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  • in reply to: Checking in on everyone #989632

    J242
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    Hey CarDriver,

    Here in Austin, TX we have had an amazing downward trajectory in new cases due to our pushing for stricter enforcement of PPE with higher fines than the state wanted to do. It “feels” like most businesses have also really taken it seriously and do not allow entrance without a mask.

    Right now we are beating the curve but all it takes is one or two idiots to ignore the risks and we could have another blow-up. Just have to stay with it and keep our resolve to care for each other and ourselves.

    https://www.kvue.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/austin-coronavirus-covid-19-updates-oct-9/269-db4c50db-78ea-46db-b12f-6533c97e0015?fbclid=IwAR1RfanrQ9unDpuITG60yBrzE6575iTRa4A2pPITr0XEjzEaHZmUFGwoR1I

    I was glad to hear that King County’s cases are on the decline as well! We can all get through this together!

    in reply to: True Value rant #986772

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    There is also a national “coin shortage” currently ongoing. Many stores across the nation are going “no cash” due to not being able to provide accurate change. For a while many stores had “exact change only” for cash transactions but too many people got irritated by that so they said “screw it, no cash at all then” as it simplifies the issue for “most” parties. I even heard of some chains offering custom store-use gift cards to apply the change towards but that ended up being even more expensive still.

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/08/national-coin-shortage-everything-to-know.html


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    Ignore the haters jdeeysabel, the area is fine. My family and I bought a townhouse off Delridge back in 2017 (after having rented it since 2015) and sold it for a sizable profit in 2019 as we were moving out of state.
    Westwood Village is convenient and the folks at the QFC, Target, pet shop, and misc restaurants are great! Plus, it’s easy to zoom up to the Admiral Junction for more options, or out to Alki, or to downtown (less convenient with the bridge outage right now though).

    For better or worse, Delridge is gentrifying quickly right now. With that comes higher property values, taxes, and more service options. It’s forcing a lot of lower income people out, thus the better/worse.

    in reply to: Looking for West Seattleite realtor #983535

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    I highly recommend Kevin Broveleit at West Seattle Realty. He sold our property when we moved last year in less than 2 months to the perfect buyer (great for our neighbors) for a great profit and he knows the area like the back of his hand.
    https://westseattlerealty.com/kevin

    in reply to: WHY SEATTLE IS IN TROUBLE? #982653

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    Try Bellevue, or North Renton, I’m sure you’d find plenty of like minded folk there.

    in reply to: Our conversation with JanS has ended #964768

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    :( Jan was awesome and will be missed. While I never had the opportunity to meet her in person, many fun conversations over the years made her feel like a friend and now and her loss will be felt for a long time to come.

    Thank you for letting everyone know JoB.

    in reply to: Idiots with their boom toys #961451

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    Interesting update from Texas re: fireworks. Here in Austin, they are illegal and it seems that pretty much, that is actually respected! I’m sure the city/state-wide constant concern of fire hazards has a lot to do with it, but I’ve also noticed a lot more active and retired military which may also play a part in it. Also, no pro sports team(s) seems to help with the civility all around. ;) I haven’t gone down the rabbit hole to truly investigate but on the 4th in North Austin (near The Domain for anyone who’s familiar with the area) all I heard were a couple kids in a nearby apartment complex shoot off maybe 4 “baby” bottle rockets. That was it. Driving back from downtown earlier in the evening, there weren’t any mortars popping off in the sky, I didn’t hear any firecrackers going off, it was like any other evening.

    I’m curious to see, or I guess “hear”, what it’ll be like on NYE but seems like it’s just not an issue. I expected it to be a lot more like Alaska where neighbors would be competing with each other. I was happily wrong about that. lol

    in reply to: Long time no chat y’all ;) #959129

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    @ miws: “Oh, and the viaduct is mostly gone.” Yeah, I’ve been keeping up on that as I have several friends who work downtown and keep posting photos on the “progress”. It is what it is I guess? I was able to take the tunnel N&S a couple of times before the big move and I was not impressed but to each their own? Maybe I’m just an old fogie but I miss the good ole’ days of a proper 4 lane Viaduct in both directions at 50 mph. Properly re-enforcing it via new structural “arch” supports would have been 1/10th the price and twice the lanes. I’m just ranting now, don’t mind me. lol


    @miws
    : “How are the thunderstorms down there? ;-)”

    WOW! The first two months we were down here there were lightning storms every couple days with torrential downpours for around 2-3 hours. Lately? Nothing but cicadas and bats chirping. ;) I saw what the storm y’all just went through. WOW! Not going to see another one like that for quite a while! (We hope right?) Very cool and very impressive. The storms down here are on par w/ Tampa Bay (Lightning Alley) in that they are very frequent (heat lightning as well as storm lightning, and probably 4 or 5 other kinds I have never heard of) but when they hit, it’s constant flashes and occasionally clear bolts and it only lasts for “maybe” an hour tops and then a wonderful cool breeze descends and it becomes a perfect evening.


    @cardriver
    : “Speaking of cars..what’s the price of gas?”

    Lowest I’ve seen within a couple miles is $2.09, highest is $2.49, average is $2.19 or $2.29 depending on what side of the highway you’re talking about lol. I thought price fluctuations in Seattle were crazy when I first moved down (from Alaska) but wow does this have that beat. Still, FAR lower prices than Seattle but it’s because of a different taxation structure. Not necessarily better or worse, just “different”. I can definitely say their “express” lanes are a joke. Only 1 lane so all it takes is 1 driver going slow to screw over miles of others. Also, there is no “carpooling”, let alone dedicated lanes for it here. Plenty of bicycle lanes! Swing and a miss. lol


    J242
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    Hey everybody, it’s been a few months.
    I was asked to pop in and maybe share some info about housing, the job market, etc down here in Austin after I had gotten a bit more acclimated with the area. It’s… Different.

    Culture/daily life: Reminds me very much of Seattle in the 90’s with a lot of tech booming w/ startups all over the place as well as internationally known companies dropping billions for more real estate and a very “young” vibe to this old city. There’s live music EVERYWHERE downtown. EVERY night. “Almost” every bar/club/venue. This city “feels” like it’s 1/10th the size of Seattle but geographically? It’s easily 4x larger. There’s a ton of sprawl but somehow each pocket and area has it’s own personality if you look into them a little more than just driving through. Fascinating city I’m still learning a lot about and really having a blast doing so.

    The heat: It’s absurd. Today hit 96 (we’re cooling down I guess? lol) but down here AC is a fundamental right, not a great “feature” or upgrade. I was looking at new properties today and I could get the SEER rating, age of their AC/HVAC systems, insulation numbers, inspection records, and more on the spot at every location. Very helpful for prospective buyers. It’s odd that there are either wood-burning or gas fireplaces in every house I’ve toured. Folks down here think 55 is “extreme cold” apparently! They probably laugh at me the same way if I’m sweating and it’s only 85 out. lol Totally fair. ;)

    Traffic: This one really cracks me up. I hear folks here complain about traffic non-stop. They think when it takes 1/2 an hour to go 15 miles it’s absurd. lol Similar to many other cities I spend time in down here, they have these side streets that run parallel to the main highways and in stop-go traffic, you can breeze by at 35mph. The less people realize that the better IMO, means faster drive times for me. lol

    Transit: They “have” public transit but it’s a shadow of Seattle’s. They have a Light-rail-esque train that runs from The Domain (North Austin) downtown but it’s slow and often has merging sets of tracks so the train will have to pull over for 5+ minutes while you wait for the oncoming train to pass. Pretty silly not to just lay down more rail but I’m no authority on the matter.

    Food: This city if BBQ heaven! Amazing Mexican, Honduran, Vietnamese, Thai, “American” cuisine and so much more. Definitely a foodie city but I look down in disgust at the “salmon” grocery store carry here. It’s that Atlantic cat-food. The nearby Costco did get a run of the Copper River Reds and I was blown away at how cheap it was compared to Seattle! People don’t know their PNW seafood and I hope to help correct that amongst our growing group of local friends. lol

    Child resources: I don’t know if this point is so much of a positive comment about Austin, a negative one about Seattle, or something in-between but it is a night and day difference. Currently we live walking distance from a fantastic full-time, open 7am-7pm, M-F children’s daycare/preschool/pre-K center that we and our daughter absolutely love for roughly $200/week. Our wait list time? 2 weeks to get in. # of schools available & options? Again, night & day difference. Property taxes have a %1 addition solely for funding schools and with each new “planned community” or “mixed use neighborhood” that pops up there seems to always be at the very least, an elementary and jr high built at the same time to serve the area. The school districts “seem” to be pretty well funded and provide solid educational support. Many parents I’ve met have mentioned they moved to Austin because of the schools. My daughter is still in daycare/pre-K so I have no idea how accurate that might be but so far, it “seems” to be fairly legit. Also, babysitters! There are a PLETHORA of them for actually reasonable rates! Our favorite is certified in infant and child CPR, basic medical, is going to medical school, and volunteers at education centers. $12.50/hour!!! Our backups have similar certs and ambitions and range between $11-15/hour. In Seattle we could never find an easily accessible, affordable babysitter that we could hire other than for very special occasions. Down here we go out at least once a month now, often twice and “occasionally” three times. lol This is definitely a far more “kiddo friendly” city for both parents and kids. At least, that is how is feels/seems.

    Any questions about other differences? There’s good and bad differences and I absolutely miss Seattle. I can’t wait to come back and visit again (hopefully sooner than later). I certainly have yet to find anything down here that can compare to Sunday brunch at Salty’s, Ma’Ono’s fried chicken sandwich, Easy Street, Husky Deli, or any number of beloved Seattle institutions but like I said up front. It’s… Different. In some ways good, in others bad, but most often just “meh?”. Coin flip, could go either way.


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    So, a week in I can say we’re having a LOT of fun down here! On Friday we went downtown and hung out at a park on the north side of the Congress St Bridge to watch the nightly batpocalypse and it was amazing. Got some great bbq, did a AR “getting to know the city” game walking up & down Congress and 6th solving puzzles and learning about the art and history of the city. Most everyone I’ve interacted with here seems to be in a good mood and earnestly happy to chat and ask how you’re doing, offer suggestions if you have questions, and have a really warm vibe all around. It’s a big difference and it’s quite lovely.

    I’m flying back up to Seattle tomorrow AM to deal with my car lease (Chevy in Burien, the Volt was an amazing car but their customer service? Boooo. Do not get a lease there) then I fly back down tomorrow evening. It’ll be a long day for sure but it’ll be nice to grab lunch at Ma’Onos again and see friends.

    Take it easy everyone!


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    @JoB , we only have the one kiddo who is now 2 years old but my wife is only a couple of credits shy of her AA (can wrap those up at the community college 2 blocks away from our temporary apt) and as soon as she gets TX state residency (1 year of living down there) she’ll be able to get into UAT to get her BA in Linguistic Sciences (They have over 20 languages to specialize in!!!) for less than $6K/semester for full time school which we can afford out of pocket and since childcare is so inexpensive and abundant we can afford to have our daughter covered full-time as well. Night and day difference my friend. There is no possible way shy of winning the lottery we could afford that at UW. :(


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    @JoB : Totally agreed. Austin is closer to family, has infinitely more/better childcare options, way lower cost of living and so much more. It’s going to be an adjustment for sure but one I’m looking forward to with the expectation of moving back in 5-6 years.


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    @CarDriver :
    No worries! I’m sure I’ll get a better understanding when I actually get down there and will happily report back my findings. I’ve been focused on tech roles (which seem to be on par with CA and here) but I’m sure I’ll be meeting a lot of people in non-tech areas whose brains I can pick.


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    @odroku :

    Hehehe, Salt Lick is in the airport and has pre-packed smoked briskets ready to go! $70 if I remember correctly but it’s 5lbs. Worth EVERY penny!Can’t wait to try out Trudy’s. I’ll make sure to find them and give them a shot. Austin is very similar to New Orleans in that if you have a bad meal there, that’s on you. lol

    in reply to: Recommendation for concreate driveway sealing and repair #945721

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    I don’t know if they will be out of your price range (I’m not sure what their pricing is these days!) but I would highly recommend Absolutely Fine Concrete. The owner Tony is a totally stand up guy and his results are incredible!

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by J242.

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    @odroku: Trudy’s? Where’s that? I’m always down to try out some new local spots and when it comes to tequila? You’re speaking my language. ;)

    I LOVE Salt Lick! Can’t wait to try out some of the other local hot spots like Jacobson’s or one of the Black’s spots. I actually brought a full 5lb brisket from Salt Lick (in the airport) back up with me on my last trip a few weeks ago. It was AMAZING! ;)

    Have you gone to Velvet Taco over in the Domain before? I know folks get really aggressive about the tacos down there but just saying, those were some amazing nibbles!

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by J242.

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    @CarDriver:

    Not sure, I “believe” their state minimum wage is just the federal minimum but could be totally wrong. One thing I noticed from my multiple visits over the past few months is that in general, people “seem” happier than here. $10/hr minimum buys a hell of a lot more down there than it does here and folks seem to be doing okay. That’s only from a very limited experience down there though so take it with a grain of salt for now.

    I’ll happily reply with my experiences a few weeks/months into living there if you like. One thing is an absolutely though, cost of living is SIGNIFICANTLY less.


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    Hey CarDriver!
    The apartment we are moving into (while our new house is getting built) is a 2bed, 2 bath, 1,100 sqft for $1,200/month and it’s right by “The Domain” so a 5 minute commute to work, shopping, light-rail, etc.

    Our new house? Wow.
    4bed, 3bath, 2 car garage, 2,100 sqft, 2 story house with a preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school on site (new managed community) with community pools, playgrounds and more. $210,000 with a $50/month HOA that only covers frontage law care and keeping the community areas clean. Totally hands off when it comes to what you can or must do with your property. It’s over in Manor, TX just a couple hundred yards east of Austin city limits with easy access to downtown, the northern tech corridor, and the airport.

    As for the houseless/drug issues? I’ve spent a couple of weeks down there since early February and in downtown 6th st has some folks but it’s reminiscent of “The Ave” in the U District back in the 90’s. A very small minority of the overall population. No tents up on the side of the roads that I could see. That’s not a statement about them handling things better or anything, just that any problems they have were not as immediately noticeable.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by J242.

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    Thanks WSB and miws. I am really going to miss West Seattle. It’s the first community I really felt was a home and I look forward to watching how it grows and evolves while I’m away in eager anticipation of returning!

    in reply to: An interesting read – open for discussion #943151

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    @Jan: “I really enjoy this man’s writing. Be forewarned, he doesn’t like the current presidential regime…but this is food for thought…”

    I really don’t believe you ever need to worry about people liking 45. I am sadly familiar with the dichotomy the author wrote about in Alaska, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and western WA too. It’s pretty easy to understand what the author and hinting at (rightfully so) and to use their own words, when you pay attention: “And you notice things.”

    Let’s see how it keeps playing out. I am truly enjoying the debacle unfolding however would have preferred it not be necessary in the first place.

    in reply to: What’s that smell #938476

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    I was just coming here to ask the same question. Was like poo with a tinge of berry or something.
    Seemed to be ever-present as it was notable on Delridge and down in Westwood Village.

    in reply to: Nazi in the neighborhood #932176

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    “I also share widespread concerns about the liberal use of the word “Nazi” in everyday speech”

    If they look, quack, and goose-step like a nazi, chances are… They have at the VERY LEAST nazi sympathetic views and act on them even if only passive-aggressively.

    Groups that voice hate against anyone “other” simply for their place of birth or other individual characteristic instead of the ideas they present, actively promote violence against groups of people for things entirely outside of their control, and follow the playbook of nazis? Yeah, shame them by pointing out they are nazis. If that label isn’t enough to make people think about what they’ve been supporting what can? Where is the line drawn? If you have to wait until they put on the red & black swastika arm-band before you feel they can be called out? They will grow far faster than we can combat. Not okay. We really don’t need to get to another World War if we can nip this in the bud now by simply shaming them out of the limelight. No violence required or actual citizens being put in harm’s way.


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    “Sigh.

    So J242 and Job are actually condoning violence against people who don’t agree with them. This is truly a sad state of affairs.”

    Compared to the nazi who just opened fire on a synagogue in PA, or the RWNJ who was sending mail bombs to 45’s “enemies”? You’re going to get up in arms over THIS? You need to check yourself and get some perspective. Where are you calling out 45 for actively telling his supporters to “punch” others? He’s offered (and reneged, no surprise at all. His word is worth absolutely nothing) to pay for their legal fees for assaulting people that point out his lies. Cult of personality all the way and if a verbal smack-down is too harsh for you, kindly remove yourself from the conversation. Only one side of the political spectrum endorses the KKK and nazis. That is flat out offensive, wrong, and anti-american. It’s not freedom of speech, it’s ignorant hate that we have had WARS to stop. You don’t have a leg to stand on.

    “Job – Have you heard of the group ANTIFA? There’s a group right here in Seattle.”

    You probably are confused about Antifa compared to Black-bloc anarchists. The two are not the same and how, in any way can you be opposed to anti-fascism? You want fascism to grow? If you’re not opposed to it, you either support or are okay with it. So which is it? You think the KKK and neo-nazis deserve a public platform?! What is wrong with you??!!


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    Looks like two separate issues. The crash I was referring to was at the lower bridge and only appeared to involve 2 vehicles. A white SUV was up in the green zone facing Westbound just across from Fire Station 36 and traffic was only blocked off in one lane. Access to both east-bound bridges were still open.

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