Thursday night notes

DOG OWNERS, TAKE HEED: A post on the Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area Yahoo! group says Animal Control officers were at the park this week citing owners of license-less dogs. (The crackdown’s been under way citywide all year.)

BEACH DRIVE RESIDENTS ON ALERT: Beach Drive Blog shares a warning about car prowlers.

END OF AN ERA: We didn’t realize how sad we are going to be on Election Day until we saw the phrase in “print” in the online version of the newsletter for Fauntleroy Church, which plans a bake sale and bazaar for visiting voters (and others) that day and begins its pitch for volunteers this way: “For this last in-person election ever in King County …” BWAAAA! Seriously, we’re sad. We’ve voted in person every election, every place we’ve ever lived, since the very first elections for which we were eligible after turning 18, and as you have probably figured out by now, that wasn’t exactly yesterday. For some, trying to carve out time to get to “the polls” may have been a hassle, but for us we always found a way to make it a wonderful ritual and a time to remember how lucky we are. Sitting at the cluttered table marking up the ballot at our leisure just won’t be the same.

17 Replies to "Thursday night notes"

  • The Velvet Bulldog November 1, 2007 (9:26 pm)

    I’m with you WSB, I’ve always taken a lot of pride in going to the polls and presenting my card. Alas…

  • k November 1, 2007 (9:30 pm)

    so glad they are checking for dog licenses while cars are broken into and people are walking into “trysts” in the woods. had dinner with friends last night and one of them walked into an entire group of men “enjoying” each others company in the woods near the dog park. he called the police who then called him from the park over 2 hours later asking where they should look. great work guys!

  • IsleWrite November 1, 2007 (11:07 pm)

    Not fun to run into guys trysting in the woods, but I can certainly understand why a complaint call on that topic might fall to the bottom of the police priority list.

    I think it’s great that they followed up later. After all, they could have just blown it off (so to speak). But instead they came looking for data that might prove helpful in the future. I hope your friend gave them information and didn’t just pop off at them in a “thanks for nothing” manner.

  • k November 2, 2007 (7:21 am)

    all information was relayed to them on the scene, to no avail. i find public sex to be a bit more of an issue that an unlicensed chihuahua. my friend had to stop a father and son from walking into the area. can’t imagine my child witnessing that.

  • atemybuick November 2, 2007 (9:20 am)

    I agree about going to the polls. I’ve always been fortunate enough to live within walking distance of my polling place since moving to Seattle, first on Capitol Hill and now in Gatewood. I’ll really miss it. Filling out a form while sitting at my desk just isn’t going to give me quite the same feeling of connection.

  • Kayleigh November 2, 2007 (10:44 am)

    I thought I was the only one who loved the act of going to the polls.

    How utterly ridiculous that pet licenses are a higher public safety priority than sex in a public park. Somebody oughta bring a camera and start taking pictures of the “trysts”. (not because I want to see the pictures but because it might deter them.)

  • JumboJim November 2, 2007 (10:58 am)

    Dear K,

    A number of people are killed by dogs each year. How many are killed by seeing two (or more) men going at it hammer and tongs? Just curious.

  • JumboJim November 2, 2007 (11:01 am)

    Well, having posted that, I see the dog issue is one of unlicensed dogs and not off-leash dogs. I apologize. Perhaps its because the city makes money off of pet licenses? Hmmm, maybe so.

  • MsBette November 2, 2007 (11:26 am)

    Going to the polls is one way to see your neighbors, and so are community get togethers. The idea of going to the polls is to vote, and more importantly, to know the issues. For the past several years, we’ve enjoyed getting our ballot by mail, because it forces us to sit down with the pamphlet and talk about our votes before we cast them. A couple of times we have done this with our friends, and it’s even better: get together with your community beforehand and vote intelligently.

  • Jenny November 2, 2007 (11:48 am)

    I’m saddened by the loss of in-person voting too.

    But this is a neat idea:

    > For the past several years, we’ve enjoyed getting our ballot by mail, because it forces us to sit down with the pamphlet and talk about our votes before we cast them. A couple of times we have done this with our friends, and it’s even better: get together with your community beforehand and vote intelligently.

    Now if only I could find some neighbors who are also rational, Objectivist-leaning Republicans. (Otherwise, the pre-voting debates could get rather … interesting!)

  • Kelly November 2, 2007 (12:05 pm)

    One could look at it from the standpoint that if you are going to use the dog park, you should probably have your dog licensed. I think that it is only fair that you pay the dog licensing fee if you are going to use the public OLA. BTW, there seems to be plenty of public humping at the dog park some days.

  • k November 2, 2007 (12:07 pm)

    i give up. actually, the fact that no one seems to find issue with the goings on at westcrest frustrates me to the core. i could care less about me. it’s about the kids who use the playground and come with their families to the park. i had hoped that shedding more light on it would make a difference, but it does not. it appears to a battle that can’t be won. finally post on this topic and final wsb post for me. take care all.

  • Al November 2, 2007 (12:12 pm)

    I was a die-hard in-person poller until last year, when my work schedule just wouldn’t allow me to easily make the polling location. Both my husband and I now are mail-in ballots and love it. We sit down and discuss almost all the issues and candidates, sometimes argree and sometimes not, so it’s generated more discussion than ever.

  • WSB November 2, 2007 (12:26 pm)

    k – For what it’s worth, fewer than 5% of the people who come here daily post comments. it’s somewhat like letters to the editor in the newspaper business – tens of thousands read the paper, only hundreds ever write in – same with talk radio, thousands listen, dozens call – etc. etc. etc. If it matters at all to your decision, it’s worth considering that talking about something and posting about it does raise awareness in ways that you may never be aware of. You may never hear anything back from anyone taking action in support but that doesn’t mean it’s going unnoticed. For our part, we post things all the time that don’t draw comments but nonetheless, we feel it’s important for people to at least read. We will miss you if you do decide not to participate here any more.

  • Jan November 2, 2007 (1:52 pm)

    k- i find it reprehensible that the police take the problem of public sex at westcrest so lightly, and even more so that some on here do, too. I have a gay guy friend who tries to explain it away…that it’s because they’ve had to keep things hidden for so long, that now it’s sort of “part of the culture”. I say bull**it. If you can function in this world, you have a place where you live. If you can’t take your “partner du jour” there, then go to his place. I’m about the most openminded person I know, frankly, and I don’t understand the thrill of “maybe” getting caught and seen by someone. If I , a woman, was having sex with someone in a park such as this in broad daylight, you damned well know that the cops would be there post haste…it doesn’t make sense to me.

    hope you decide to come back every now and then…

  • miws November 2, 2007 (7:02 pm)

    I have mixed feelings about the mail in voting, but I’m actually leaning towards a preference of mail in.

    I will miss visiting the Polling Place and the (mostly) little old ladies that volunteer there, but voting by mail will give me a chance to give the issues and races more thought,and hopefully make better choices. I’m embarrassed to admit, that I have been one of those that hasn’t always given as much effort as I should towards voting for Judges and such. Yes, I know I can take notes or a copy of the Voter’s Pamphlet to the polls with me, and I have done so, but with mail in, I’ll be able to take my time, do research, fill out some of the ballot, set it aside and come back at as later time. (As long as I mail it in on time.)

    A funny (to me ;) ) little story regarding voting. At my previous residence, a few blocks north of the Morgan Junction, my Polling Place, for years had been at the Cal-Mor Circle. I worked at 35th & Fauntleroy on my previous job, and Downtown on the job previous to that one, so for years, would stay on the bus for a few more stops, vote at Cal-Mor, then walk back home.

    I moved to my current location in May of 2000, and very close to Voting Day for the Primary, realized I hadn’t updated my address with the Elections Dept. I called up, in a panic, afraid I wouldn’t be able to vote, even though I was sure I’d still be voting at Cal-Mor, since I was even closer to there, now. I thought “this is cool! I can leave early, vote, walk out of Cal-Mor, right to my bus stop out front!

    The guy that took my call, at Elections, was very nice and helpful reassured me that I could vote the Primary, and should just go ahead and vote at Cal-Mor under my old address. He agreed that I’d likely continue voting at Cal-Mor, and I’d receive my new Voter’s Card in plenty of time to vote in the General.

    Imagine my surprise, and dismay, when my new card came in the mail, and my Polling Place was Gatewood Elementary, a few blocks further south of me!

    But, now, since I work in White Center, I just leave early for work, etc, etc, until we go to mail in only.


  • Fiona November 3, 2007 (8:24 am)

    I’ve taken my children to every single vote, at Hope Lutheran, and had them color in the vote with me, or given them sample ballots. My mom was an election worker, and I love seeing all the folks there, and they have always been so kind when my boys were being boys. I’m really going to miss it!

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