JayDee

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  • in reply to: West Seattle Gardening questions #623352

    JayDee
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    JoB:

    As far as roses go, next year cut them back near the Presidents holidays. Doing so now would be too much of a shock. Add a tablespoon or two of Epsom salt around the base of each rose bush–it supposedly helps them form thicker wood–thicker wood being better for new growth.

    I’d also strip all yellow/black leaves from the bushes–Black spot is a matter of when, not if here.

    Good luck – JayDee

    (BTW, years ago a crank who believed he was Jesus kept faxing our work number with his latest idea about pyramids, UFOs, and the second (i.e. his) coming. His nom de plume was Jesus of Burien or JoB for short–Whenever I see your handle, I think of poor JoB.)

    in reply to: RR: Alki Beach Sweatshirts #620812

    JayDee
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    Thanks to all; my problem was rather urgent, and had checked into Alki A&G earlier, but they didn’t have sweatshirts ready to go for an uncle who was behind in his duties. Linda’s was able to help, and I appreciated their selection.

    – JayDee

    in reply to: RR: Alki Beach Sweatshirts #620809

    JayDee
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    OK, I know it is a trivial request, but compared to most subjects, relatively easy to solve. Even the merchants I visited along Alki Ave. said it was a great idea. When the weather is nice, there is often a stiff breeze blowing off the 48-54 degree waters of the Sound, putting the lie to sun in the sky…(go to the south side of Alki…). An Alki hoodie is an idea waiting to happen…

    JayDee

    in reply to: House Update. #620377

    JayDee
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    Dear House:

    Check out the Trader Jo…I mean “Racism” discussion. The site mentioned is entertaining, even if my own ox is getting gored. I have way too much in common mentioned in that thread, and here I thought I was a country club republican (the extinct species of Republican, the social-moderate, fiscal conservative type) to be considered the white liberal stereotype skewered by that site. Not that I endorse that site, or any views endorsed by it…But I did chuckle a bit…I think you might like it too. For some reason.

    Welcome back. JayDee.

    in reply to: the Anti Trader Joe’s store #620125

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    Dear Crowe:

    Although I am a TJs faithful, I am willing to try local sources of the same thing. I like cheeses and am willing to look to non-TJs–while I love TJs, I prefer home grown enterprises.

    I will check Big Johns PFI out, and sing your praises if the value is there. Big Johns PFI is located in an odd place, but I will try and find it. I hate driving to Burien ever since Al’s film. I work downtown and drive home to West Seattle often.

    JayDee

    in reply to: Racism (started as Trader Joe’s) #619878

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    Dear All:

    I read the Seattle Weekly, see “Ask an Uptight Seattelite” and don’t read it, because I don’t think it is funny, and feel that it is inappropriate. But I can make that choice by not choosing to be insulted.

    Secondly, I didn’t move up to Washington from some dreaded place to the south until TJs opened stores here. I am a secular humanist until TJs comes up. TJs gives one reasons to live, or rather, reasons to enjoy life. Like those little packets of multiple sponges. Your sponge is full of microbes, chuck it and get a new one. Yes, more solid waste, but enough with eco-guilt.

    The wines are weird, and you may not have heard of them, but 2/3rds are good values,and finding the best requires skills and observational talents. The chips/salsa/wine even the lettuce are a deal and worth buying along with cheese. Oh, the cheese. Olive oil, vitamins/supplments are good too. I could go on, in the manner of a true believer, but I won’t.

    But every religion has it’s bad parts — The prepared and frozen foods are a fat/cholesterol/sodium wasteland, not to mention eco-guilt land. Read the labels carefully, and don’t buy the farmed salmon, farmed shrimp, or rare species if you care about those things. And worse don’t buy, 3-buck Chuck. Friends don’t let friends drink 3 buck Chuck.

    Feel free to resume off-topic rants; I will be driving to the Burien TJs until the powers in Germany (TJs is privately held) have the wisdom to select West Seattle as I did over a decade ago.

    JayDee

    in reply to: RANT — Cutting down trees #619963

    JayDee
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    Well, I live near Alki and yes there are a few trees in my view corridor. I have even contributed money to trimming a particularly large tree (that was a mistake because it was way too vital to give up after that.) But I was willing to pay, and the neighbor was willing to accept the money. Fair deal in my book.

    Now cutting down other’s trees without permission–that is wrong, especially when combined with trespass. That should be prosecuted if proof is found–sadly while it might be obvious who benefits, no one is generally caught. I could cite actual examples, but shame is rarely successful since I sure they justify their actions in some way.

    Lastly, when I planted a maple in my front yard, I apologized to the neighbor in the view-line who would be affected saying it would reach 25 feet in 50 years…long after both of us are worm food or ash. But I did take into account that I might affect his view when buying that tree. Hopefully it will brighten up the front yard–Japanese maples are very graceful.

    So I see both sides to the argument since my view is one of the things I value, but so are property rights, and if one wants to plant a laurel bush in anothers view corridor (assuming it is not for simple privacy, which is understandable), it is their right, but I would think that it is a matter for negotiation, not vandalism.

    JayDee

    in reply to: Helping a Friend: Delridge Neighborhood Questions #617317

    JayDee
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    Thanks to all for your reply. My friend is contemplating an offer so your help is still timely. Mike — I have forwarded this link to her, and if she feels comfortable contacting your friends, she’ll touch base with you–thanks for the offer.

    JayDee

    in reply to: Hummer Houses #616331

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    My “unfavorite” Hummer House is located near 56th Ave SW and Spokane. It has been under construction or rebuilding for years. Not only is it a large house, it has got to be one of the ugliest houses in West Seattle, with, I think, 4 floors of windowed rooms, including a bonus room (Widow’s walk) on-top to ruin whatever view remained of the neighbors (not me, thankfully).

    No architectural grace or anything to soften its offending boxes stack on-top of the original construction. According to neighborhood sources, it’s only saving grace is that it reportedly blocks the view of a “developer” (odd, how we consider it a pejorative term) who house is adjacent but whose recent project a few avenues away took away the the views from several adjacent properties.

    When I bought my place in ’96, the house to the left has a view convenant (and so, a flat roof) that an adjacent property owner had purchased or made when they’d sold the property originally. No easement on my place but the shame I would feel. Now if the people downhill from me go up…(knock on wood, or particle board…).

    in reply to: Garage Door Repair Person – Any Suggestions? #615836

    JayDee
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    Dear Katydid:

    Assuming you have new batteries in the one that doesn’t work (I know, but I had to say it), open the cover of the one that does work. Each of those little white switches and the three (i think) positions together form a code. Get a piece of paper and mark down the switch positions of the controller that does work. Close it back up.

    Open the one that doesn’t work. Are the switches in the same position as the one that works? If so, you need a new controller. Note the brand and type of opener and you might be able to buy a replacement controller.

    If the switches are in different positions, set them the same as the controller that works. Reset the cover and try it.

    Good Luck – JD

    in reply to: butcher? #615845

    JayDee
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    Well, it was more a tongue in cheek comment about the fish place that draws crowds by tossing salmon in the air. Great photo op for tourii, not so much if you want to buy fish. I also wonder what happens to the missed catch of the day? Half-price perhaps?

    City Fish is less showy, they know their fish, and it is easy to get to.

    in reply to: butcher? #615840

    JayDee
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    While it may sound counter-intuitive, Metropolitan Market has given me good service. Once, when I served a leg of lamb for dinner, I’d been disappointed by the cut of meat offered by a Queen Anne butcher despite the fact I’d told him that I needed to wrap it around a London Broil…it just kinda of disintegrated when I tried to wrap it, and no amount of twine would help. I ended up messing the main course up. But it started with the less than desirable cut of lamb the butcher foisted on me.

    For my second dinner involving lanb, I didn’t want to go to Costco, and went instead to MM. I asked a random butcher there about what I was cooking, and he not only picked out a superb cut, he also dressed it for me, carving off fat and weirdo chunks..before weighing it!

    Yes, it cost more per pound than Costco, but I didn’t have to hazard the digits to dress it, and I would’ve thrown the extra parts away. My dinner was a a preparation pain, but not literally a pain thanks to the Met Market butcher.

    That being said, I’ve gotten good service from Fero’s Meats at the Pike Place Market (away from the fish abusers, in the Sanitary Market down the stairs under Metskers).

    For fish MM can be good but pricey, but the Seattle Fish Company rocks. Good fish, good prices. When the season is running they are price competitive with QFC, MM, though Safeway’s prices beats them if you are a member. But I like the fish I get there and trust them to treat it well before I buy it.

    At Pike Place Market, I like City Fish, less flash, better fish, and less tourii. They are willing to answer questions and are friendly. I don’t want my fish tossed through the air–good entertainment, but not with the dinner.

    My two centavos. JD.

    in reply to: so sick of the wind #615036

    JayDee
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    OK, may I suggest a third way:

    Try bringing to mind a song lyric that expresses where one is at with the weather.

    Like last Friday, struggling up Fourth against the building accelerated breeze and rain stinging my eyes: Crosby Stills Nash “Cold Rain”:

    “Cold rain down on my face, buses hurry on,

    Work’s out, here comes the race,

    People heading home.”

    Or the Grateful Dead’s “Cold Rain and Snow”:

    “Well I married me a wife, shes been trouble all my life, Run me out in the cold rain and snow

    Rain and snow, run me out in the cold rain and snow.”

    Or Gordon Lightfoot’s “In the Early Morning Rain…”:

    “In the early mornin’ rain, With a dollar in my hand, And an aching in my heart, And my pockets full of sand, I’m a long ways from home, And I missed my loved one so, In the early mornin’ rain, With no place to go”

    You get the picture. I am a weather foamer, but even I find our winter weather a challenge, but we put up with this weather because a Seattle summer is so fine (well, if it happens…). No, I am not leaving anytime soon just because I want to vent. It is so odd when a friend in SoCal calls and says “The full moon looks so lovely over the harbor” and my response is: “Oh, the moon is full?…I haven’t seen it recently…”

    in reply to: Cell Service #613779

    JayDee
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    While there is always that “dead zone” between the top of the hill and the bottom (right around “Alki Mail and Dispatch”), I have found Verizon to have the best customer service, and the best coverage in general. From my understanding Clearwire is only an Internet provider of slower-than-DSL speeds (Clearwire is a tad coy about actual upload speeds…)

    I do not know about your area–I’d quiz your neighbors if you are looking into it. There was/is an odd dead spot in Verizon coverage in the Alaska Junction if you hang there.

    While this sounds lukewarm, I’ve gotten better customer service from Verizon wireless than any comparable utility.

    in reply to: HD: Comcast vs. Dish vs. Direct TV — West Sea RRs? #613581

    JayDee
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    Thanks to all. I am really in a dilemma; half the Direct TV/Dish Subscribers really like it, no problem. beachdrivegirl had some really negative experiences with Direct TV, and Comcast has a spotty rep, some good, some bad, but generally higher prices.

    Now Ken tells me that I will lose my local Weather Channel station input if I upgrade to satellite…This is the one thing that may keep me from switching–As a weather foamer (being rabid about it, that is) I switch between whatever station I am watching and the weather channel for a local radar/forecast shot when a commercial hits . While it seems obvious that I would miss this with satellite, I’d overlooked it.

    I may just remain with Comcast for awhile, get a few upgrades from my current package, and see how this whole HD thing sorts itself out. However, for those doubting the move to HD: Do it, it is truly amazing what the quality difference is. My old TV was a stunner in it’s time, but 14 years later is nearly Jurassic Park for TVs.

    Thanks all – JayDee

    in reply to: HD: Comcast vs. Dish vs. Direct TV — West Sea RRs? #613575

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    OK, my bad JT for not searching more — Of course I am not the only one searching for the right answer.

    As to Acemotel, community service is great, but I currently pay $58/month for basic cable, and despite “competition” — promised so long ago when Cable was deregulated — The monthly cost has never decreased. The problem with Cable/Satellite is that while it is certainly not a public good like electricity or gas, it is certainly more valuable than when I when I grew up.

    The differential costs add up, month after month, and I am not willing to pay $25-$40/month year after year, even if they provide community service projects. Comcast has never shown me that my business is worth anything to them, or gone out of their way. While Verizon is a similar type of company, I never hang the phone up wondering if I’ve gotten the worst part of the bargain.

    Acemotel, I will check out the thread reccomended and if Comcast offers the best deal or PQ at a reasonable, if not the lowest price, I will go with them.

    Thanks – JayDee

    in reply to: Bamboo? #613555

    JayDee
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    Todd:

    You would be missing a great opportunity if you didn’t visit the West Seattle Farmer’s Market and talked with Wade of Rockridge Orchards, one of the vendors.

    Rockridge sells Bamboo, and Wade is a great resource. Now, he may not have some with him right now, but he can bring them on the truck if this is the right time to plant. I’ve been sharing my bamboo stories with him for the last couple of years and with his advice about mulching, mine have reached their species height.

    Secondly, look into “Clumping” rather than running bamboo. A great resource is a local distributor’s brochure “Discovering Bamboo” by Boo-Shoot Gardens. It is $16 ordered off their website, and it is a great, up-to-date reference if you are looking to buy (Well, in addition to Wade.).

    Good luck – A Bamboo “Foamer” (rabid about them)- JayDee.

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