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September 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm #813393
Upon further review, my physical fitness is a limiting factor for jogging to a decent amount of dead-end streets.
BUT I’ve got a better idea, an idea that might appeal to the entrepreneurially-minded folks here:
“The Dead-end Streets of Seattle: The Guided Tour”
So I’m looking for some … ummmm … “angel” investors to help with this worthy enterprise.
Also, does anyone know where we can buy one of those duck tour boats?September 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm #813394
MM, Maybe your idea could be combined with Seattle Stairway Walks, where applicable! ;-)
MikeSeptember 13, 2014 at 7:49 pm #813395
Annnnnd…we’re there. ;-)September 15, 2014 at 2:01 am #813396
Looking for a recap here, think I got it right: I’m supposed to walk my barking dog down a dead-end public street in Arbor heights while looky-looing at all the car fornicators? I’m SO calling in sick tomorrow.September 15, 2014 at 2:16 am #813397
Just shot coffee out my nose, Seattle Trash. HAAAA!!September 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm #813398
@too much whine; FYI, Antarctica is full of people with boundary issues. I would know, I was one of them;)September 15, 2014 at 6:12 pm #813399
If Tracy had the time or inclination to monitor all these threads she would surely feel like a third grade teacher who just walked back into the classroom that had descended into chaos, yes?? ;-)
2MuchWhine, get back in your seat and give Seaop’s lunch back! Mark47, what did I just tell you about poking Cait! EVERYBODY SIT DOWN!!!!
I may be way past 3rd grade physically, but I can get back there socially at the drop of a hat. :-)September 15, 2014 at 8:17 pm #813400
^^^^^ lololSeptember 15, 2014 at 11:01 pm #813401
Haha! Same, wakeflood.September 16, 2014 at 12:06 am #813402
I was serious about the Antarctica comment…boundary issues galore. Especially during winter. 8 months to devolve fueled by booze. There may not be dogs to walk but there are plenty of dead ends and unisex bathrooms with showers.September 16, 2014 at 12:12 am #813403
Sweeeet! Survivor Antarctica with jungle juice. Is there a safe room for Skypeing back home to the family? You know, a soundproof closet that locks from the inside with some sort of laboratory or living quarters fake backdrop??
Tell me they’ve thought of that.September 16, 2014 at 12:26 am #813404
When I was there, 12 years ago, alcohol consumption was high, especially mixed with ice cores of 2000+ year old ice or liquid nitrogen, we had a Hash House Harrier chapter, a medevac at sunrise, 0 injuries and 2 instances of the 300 Club. There wasn’t the bandwidth for Skype, phone calls were uncommon (unless you knew how to get into the NOC). It was isolated, the Aurora was out as I hiked out to the Marisat dish weekly. It was terrible in its beauty, peculiar in its personality and it only got more eccentric as winter wore on.September 16, 2014 at 12:48 am #813405
2 Much WhineParticipant
Whoa! I thought the 300 club had something to do with bowling until I looked it up. That just does not sound fun! And Hash House Harriers? You are a wild man!September 16, 2014 at 2:21 am #813406
This was back before I had a wife, children, mortgage and still had the last vestiges of immortality. It never did stop me from whitewater kayaking or coastal kayaking around Deecption Pass, Cattle Pass or Cape Flattery. Hm, perhaps there’s still a little immortality left to wander alleys, dead end streets with my out of control yellow labs.September 16, 2014 at 3:15 am #813407
MikeSeptember 16, 2014 at 3:56 am #813408
I love this thread. First it was just bizarre, then it got wildly and hilariously funny, and then it got real. thank you all around.September 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm #813409
Just back from vaca and WOW did this thread blow up! Now I see what all my WS cronies were talking about re: these forums – particularly the core commenters, i.e the self proclaimed “in-crowd” (right miws?). Let me just get the rules straight guys: Someone posts with a question, concern, or musing (step 1), Enter in to thread of interest, deconstruct the topic and address the OP with a veiled insult (Cait) (step 2), as the ball gets rolling with some of the posters that are respectfully engaging with the OP, re-route the post, use quotes to take comments out of context, fein shock and horror at OP’s POV and suggest they move (Militant Moderate and JTB) (step 3), make sure not to have addressed the core question, concern, or musing, but seize the proposed absurdity of the OP, escalate, trivialize and transform the topic into a hilarious joke (MM, pattilea, Seattle Trash) (step 4), Now, the thread is where we want it – we can banter back and forth about how silly everyone else is (step 5). I hope I’ve got it right – I was looking for someplace to vent anonymously and feed my passive aggressive nature – have I found my Shangri-La? : )September 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm #813410
I share your pain.. i would just as soon not pay to fix the potholes in my alley just to have that alley blocked by real estate speculators trying to get a better look at the properties on that alley that might eventually be for sale…
for that matter.. i would just as soon not pay for the the garbage trucks to tear it up either…
but there you go. i live in the city where those alleyways are public right of ways… even if i get to foot the bill for maintaining them.
you don’t get any closer to addressing the core issue than that…September 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm #813411
and.. for the record..
i like the jokes…
they enliven what could otherwise be a totally non-productive bitch sessionSeptember 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm #813412
….i.e the self proclaimed “in-crowd” (right miws?)
MikeSeptember 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm #813413
HollyW – you have a point – you have to have thick skin to post on this forum as your passions may well become fodder for the regulars. You likely chapped a lot of hides with “Aren’t homes like mine actually assessed at higher value because of the “privacy” – C’mon people have some respect!!”. You might be happier if you choose to see the lookie-loos in a different light.
We live in a particularly beautiful part of Seattle. We live in neighborhoods populated by neighbors. The yards are not terribly large (like the suburbs) – kids play in the street. My dead end has some basketball hoops facing the street. Many of us live within walking distance to services or beaches and parks. People walk past my house frequently on their way to the Morgan Junction or Lincoln Park. Neighbors have set up Micro libraries on their parking strips for folks walking by. Even though my street is a dead end, dog walkers and joggers use it. Folks often stop and talk to me while i’m working in the yard – asking what i’m growing or just to chat. These are my neighbors. I know many of them. Other’s are just a familiar face. Get to know these people (lookie-loos). They are the ones who will bring your dog back when it gets loose. They will tell you when someone was seen in your back yard or alley. They will notice the strange parked car that showed up days ago. They will let you know that packages have been stolen off porches of late. They will offer you extra zucchini or tomatoes from their yard. Or keep an eye on your home when you are away. In other words, engage. You may be happier for it.September 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm #813414
ocean, you’ve been part of the “in crowd” here for a good long time now. ;-)
MikeSeptember 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm #813415
Mike – that’s from the forum picnic thread – exactly what turned me off of attending. B-squared – I get it, I must be unhappy to have a different world view. That’s another good strategy for attempting to invalidate a poster (note to self) A long-winded explanation of your lifestyle has nothing to do with my original post. I too, share all the perks you describe with my neighbors – including a shared appreciation for our little dead-end, which, incidentally makes us all quite happy! Does that compute? How am I doing?September 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm #813416
Wow. I took your post seriously and suggested a different outlook is all. Thanks for the little tougue-lashing. You bemoaned “lookie loos” on your dead end. My personal opinion is that “Lookie Loos” can be the eyes of the neighborhood. Crime is less likely to occur when there are people out and about. I firmly believe that. Fine with me if you think otherwise or don’t value that. But don’t expect me to validate your sense of entitlement over living on a public dead-end street. Wicked bit of audacity on your part I think.September 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm #813417
The highly imperfect environment that is modern digital communication seems to more often than not, limit true communication. Rather, it sets up the opportunity for instant side-taking due to the short-hand nature of it all.
Nobody…scratch that – absolutes f*ck up any discussion…many, rarely read all of a longer post that intends to fully explain complex situations and responses to them. And even if we did, our generally feeble capacity to endow those words with all the meaning and nuance we might be able to transfer in person, is lost.
Maybe it’s part of our DNA now? Regardless of medium? We’re just so ready to restate and defend our positions on so many important topics about our modern life that we transfer those same SOP’s to virtually any topic regardless of size or impact?
Dogs barking, dead end streets, etc., etc….
We’ve seemingly left little room for de-escalation and/or not getting our hackles up.
Is this now what we have to expect from each other? I’m as guilty as anyone. I do commit to attempt to stay within neighborly lines going forward. Try to assume good will, debate ideas, not people. I’m going to try to use humor to diffuse if I can but I accept that even when I direct it on myself, it’s going to not be successful all or even most of the time. But I would offer to all who’ve read this far, that my intent is to NOT take myself so seriously that I can’t take a joke, nor well-intentioned feedback on my positions.
Here’s hoping we can take a cue from Rodney King and …”all get along?” he said stepping down from his rickety soap box. :-)
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