington artists."

Finally it's fascinating that the eurocentric art world is all about endless insecure, validation circles where the haughty art critic is validated only if you knew the artist to which she was referring, or the guys had to be validated if the Venice artists were well-known.

Contemporary Native American artists, as an example are often left to market their own works because they don't fit the folk and traditional construct. Those artists have to out of necessity, market themselves outside of the usual avenues.

Sep 2, 2013 lauramae commented on Obama's Draft Authorization to Use Force Against Syria.
Whereas the US never learns its goddamned fucking cowboy lessons;

Whereas the WEST loves to avenge killing the innocent with bombing that will undoubtedly kill more innocents;

War! WooT!
Aug 28, 2013 lauramae 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?"
Aug 14, 2013 lauramae commented on This Is Not a Tourist Event.
Awesome piece. Matika Wilbur's photos are great.
Aug 13, 2013 lauramae 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.


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