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  • in reply to: My cab ride home. #643203

    JayDee
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    I have heard from my friends of African origin or my co-workers who’ve been to Ghana that George Bush (and hence, America) are revered in West Africa and it would not not be surprising to see similar praise from Ethiopia. From what I have heard the praise is due to the U.S. foreign aid program that is targeted at those who need aid, not just just hijacked by the military or re-directed elsewhere. It is effective and appreciated.

    The testimony of these Africans and people who’ve related their stories are both very sincere. I am glad Africa is an exception to the general recent regard of the US — Despite this the general regard of the US has only worsened during the past 8 years. I don’t deny the cab driver’s experience of his native government which is unfortunately not unique in this world.

    Years ago when the Blue Angels were flying over Alki, a ice-cream truck driver was freaking out when the Angels shrieked overhead. He called out, white-eyed “Are they friendly?”… I reassured him they were, and laughed a little but later thought why had he asked? It made me realize that it was something I have never worried about–Are the fighter jets streaking by friendly? Of course they are. But what if they weren’t?

    in reply to: A little Haiku for the times #642969

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    Can’t help it, it invaded my dreams:

    Irrational storm

    Market bottom I wonder

    Wait for sun break soon

    in reply to: Where Are You Kayleigh??? #641341

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    Dear House:

    I miss your POV as well; I consider myself a democrat when it comes to voting, but would likely be a Country Club republican if that species still existed–Fiscally conservative and moderate social views. I too enjoy arguing, but can see why you pulled out.

    I picked up a new iPod last week with wi-fi capability and was riding a bus through the Admiral area, watching the various wi-fi networks roll by when I got “The House” network and wondered if it was your signal (prudently secure too) and that reminded me that I hadn’t seen any recent posts. Glad to hear you are still here in spirit.

    in reply to: Firewood #639796

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    Many years ago I used Sawyer’s Fuel on Rainier. I got a 1/4 cord of seasoned alder. It showed up, and they dumped it on the parking strip and went away. I haven’t dealt with them in years but they had a good price and the location should keep prices reasonable. If anyone in the community differs, speak up.

    in reply to: License Plate Frame #638650

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    My 20-year old Trooper had a dealer plate, but in Wisconsin they also stuck on a dealer-ID plaque on the rear part of the car and it is still hanging tough. I don’t fault Zimbrick Motors for doing it, but it did seem to be a Midwestern car dealer trick that would ill-suit the locals. I’ve never had a license plate frame since, but if you are looking for a Zimbrick Motors plastic chrome plaque, feel free to take mine… ;-)

    in reply to: Tire recommendations? #635020

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    I’d second the nomination for Discount–They have replaced a set of tires on my car, and replaced a “road damaged” tire without giving me grief for a $200 tire. I’ve had good service from Discount-Burien and their website offers reviews of tires and prices are very competitive, even to Costco and Tire Rack.

    in reply to: Wine.. #635072

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    in reply to: Wine.. #635071

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    OK, I swigged enough swill to be able to offer a great bottle of wine. My first observation is that many single-grape Washington wines are first expensive (>$15 bucks) and not very complex. My latest favorite is a Columbia Crest Two Vines selection: Vineyard 10 Red Wine. It has a great mouthfeel and is jammy and rich tasting, like it has butter in it. It is a mix of Syrah Sangovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, and is $5.88 at Safeway, and $7.50ish at MM (Natch). I find that many of the Columbia Valley/Yakima reds coming out as second labels are good. Read Paul Gregutt’s article from this week–a rare acknowledgment that we all don’t drink $40 bottles of wine.


    JayDee
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    I know that I am responsible for my impact on the planet. I do not need the City Council, or the mayor to instruct me in how to reduce that impact. I use my own bags in case I remember to bring them. Sometimes I don’t bring them because I need a new paper bag for clean green food waste.

    Paper bags are a no-brainer–They go in the recycle or yard waste. While one might disagree with the general principle, trees grow here naturally, and can be harvested to make paper bags to haul groceries, books, or fertilizer in. But I will only be taxed to bring groceries home in a recyclable, renewable paper bag because the City (which is but one of many) decides I should pay the tax if I forgot my reusable bags (for a tax is what it is, regardless of the “good” cause it may or may not support).

    If I am so rash and irresponsible as to request a plastic bag, would that bag, in and of itself, contribute to the mid-Pacific garbage patch? Not very likely. Will it end up blowing down the street? Nope. Will cattle living in the street ingest the the bag and get sick…No, we have no cattle living in the street. Will the vast quantity of wastes generated by the City of Seattle citizens stop increasing because fractionally fewer wafer-thin plastic bags are not added to the waste stream? I got a viaduct to sell you.

    I will not sign the petition because they are being paid to gather signatures. I will object to this waste of our money. It may be justifiable as social engineering by government, but when the full cost of other activities is borne by those who generate them, I will support a “tax” that covers those costs, both the vehicle tax (that doesn’t) and the bag tax (which may or may not? who knows?) The bag tax isn’t based on actual costs or impacts, it was wagged.

    in reply to: Traffic #634027

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    Yeah, like Rick Rizz I am living in 2001…Maybe the Ms will mess up the homeward Hellevue commute by 2010…

    in reply to: Traffic #634025

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    The ride home is the worst. Try looking at this page before you depart work, and see what’s up before you actually get stuck in traffic. Keep in mind alternate ways to get to I-90 like Bellevue Way or even cutting through Beaux Arts (at the speed limit). SE 8th to Richards Road is another alternate to hit 90. Only in the worst case should you try 405-418-409 back to West Seattle. Worst case being Ms game and accidents, or just bad luck.

    http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle/


    JayDee
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    Despite their reputation, racoons are a bad combination of stupid and strong. A college room-mate had one as a family pet (not that smart an idea) and it was amazing how much that one ‘coon could tear up, especially if he thought there was something edible nearby. I encourage you to give all of the non-lethal methods a try before they smell food they want behind something fragile like a door.

    in reply to: Monday or Tuesday 8/11-12 Sunset Headsup #633975

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    No one has mentioned the more garish aspects of sunset. Given the skies, we will be able to see the sunset. It may or may not happen so don’t take the walk on my recommendation alone.

    I just remember the sunsets after Mt. Pinatubo (this would be much more local), and hope that what I saw last night was due to the volcano. The Alaskan volcano website cautioned that the SO2 cloud may take a different path from the ash; SO2 is what caused the Pinatubo sunsets. My fingers are crossed.

    in reply to: wsb #633782

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    I chime in with Vincent on the polarity of the WSB discussions — We all know whose viewpoints we like and don’t like, and I would add there are topics that I don’t even read (like anything to do with the names of the current candidates).

    I would much rather if the more acidic of the community would just let a comment go — For instance, read it and click off the discussion and think of a reply. If the person is name calling, insulting and rude then ignore them or report it–I would think one of those “do you find this posting offensive?” buttons would be useful. Accumulate more than 10 negatives, and a moderator would look and see what the fuss is.

    I frequently lurk and read the commentary on the Mariners at the U.S.S.M. blog. The community has specific rules enforced by a handful of moderators with the ability to delete posts. The rules on that blog are simple–No personal insults, no unfactual arguments like “Yankees Suck”, and no discussions about steroids. When such an off-topic comment is posted, the moderators delete it and leave a comment like [off-topic] or simply [Deleted] It lets those reading the blog know that abuse is not tolerated and gives them feedback.

    We should try and keep this valuable “commons” as civil as possible–disagreement is OK, just think if your mother would approve of your post before you hit send.

    I support WSB by publicizing it, by giving content, and by donating money because I think the WSB blog, despite the growing discussion warts, is valuable–I can see stories here two days before a local news channel finds them of interest.

    My two cents.

    in reply to: wedding DJ #633245

    JayDee
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    If it were me, I’d check with Wine Outlet on 1st Ave SW of Safeco. I am sure they could offer some ideas and good prices (Prosecco from Italy being one option). Actual Champagne from France is pretty dear these days, and options like Prosecco and Spanish sparkling wines make cents.

    http://www.seattlewineoutlet.com/

    The guy who owns the place is a good guy and if you can connect directly with Richard, he can work with you. His staff is also highly knowledgeable and they have good advice.

    in reply to: “Car-Free Days” on Alki Ave SW #629260

    JayDee
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    I wouldn’t mind if the point of the “Car Free Days” in Alki Ave was similar to the “Car Free Days” on Lake Washington Blvd–which is a relatively bucolic street that is difficult to get to even if you want to go there. This street is an ideal bike street for those very reasons. You can get to the areas it services by myriad other ways.

    Alki Ave/Harbor is serviced by an off-ramp on the West Seattle Fre…I mean “Bridge”. All of the non-WS folk who haven’t rec’d the press release will wondering what’s up that weekend when they get turned back. Others will go to Alki via Admiral, a major arterial that normally does a wonderful job handling traffic. What does a “car-free day” do to “teach” or “instruct” these folks? That they shouldn’t drive to Alki? What does it teach locals?

    Yes, I plead guilty to being “half-empty” in my outlook, but I would rather be wrong and have things go right than deal with other’s dreams of what is right for me. I ride the bus during the weeks and sometimes on weekends because I have a Metro bus pass, and use re-useable bags because I remembered to bring them. That is my choice, and I don’t need experiments to prove it to me.

    I understand that light rail will go from downtown to the airport in 25 minutes if it works as promised. I live in West Seattle, and light rail is but a pretty dream today. After the light rail is running, make direct bus connections every day to the ID station from the Junction, and light rail may possibly be attractive. But don’t ask me for higher property taxes without delivering the goods first. My two cents.

    in reply to: “Car-Free Days” on Alki Ave SW #629256

    JayDee
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    First of all this is another “feel good” experiment by the Mayor to make him feel better, but not the citizens. The bus service in the entire city not just West Seattle, sucks. Go to Vancouver, a city with even fewer freeways or viaducts–buses run every 10-15 minutes. And these buses run on the streets, often in transit only lanes. I’d rather they use the paint for the “Sharrows” to mark transit only lanes on 1st and 4th aves rather than invest in light rail tunnels.

    Hmmm…do you think it will be SRO on the water taxi shuttle that Sunday since no buses run along the beach? Maybe I should drive my car to the Mayor’s ‘hood, park in front of his house and walk down to the water taxi.

    Once Sound Transit manages to have the light rail train running, let’s see how it does and if the benefits pan out. A car to Seatac takes 25 minutes from West Seattle. Oh…you mean we cannot take a bus to the light rail station? It may take 1 to 1.25 hours to get to Seatac, adding this time to the post-911 time sink of air travel. Before Sound Transit asks for more regressive sales tax monies, please show us that Sound Transit can even make the first line work.

    in reply to: Looking for Clean Beach/Play Sand. #631969

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    Sorry for the delay: I install wells as part of my day job, and you should try “United Pipe and Supply” in the yellow pages.

    They have multiple locations and offer clean and sorted sand in different size gradations. If I was you, I would mix two types of sand, maybe 10/20 mixed with 20/40 (though I’d encourage you to see what these sizes are–10/20 is pretty coarse, no mud pies. 20/40 is finer, and could be nice by itself.

    BTW, I agree that the sand sold by hardware stores as playground sand is fairly “dirty”. United Pipe is open 8 AM to 5 PM and the sand is available in 98-pound sacks (2 cubic feet?) each (7.48 gallons per cubic foot). The price was $7-$8 last time I checked 4 years ago…

    My two cents.

    in reply to: RANT: silent bicyclists in Lincoln Park #631561

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    When I visited Vancouver B.C. the law required bikers to have a bell on their bike. Since that visit I use a bell to announce I am coming (on dedicated paths open to bikes and peds). As I get closer, I ring more.

    Generally, the conscious un-iPoded peds figure it out, look behind and see me coming. At that point they choose a side of the path and I pass on the other. This avoids the left/right confusion.

    Generally, if I see a pink Barbie bicycle I nearly always stop because random motions usually affect them regardless of the bell or the parent telling them what to do.

    in reply to: July Fourth Mess #628231

    JayDee
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    A slight tangent, but a friend of mine works for another city’s Parks and Rec and has to staff July 4 crowd control.

    The visitors to Alki sound like what he has to deal with. His name for the holiday:

    “Drunken Patriots Day”

    with the Fourth on a Friday, rather than Tuesday-Thursday, it is gonna be ugly unless it rains (let’s hope for a 60% chance of clouds/rain…).

    in reply to: Did flight paths change? #628246

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    I live over near 56 and Hanford and used to have planes buzz the place. I called Boeing Fields noise complaint line and at least made them acknowledge the event. Of course once I called in a low UPS plane, only to see one of the planes engines smoking as he circled back over Magnolia…

    King County is actually pretty responsive, and the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Here is the web site information:

    Phone: 206-205-KCIA (206-205-5242)

    E-mail: KCIAnoise@kingcounty.gov

    Online form: http://www.metrokc.gov/airport/noise_form.stm

    General information about noise:

    http://www.metrokc.gov/airport/noise/

    in reply to: Off leash dogs at non off leash parks (like Hiawatha) #627654

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    So I am watching my bosses’ Labrador/Dachshund mix dog while they are on vacation for two weeks. The dog is a little skitzy, but OK if you know her. I take her for walks (ok, sniffs) because she likes walks — on leash; what dog doesn’t? She likes other dogs but only in the abstract–smelling their presence. If we are walking, we cross the road when other leashed dogs approach. So good, so far.

    So we go to Alki Mail for an errand and are wandering through the hood on the way home–Admiral isn’t that exciting for a dog walk. We come upon a homeowner walking his unleashed Rottwieler and carrying a 6 month old baby in his arms. He reassures me as the large dog comes near: “Oh, don’t worry, he’s friendly…” Well, the unleashed Rott might be, but my temporary leashed dog is not. The Rott comes sniffing around and my dog goes trembley and shakey and snaps, trying to bite the other dog.

    Fortunately, it works out–we separate the dogs, and the “dad” doesn’t drop the kid or get bit by either dog.

    I pet the bosses’ dog a couple hundred feet away and her heart is going like 120 beats a minute. So we sit down (still on leash) and calm off, with me reassuring her that she is OK.

    I just think of all the bad outcomes that could’ve happened because one ignorant owner/dad says “It’s OK, he’s friendly…” without being troubled to walk his dog on a leash…ummm…like the law requires, oh, and with a helpless baby in his arms…

    You don’t even have to stretch your imagination.

    in reply to: questions about water taxi #625052

    JayDee
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    My company helps subsidize our use of the Metro Bus by helping pay for a bus pass, which also works on the Water Taxi. The city and county offer these “Flexpasses” to employers with a certain number of employees, and 5 years ago, the first year was free to me, now my share is $14/month taken pre-tax, so really painless, seemingly.

    The neat part is that as long as you remember where the pass is, every bus is “free” so you can even use them for errands if you can deal with the infrequent runs (compared to a city with real bus transit–like Vancouver BC).

    in reply to: questions about water taxi #625049

    JayDee
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    I concur with Celeste17, the WT is great, and parking at along Alki Ave on weekdays isn’t that bad. Weekends, like today, would be darn near impossible. If you are going downtown, you can walk to the Harbor Steps building south of the steps and take the public elevator to the 1st Ave level. Or walk to the Market Garage and take the Market Elevator. Assuming you don’t want to climb the Harbor Steps (saves one from the ciggy fumes too–the last thing you want to do when you gotta breathe is inhale someone else’s cigarette smoke.)

    The WT is no more faster than the Bus (barring a Ms game or traffic tie-up) but it is much more relaxing–The Argosy crews are efficient and polite.

    BTW, the shuttle leaves the Junction and drives straight to the WT. Besides, if you are on the shuttle, the boat will wait for you to arrive. Just look for the little green shuttle signs on the bus stop signs.

    in reply to: West Seattle Gardening questions #623357

    JayDee
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    JoB:

    Someday when I see your handle, I will think Jo___ B___ rather than the other. The other person was but mildly demented, taking those spray-paint utility markings in the street as a sign for the camera crews coming to film his arrival. Once you looked at the world from his point-of-view, it did seem anything would make sense.

    Good luck with the garden, and remember that you can always recycle the failures as Yard Waste.

    JayDee of Alki…

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