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  • in reply to: Electric Vehicles #744879

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    All of the Electric Highway sites that are supposed to be operational by February 15 are right along I-5 so, WS is not on the list. The only sites currently noted in WS are private locations, and several note they have the L2 chargers (J1772)… I am on the fence yet about an L2 charger (they cost about $2k), so I am using my regular household plug at night. The closest sites are noted by VeloNut are in Sodo.

    Anyone in WS tried any of the local private sites?

    in reply to: Wi-Fi in France #744857

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    I take, and use, my Ipad all of the time in Europe and have never had a problem. I have not been to the Normandy coast, but it has worked as far north as Copenhagen and as far south as Egypt (I know that’s Africa).

    Be careful tho’ that you are using a secure site, as my cousin regularly uses any site available, and every trip she gets her email hacked. I have never had that problem, but I am very particular that I know whose site I am using.

    Another word of caution — in November, I was in Sicily and left my Iphone4 in a cab. It was never returned – imagine that, as they sell for 650E. Make sure you have a passcode on your Apple mobile devices if they leave your home – and that you use the “wipe it clean” if someone tries to access it 10 times (I wish Apple would reduce the tries… ).

    in reply to: Euros for sale? #725018

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    Anyone have any remaining Euros that they would like to get rid — I am interested. My son leaves in about 4 weeks. email me at seekingeuros at gmail period com.

    in reply to: Euros for sale? #725017

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    Still looking to buy left over Euro.

    in reply to: 10 Years Later – I remember… #733339

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    On September 11th I was on a plane that left Montreal at 7am. My flight made a landing in Chicago, and when i got off the plane, everyone was watching TV. I fly alot, so I went into the airline club room and was watching TV there. Just as the towers came down, a club official came over and turned off the TV. Everyone screamed at him, but he said “under orders of the federal government, we have been told that all TVs in the airport have to be turned off”. I was pretty upset before that but was pretty unnerved. I got on the phone to my family, my cell (which was just about out of power) and asked them to get me a hotel room in Chicago, as I knew that planes were not going to takeoff again that day. About an hour later, the TVs came back on. I sat there glued to the TV until around 2pm and then went to the hotel that my family managed to get me into. Took me 2 days to get a rental car, and I drove across county.

    Like others posting here, there are may sounds and sights of that day I will never forget — the sounds of the people jumping, that were replayed and replayed that day or the sounds of the NYFD officers personal alarms after the towers fell.

    Since then, I have met several Tower 2 survivors who heeded warnings and left as soon as the 1st plane hit.

    I lookforward to visiting the new memorial this fall and to seeing the Freedom Towers when completed.

    This week there are a series of specials on the National Georgraphic Channel…. and while I will never forget that day, it really brought back the memories of that awful day. Because of that, I am now reading the book “102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the FLight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers”.

    in reply to: Cat sitter #733623

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    Sherry at Catspa Cat Care. She has cared for my cats for 15+ years. 935-5956

    in reply to: Euros for sale? #725016

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    My son is headed to Italy in early November, and I am hoping to have some Euros in his pocket when he lands. Anyone have any to get rid of…. but must be $1 coins or bigger up to $100. Sorry Elenator — I used to have Lira…. but threw them away a few years ago when Italy went to Euro. I will see a friend next week that might have some and will ask.

    in reply to: Book Club #733374

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    I’m interested if ya meet in the evening. seekingeuros at gmail period com.

    in reply to: Euros for sale? #725014

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    I am looking to buy some miscellaneous euro for a trip. If you would like to get rid of your $1 or $2 coins or any bills from $100 or less — let me know. email me at seekingeuros at gmail dot com. I have money left over from Vietnam and Myramar…. and would love to get rid of it. So I am hoping someone has euros.

    in reply to: Gutter cleaning, occasional handyman #733155

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    I dont know if He dose Gutters, but i cant recommend Buzz enough on Handyman Work.

    https://westseattleblog.com/forum/topic/rave-handman-and-small-projects

    in reply to: Deck refinishing recommendations #733256

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    in reply to: Beginning Spanish Group #726335

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    E – Glad those were helpful, as I was worried that I was presumptious to post all that…. so here are some more

    In the language that I am studying, I did buy Rosetta Stone — but did not find it very helpful(I wish I had saved my $400). Rather the podcasts and Busuu are much more helpful – and are free. I also have an Ipad which I have acquired several free or very low cost applications (for example, 5000 verbs and their congugation, a dictionary that pronounces the words). In addition, the Wordreference site and Iphone applicaiton (you should try that web site also – its a place where you can finds words and you can seek guidance on how to use a word).

    If you are intersted in an instructor — the web site MyPrivateLanguageTutor will match you up with one that charges $20 per hour for a lesson. You work with a textbook that they recommend. Lessons are on Skype and the instructor is native in the language you are seeking.

    One of the biggest hurdles is getting you to speak in the language — and having someone work with you on pronunciation is REALLY helpful. I have been seriously studying for 2 years, and spend at least 2 hrs a day studying on my own (I am a slow learner)…. and can communicate, but struggle for the words.

    When you get comfortable with the language you can also find newspaper in the language free on the web. There are also TV stations in spanish countries you can listen to (courtesey of the free web), Youtube has cartoons in many languages(ya have to find them) and then there are movies with english subtitles….. the web has tremendous resources, most of which are free.

    in reply to: Beginning Spanish Group #726333

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    Did you try Meetup.com? There are several Spanish languange meetups – the one in Bellevue meets weekly as does the one on Seattle. The languange meet up that I go to meets periodically and there are people of varying levels; we pair people up if the group is large enough.

    A web site that I use for a different languange, but which also has spanish, is http://www.busuu.com – It is a type of Rosetta Stone and is a good way to hear and visually see the language. THere is a free part that is pretty good and if you like it you can add modules for a fee.

    There are also tons of free podcasts and application in Itunes. You dont need an Ipad or Ipod, as the podcasts run on our computer in the free software Itunes.

    in reply to: Men in the public eye/politics #726045

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    JamminJ — You raise an interesting point. What I am differentiating is that elected officials and celebrities choose to live their lives in the public eye. Most others (corp exec’s, bankers, etc) dont. While I believe that anyone that has influence over others should lead an honest life, obviously others dont. What I mean by that is — walk your talk. Do what you say. It seems to me that our world would be much better off if that were the case. Dont lecture me on perfection, as we know no human is perfect.

    Yes, I remember Jennifer Flowers. Because nothing was proven, and Hillary vouched for him, I feel that most women felt that if she was ok with it, then who where they to judge. If in fact that was the case, then dont throw a stone. However, do you think he would have been elected if he had responded to that first qustion about Jennifer by saying — Yes, Hillary and I have an open marriage and we both can have affairs with others as long as it is discrete (assuming that is their deal). Same with Arnold. Doubt that they would have gone very far in politics or their marriages, but they would have been living honestly and not in the closet. Creeping around and hiding what you do is going to get you caught… and that’s what I am reacting to. IF Weiner had not lied so overtly in his 1st press conference, and rather said, what he said in the 2nd and added that his wife was ok with it and was there in his support – case closed, no beef. Thats not what happened and wife is absent.

    JoB — titter…titter. Wish it were so, but know its not.

    in reply to: Men in the public eye/politics #726038

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    While women do cheat (men are not always cheating with men), so far I cant name a woman who was first in the public eye who was caught cheating. Lindseay — I agree that cheating in my mind is not limited to sex, but rather can also be an affair of the heart or other emotional liaisons. Spouses come to an agreement about their lifestyles. Some choose to not be exclusive, even in marriage. That is their choice and I am not arguing that society should change that.

    Rather my opposition to what is happening are public individuals being dishonest about their private lives and in many cases overtly lying and covering up their dishonesty. If you are leading an honest life — dont lie about it. This can be as simple as leading their constituents into believing that they are leading a conventional married life. Do you think that Clinton would have gotten elected if he had said he was a swinger? Do you think the Schwarzenegger would have gotten elected if he was a known womenizer? I disagree that we should allow our politicians to be dishonest in one area and “clean” in another. How am I to know which end of the honest-dishonest they are on issues of interest to me?

    Weiner’s wife was not present at his media event, as I suspect that she didnt sign on for a spouse that conducted him in such a manner.

    Quit blaming the media. The media only serves up the gruel that the audience seeks — if you turned off your TV to the media, and others followed, the media would be different. Thats what the public wants. If you dont like US media, try reading/watching the media in other countries (its readily available today on the web both in papers and visual media).

    If we dont expect more of ourselfs and our elected’s — we might as well not bother with liberty and justice for all.

    in reply to: Men in the public eye/politics #726037

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    To Jiggers – “You sound insecure.” I didnt deserve that (a personal attack) — as you dont know me. Below the belt debating is cause for a foul and you fouled out.

    in reply to: Men in the public eye/politics #726013

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    THANK YOU KatherineL. Yes — men who choose to not honor their marital commitments — thats between the spouses. However, these men are in the public eye – a choice they made. Thus, their screwing around is open for the public eye. What makes these all so despicable is that ALL OF THEM denied (lied about) the affairs or their behavior. Seems to me that if you cheat and lie to your spouse, you will lie and cheat as a politician. You can choose to forgive your husband if he has cheated…. but public servants and those who seek the public trust by being in the public eye, should be held to a higher standard and thus, suffer greater consequences. Seems to me that the public is letting these guys off easy and maybe if we didnt, there would be a greater deterrent toward such behavior.

    I only hope that The Wiener is drummed out of office. He clearly has deep rooted problems.

    in reply to: Anyone with a metal roof? #725649

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    I had a metal roof installed a few years ago. Like you, the house had a shake roof. I wanted something with a 50 year life, so I went metal. It was very expensive, but I felt worth it. There is a noticible rainfall noise particularly when its a hard rain, but you do get used to it pretty quickly. The first year, just about anytime it would rain, I would notice it, but now, I rarely notice the sound.

    My advice — if you are doing it for the warranty — make sure you use as the contractor someone who will be around when you might need to invoke the warranty. After investigation, I chose Jorve. They are more expensive than others that I got quotes, but they have been around for several decades. They also did a fantastic clean up job, including fixing everything that they damaged even in the slightest way (they dropped a shingle onto my trex deck, which resulted in a dent – they replaced the plank).

    I like the look of the house, and its tought to know that its metal.

    in reply to: Kitchen Range (Glass or Gas?) #715415

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    Dual Fuel is what I did — GE Medallion. I spent alot of time researching differnt ovens. I really liked the magnetic induction tops, but realized that they will show their use much earlier than a gas. I once had a glass cooktop and it never looked clean. So I went with the GE dual fuel medaliion series with a built in grill. I LOVE IT. There are more expensive units, but GE has really built the right capabilitis into their oven. I picked it out at Albert Lee, after seeing all of their ovens. I purchased it from Metropolitan on 1st Ave, which gave me the better deal.

    in reply to: Bad things are happing in West Seattle #710908

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    I hope you reported it to the police, Your decorations, coupled with the Middle Schools trees that were chopped…. makes me wonder if some teen thinks he got a great toy to play with. Malicious behavior – I hope the parents of kids in the area are talking to their kids about good and bad behavior.

    in reply to: What roofing company should I use? #711860

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    I highly recommend Jorve. Expensive but worth evey penny. They come out every other year to inspect the roof at my request – free of charge. They replaced a 10 year old roof put on by Raynproof — which I would not recommend — that roof was supposed to last 20 years.

    in reply to: Women's book club in West Seattle #711229

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    kmweiner — I am interested in a 40+ book club – or at least one where everyone is not so so focused on babies and kids. I’m past that, looking for girl time and interested in talking about current fiction with maybe a sprinkling of nonfiction.


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    Ok, you support taxes on pop/candy. I dont. Someone else supports taxes on XYZ and others dont. As long as WA does this silly referrendum stuff, programs will be slashed at the whim of poor voter turnout. Anytime you ask voters to pay more — its a no brainer that the answer will be NO – NOOMP (Not out of my pocket). Rather, we elect our public officals for the express purposes of working for the greater common good. Its time Seattlites held their elected officials accountable and let them make these decisions for the greater good. If we dont like their decisions, our role is to make sure they dont get elected. Politicians in Seattle get a free skate — they dont stand up for anything, nor do they have platforms that show they are working for a specific objective — rather its appease everyone over everything. Which is why nothing gets done, and they point to citizen referendums as overturning “their good ideas”.

    Dont you love how our snow problems have been resolved? Dont you love how surface travel has become less congested and improved in the last 10-15 years? Dont you love how we get better police and fire protection here in West Seattle? Dont you love that our libraries and community centers are open whenever we would like them?

    I believe we need an income tax instead of the tax de jour. I would not mind paying more taxes as long as its a bit equitable/predictable and the services are restored.

    DP — your analogy would be better if you related libraries to something wasted in City government, versus that at the federal level. To my knowedge, the City of Seattle (or King County) didnt go to war nor does it purchase cruise missiles. I cant speak that that joke of a state that purports to represent us.

    in reply to: find an iPhone? #711047

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    MobileMe costs ya — so for others — consider at least setting a passcode. I do this on all of my Apple products. What it means is that if someone tries to access your phone/pad/pod — after 10 tries it will delete everything and freeze the unit. At least that way, no one else can use it and maybe then it will be recovered. I also use MobileMe – so for $99 it will let the cops catch the person that has it. A friend of mine had his taken downtown and, with MobileMe the cops got the guy who was trying to sell it back to my friends wife for $100. The whole story was pretty funny.

    in reply to: Female Orange/Buff Tabby FOUND #704883

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    Marc et al – i feel particulaly pulled on this one. I was going to pay for a week just in case this was an outdoor cat that lost its way. The staff at the vet convinced me to shorten my offer 1- this very sweet cat was in a very dangerous location, 2- was hanging out on the sidewalk and has crossed a very busy intersection, 3-she was not chipped and while the fur had collar marks, there was no collar. Animal control will assure she is spade and at she gets chipped. I have 3 cats, all of which have chips AND are indoor only. My fear is the cat somehow escaped its home…. So rather than find a dead cat, i sent a message to the blog, paid for several dayS of the cat to be safe until the owner found it. If it were me, i would know my cat was missing after 8 hours and again if it were me, i would be frantically searching everywhere…. So the blog and notifying animal control were the best i could do. Not to be holy’er than tho…. Maybe this sweet cat will be adopted by a more caring family.

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