With his approval numbers currently in the low 30s, Mayor Mike McGinn announced that he's holding a barbecue fundraiser for a 2013 reelection campaign on August 25. One invitee on the Facebook page asked how the donation would be used, while another asked if this was "a hoax or a joke."

• Overheard in the City Hall elevator, talking about King County Executive Dow Constantine: "I'd take Dow's hair." "I'd take his butt." "I'd leave his shoes."

• Sometimes furries—people who dress as giant anthropomorphic cartoon animals for sport and sexy times—drink saucers of cold milk to get in the mood, says a North American cougar furry speaking on the condition of anonymity.

• City Attorney Pete Holmes, a source reports, starts every morning with a bowl of Shredded Wheat and frozen blueberries.

• Before South Park rapist and murderer Isaiah Kalebu was sentenced to life in prison on August 12, his lawyers filed a long "sentencing memo" that offered a scary birth-to-arrest chronology of all the failings—state and otherwise—that may have led to Kalebu's crimes. Their conclusion offers a warning to policy makers: "The systemic flaws in the state's method of dealing with the mentally ill still present a looming threat."

• An oversize counterfeit $20 bill with jagged edges scammed its way past staff at Unicorn, an unusually dark Capitol Hill bar, on August 15. Some advice for counterfeiters: "Have some pride and get a paper cutter, and pass it off at a fast food place then spend the real change on the little guy, damn it."

• Mayor McGinn threw out recent bids to build a new Rainier Beach Community Center because "there was not enough minority participation in the bid offerings," according to one of the losing bidding companies who sent the mayor a letter this week. The business contends that it made the lowest offer, but says McGinn rejected the bid anyway due to his "very flawed logic."

• In a last minute appeal to voters, the pro-tunnel group Let's Move Forward made its last dishonest pitch for votes (after several dishonest pitches). This time, the group's mailer, which was apparently designed with help from consultant Christian Sinderman, claimed that everyone in Seattle agreed on the deep-bore tunnel—which is demonstrably false. If everyone agreed, it would never have gone to the ballot.

• Seattle City Council member Sally Clark, who's known for voting with the council's moderate majority on every issue, didn't hold a reelection party on Tuesday night. Instead, according to a staffer, she planned to attend other people's parties. That is, Clark was—wait for it—doing whatever most other folks are doing.

• When Democrats form a soup line outside Eastside Republican congressman Dave Reichert's office on August 18 to protest his votes "for policies that benefit the very rich at the expense of the rest of us," the free soup on offer will be "plain old tomato soup," said soup line coordinator Anne Martens of the group Working Washington. "No boots or shoes will be added for flavor. And if it gets cold, we can call it gazpacho." recommended