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  • in reply to: 95 toyota 4runner repair #655428

    JayDee
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    I recommended Harrah’s because I felt that my 20-y.o. Trooper was dealt with fairly. The car should have been sent to the glue factory long ago, but I have a soft spot in my head concerning it. Every time a rational person might give up on it, I get it repaired because it is nice to keep a car one has owned for 20 years around–at least I know it’s weak spots.

    Thanks for your sympathy westseattledood.

    I wish I wasn’t so ignorant of how cars work–I missed Auto shop in high school. While I could have contacted Pacific Rim again, I decided to cut my losses and go with a local mechanic to repair the car. I liked using a local shop that had minimal overhead, and who seemed to like cars.

    in reply to: 95 toyota 4runner repair #655425

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    Wylie_snoop:

    I have an ’88 Trooper that I recently had serviced at “Harrah’s Automotive” that is just behind Click! and near Blockbuster on California. The two guys that run this place have no fancy ads, they just seem to know what they are doing. With an older car, you want to keep costs in line, and they can help. I am sure they know a similarly-priced machine shop or sources for a used manifold, and can install it. A close relative of mine reccomended them and has a 1996 Yukon serviced there.

    I’ve had slightly different luck than westseattledood at Pacific Rim (in fact Harrah’s asked who serviced my brakes last because they’d re-used worn parts rather than use new…Pac Rim did the previous brake service, and it was one of the reasons I nearly lost my brakes. But fortunately Harrah’s is at the top of the hill…so I figure I won’t be fooled twice for my “antique” car repairs.)

    in reply to: Dead Heads #654938

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    FullTilt:

    I am a Dead Head by contact — My somewhat older friends really liked them and now I own many GD, Jerry Garcia, and Phil Lesh and Friends CDs. I like how Phil Lesh especially supports free downloads of his music, and even trying to keep access open to the GD shows that tapers have.

    Here is a link to an article I read in the Seattle Weekly saying we no longer have to hang our heads in shame: http://www.seattleweekly.com/2008-12-31/music/paying-respects/

    I am flying to LA to go to the Forum show with those same older friends, to see the Dead one more time before they really are.

    As the yellow bear bobble head on my desk says: “We are Everywhere”.

    in reply to: Life’s too short to watch bad movies #654387

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    The new “Burn After Reading” is good, and a Coen Bros film (with all that means). It has violence, but the same as Fargo in that one takes as cartoonish, though I will never look at woodchipper the same again.

    I’ve always liked “One False Move” despite it’s association with an ex-girlfriend…It is a flick with unexpected turns, though there is violence at the start that is tough, but which sets up the later part of the movie. Of course, one of the faves is “My Favorite Year” or “The Stuntman”…

    in reply to: Boatload of rain #654055

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    Westseattledood: While sealing the inside of your concrete basement wall might temporarily alleviate your problem, it probably won’t–all it will do is re-direct the water to somewhere it will leak in. What is needed, and what won’t help you now, is a drainage net/tile seep outside the basement that leads to a sub-basement sump pump. But this major expense and solution is only if you cannot keep the water from entering the subsurface first.

    Without going into details, the first step after pumping the basement out(which you may have taken already) is keeping water away from the house/basement foundation walls. If your roof gutters don’t drain to the sanitary sewer (like mine), then get a length of flexible piping and route the roof water away from the side of the house. If there is water ponding in the yard, dig a ditch and see if you can drain it to a side yard, alley, or whatever–go ahead and ruin the lawn. Note: If your diversions flood the neighbors basement/propert, that’s a legal liability.

    During the Thanksgiving storm that sunk the I-90 bridge I spent a couple hours digging a ditch with my brother-in-law to drain his side yard and stop the flooding of his basement…been there (fingers crossed)…done that. Good luck.

    in reply to: Buying a mattress #653058

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    I briefly considered getting a new mattress and looked into the “best one”…I don’t think there is a more confusing consumer product. From what I was able to figure out, Tempurpedic and other memory foams are very popular, but there is a anti-Tempurpedic crowd — “Too hot, too expensive, breaks down…”. Plus the mattress weighs a ton, so the old bedset would need to be replaced.

    Take a look at the complex plumbing under a Sleep Number mattress and ask yourself what is the likelihood that all those lines and bladders won’t leak. I wouldn’t be willing to bet — Besides I always think of those lousy plastic air mattresses. But I am sure some people swear by Sleep Number beds.

    My Beautyrest may be old enough to go to college, but it still works fine, and I will check out Everest Mattress.

    in reply to: Speed Trap on Admiral #652947

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    The east hill or west?

    in reply to: Most embarrassing snow moment #652466

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    From the first snowfall until Dec 23, climbing up and down the hill from my home and hiking to 63rd and Alki to catch the 37/56 did I slip? Nope. I waited until I was standing on less than a 1/2-inch of ice at 4th and Pine and then my feet came out from under me and I planted my patootie on the pavers. Great, I don’t slide down 57th, but just waiting for the light to change downtown. Pulled a butt muscle and the off-shoulder that was carrying a backpack. Graceful. Someone offered to help me up but I was too embarrassed to accept.

    in reply to: rant-dog poop in the snow #652321

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    It seems to be a case of “spontaneous deposition” — dog feces that appear by magic. I walked to the farmers market and encountered many piles of poop on the sidewalk. I guess if your pouch poops under the cover of snow, you don’t have to clean it up. I cleaned up the nearest pile in my neighbors driveway because I knew someone would track it about, and likely me.

    in reply to: Shoveling is NOT an obligation #651910

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    OK, I finally shoveled the sidewalk. Why? Mainly because 1) I had the time; 2) The slush was slipperier than the old compact snow; and a relative of mine coming to dinner sprained an ankle on the ice last week, so figured I would make a clear path to the house. Unlike hizzoner I used salt to ensure the sidewalk doesn’t ice over. The trivial amount of salt I add to localized runoff will not ruin the environment.

    in reply to: Shoveling is NOT an obligation #651894

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    Well, it is OK for the city not to plow streets reasoning people can get around using chains and 4x4s. However, they can write a ticket if I don’t shovel the sidewalk. Hmmm.

    Between the 3-4 hour Metro commute, my sidewalk and walkway will remain unshoveled. I think it will be safer than an inclined ice rink, or dog-torture device.

    in reply to: Happy Birthday, cjboffoli! #650680

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    Happy Birthday CJB

    ~

    I appreciate all you’ve done for us (photos and bacon); I still have a 1/3 pound of bacon.

    ~

    The bacon-lovers and hummingbirds of West Seattle appreciate your contributions to our community.

    in reply to: skirt season? #649782

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    Even though it isn’t the season for them, my name for “ass antlers” is “Butt-a-too”…which is not technically correct, but fun to say.

    in reply to: Rave for Computer Repair Guru (and rant for Quid’nunc) #649757

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    Did you mean to say that his e-mail address was spelled somewhat inverted from his name? Just wondering. Maybe his first name is “Ulysses”.

    I have had similar Quid experience as a Mac user–as if they weren’t computers (granted 6 years ago, but enough to prevent me from using them twice).

    in reply to: Graffiti #647746

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    FYI: Most spray paint is pretty wimpy stuff, especially compared to original paint surfaces. If one gets a good pair of rubber gloves, a can of lacquer thinner, and a sacrificial old towel, it is easy to remove. Lacquer thinner is highly volatile, and if you pour some on a towel, then quickly rub at the graffiti, it will transfer to the towel. Keep repeating with a fresher part of the towel and fresh solvent, and voila! the graffiti is gone. Just keep the rag outside your car, or an enclosed space and the solvent will completely disappear.

    If the surface is adsorbent, then a masking color is the only way to “remove” it. I keep spray paint in common utility colors like Metro brown, cable box mint green, white, and black for erasing graffiti in my self-defined neck of the woods (59th, Charleston, 49th, Admiral, sometimes up to the old folks mailbox at 47th.)

    SDOT and Metro seem to respond quickly to graffiti, but I tackle problems in the ‘hood myself.

    in reply to: WSB Foodies: A Good Food Website #647800

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    OK, for “lowmanbeach” here is the link to the Pasta Pan-Fried with Butternut Squash recipe at thekitchn.com:

    http://tinyurl.com/6fxuy7


    JayDee
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    While the beholder may judge the beauty according to their own tastes, I think we can agree on (perhaps I didn’t take enough art classes) that symmetry is good (A word that always gets me, because it isn’t symmetrical). In a photo or landscape, balance is good, leading the eye to consider different elements, not just placing something at the center of focus. And scientists often refer to elegant theorems, those that are pleasing, going so far to say that elegant theorems are not only pleasing, but even more likely to be correct.

    Now going to the other side: The Experience Music “Pustule” (as a boss of mine calls it) is acceptable only because of it’s location near the Fun Forest, with the forgettable Center House and other Seattle Center architecture around it for immunization. I truly wonder how the EMP will age given Gehry’s penchant for designs that function marginally as buildings.

    My main complaint about the Seattle skyline is much the same as my compliant about West Seattle architecture: Anyone can do as they please. Riding the Water Taxi, the city skyline looks best at a distance, with some colorful clouds thrown in to distract one from the pedestrian, one-off, just plain ignorant architecture of most buildings that taken as a whole is ugly. Regardless of which individual building one likes, it’s neighbor will be so ugly as to negate any bonus. I wish Seattle had imposed development guidelines as strict as Vancouver B.C.. When you go to Granville Island, the use of green glass in nearly all condos and buildings makes for a harmonious whole, often matching the green of the wind-whipped waters of False Creek. There, closer is better.

    I would almost say that there is an absolute that can be enhanced or degraded by what one chooses to drape upon it. It in the best of worlds, a elegant draping is paired with the body to fit it and eternal art is created. My two cents.

    in reply to: Repair Convection Oven #646022

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    Scott Wiseman is a great resource. If for some reason your oven/microwave is toast, ask him which models he recommends because he repairs all of them–who better to ask? He was quite honest with me when I asked his opinion of a brand the other Wiseman’s tout.

    That being said, I have purchased my fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer from Wiseman’s. Some of the in-store sales-folk could use a lesson in customer service, but they have matched/bettered Home Despot’s prices, and offer free delivery. I’d rather keep my dollars in West Seattle than patronize chain stores. I still mourn the disappearance of Eagle…

    in reply to: Need Guayabera Shirt for Halloween–Seattle Source? #645557

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    JCPenny came through. The salesperson, Nancy, was really helpful. Oddly enough I went with black because it doesn’t clash with Khakis and there is no need to wear an undershirt. The service was similar to Nordies, which was an odd experience at a lower middle class retailer. I did experience the usual surliness at Sears, which was sort of refreshing (OK, I was looking for cheap bling, but still a customer…).

    in reply to: Need Guayabera Shirt for Halloween–Seattle Source? #645556

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    Thanks to all, though I am afraid the shirts in the luggage are not in the cards. I will likely make the rounds of JCPenny, Freddys (My sister says they have “tacky mens shirts”.),Value Village, and Plaze del Pulgas on the way back. I need a XXL so the antique mall might be a last-ditch option…Thanks.

    in reply to: I Hate Candy Corn #644234

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    So we are instructing members, among them “Hopey (or “Hopi?”) and “Counting Coup” about “First Nation’s Corn”? :-)…

    (PS. This and Smartees were always at the bottom of my halloween bag by Thanksgiving.)

    in reply to: Eye Doc #644112

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    If you are looking for an ophthalmologist my doctor is Dr. Ted Zollman, who runs a satellite practice out of the Swedish West Seattle clinic (his main office next to Swedish downtown). He has a very gentle manner, and tells the truth. More importantly, he has a steady hand (I had some delicate surgery on my eye) and I highly reccomend him. A Swedish website link is:

    http://tinyurl.com/6b9qkd

    in reply to: Ferry noise?? #643802

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    I second Gina’s opinion;, I see/hear the passenger ferry as it approaches and passes Alki Point now and then and it has a very distinctive beat to it’s noise: a “WHaaaaaaa….whaaa….WHaaaaaaa” pattern.

    The volume of the sound seems to vary depending on atmospherics and sometimes I can’t hear it. I think this is one of those sounds that shows how quiet Alki is generally (Sorry Delridge…).


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    From an NPR story, simple, but easy enough. (My fave is chicken soup from scratch, but to quote Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes: “Six minutes to microwave? Who’s got that kind of time?”)

    Slow Cook Hamburger Barley Soup

    1 pound lean ground beef

    1 16-ounce can tomatoes chopped (try organic for less salt

    +/-6 ounces tomato juice

    4 cups water

    1/2 pound fresh or frozen green beans chopped

    1 red bell pepper, diced

    1 cup diced celery

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

    2 teaspoons garlic powder

    2 tablespoons light soy sauce

    1 bay leaf

    1/2 teaspoon paprika

    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

    1 cup barley

    2 carrots, peeled and diced

    1 large baking potato, peeled and diced

    1 Medium onion, chopped

    In a large skillet, brown the onion, and then add the ground beef and brown. Drain completely. Put all ingredients in crock pot. Cook for 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low.

    While it calls for a slow cooker, you can sub low heat on the stove and probably shorten the time.

    in reply to: A little Haiku for the times #642992

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    High clouds filtered sun

    Rose hips gold leaves spider webs

    Return on investment

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