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I’m very sorry to hear this happened to you, Mark47n. Those drivers should be ashamed for not stopping to help you. I hope you are not too hurt, but I’m sure that this experience just added to the physical pain.
It reminded me of an experience I had over a decade ago in North Seattle. I wrecked my motorcycle going about 25 mph on a one lane road. There were several cars behind me who were blocked by my wreck. The cars just stopped. They just stopped and watched as I slowly got up, hobbled and in pain. I lifted my motorcycle up all by myself and pushed it off the road. Limping and hobbled by my hip and shoulder getting slammed into the concrete. Not a soul got out of their cars to help me lift the bike. Not a person even rolled down their window to ask if I was okay. The experience was bruising emotionally on top of the physical pain.
I guess Seattle kindness and empathy has not changed much since. I hope you heal quickly from this.
July 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm in reply to: Intentionally shining high beams into other drivers eyes is NOT okay #982597
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“(2) Whenever a driver of a vehicle approaches an oncoming vehicle within five hundred feet, such driver shall use a distribution of light, or composite beam, so aimed that the glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of the oncoming driver. The lowermost distribution of light, or composite beam, specified in RCW 46.37.220(2) shall be deemed to avoid glare at all times, regardless of road contour and loading.”July 7, 2020 at 5:08 pm in reply to: Intentionally shining high beams into other drivers eyes is NOT okay #982590
Hello 2 Much Whine, I get what you are asking, but no, he was not trying to warn me of my headlights being off. He brighted me for an extended period, not a friendly flash. It was clear he was trying to guard the pedestrian, but there was not a need to. Also, he did this as I was slowing down and he kept them on until I was stopped. I was already in the process so it was completely unnecessary.
It’s really not a big deal but it was something unexpected and unnecessary. It confused the pedestrian and myself. Even his hazard lights were pretty unnecessary. I get it, people on 35th think everyone is out to mow down pedestrians, but I’m very much on the side of pedestrians and always try to keep an eye out and stop for them. It would personally never occur to me to try to do what this other driver did, and it made me think it is something he’s done before and will eventually catch someone totally off guard and cause a worse problem. When you see a pedestrian, it is your responsibility to stop and let them cross. That is all that is necessary and the safest thing to do, IMO.
It was just very strange and added confusion and frustration to a situation where there should not have been any.
March 27, 2020 at 8:53 am in reply to: new Nido and Pacific Room Alki – anyone tried them yet? #974425
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We booked a reservation for Valentine’s Day at Pacific Room. When we arrived, the hostess said she did not have a table for us because they (or Open Table) had accidentally overbooked the night. Apparently we weren’t the only ones turned away. Got to say, not the best first experience for us and I’m not sure if we’ll give them another chance or not.
I am also interested in this for my 5 year old. Would be looking to start asap. Malia, if anyone responds to you directly, hoping you can re-post here. Thank you!
They really need to put an actual barrier of some sort instead of the double lines, or find a way to enforce it and hand out some tickets. I’ve seen so many complaints about this behavior. Apparently some people just don’t care and will never change. It is maddening when I see people do this, and it also causes people who did get over safely before the double white lines to aggressively block these cheaters, which is a daily recipe for road rage.
You are not alone. I often take a left from 100th north onto 35th. The sidewalk on the right side of the road now sticks out several feet further than the left side. This makes it so you have to pull forward into what should be the southbound 35th crosswalk in order to see well enough to safely make the turn. Ironically, they’ve actually made it more dangerous for pedestrians at that intersection! It’s probably only a matter of time before a car strikes a pedestrian at this intersection as they have to pull further forward to see how to turn safely.
What bothers me also is that Arbor Heights really badly needs sidewalks! Now I feel like a jerk for complaining about the one we just got. :(
Just checking, any clues? The backpack also had a very cherished toy in it that was a gift from my daughter’s cousin. Hoping someone picked it up with the kind thought of finding its owner! ;)
Thanks for the tips everyone! I also appreciate the offers to ride along with me to show me the route. That says a lot of good about the cycling community. I’m such a noob though, that I think I’ll try it myself as I have a lot to figure out and don’t want to slow anyone down. I haven’t ridden a bike in years and just got a used one today to start riding again. They say you never forget how to ride a bike, but I’ll tell you that it felt totally foreign to me riding today!
Now a second question for the community; where’s the best bike shop to get gear/accessories, and get a tune up? I heard there was a shop in West Seattle that closed recently. Where does everyone go now?
Anonyme, now that I know what their call sounds like, I hear it throughout the day. They just rarely seem to show themselves out in the open.
It may also be because of other birds around our yard or our dog that keeps them away. We do have some very territorial crows that nest in one of our trees. That said, I don’t recall ever seeing them anywhere else like the local parks either. Maybe it’s me?
LOL, mark47n! Wish I could get a closer view, but wouldn’t want one that close!
Thanks all! That’s exactly it. Glad to finally know what this bird is after years of not knowing.
In my opinion, places where dogs belong: your house, your fenced yard, on a leash outside, camping or hiking. Places where dogs don’t belong: grocery stores, festivals, concerts, playgrounds, city park beaches, off-leash outside, and restaurants, with a few exceptions for places that are designed to be dog friendly. I have a dog, and those are the rules I follow.
And another thing, people who cheat the system and falsely claim their dogs are service dogs are no different from non disabled persons who park in disabled persons parking spots.
Not sure how but my previous reply seems to have disappeared. Trying again!
1) The notion that some parents would use a sign in the street in lieu of teaching their children about safety is ludicrous. I know a lot of parents, and not one would stoop to that level of irresponsibility and laziness.
2) The people who are putting up these signs are likely doing so in reaction to people driving dangerously fast down the streets they live on. Go look at 39th and 102nd SW and you’ll see a dozen of these signs at different houses. The reason? Because people soar down that road and blow through that intersection regularly at dangerous speeds.
3) Getting the city to fix dangerous intersections takes a lot of time and effort and waiting for that to happen isn’t feasible. Families then take the situation on themselves by trying to put up signage since the city won’t.
4) I don’t know any parents that encourage their children to go play in the streets. Though there may be some exceptions in cul-de-sacs and special places like that.
5) Kids take a long time to develop a safe awareness of their surroundings and it takes repeated instruction and guidance from parents to teach them. You don’t just tell a kid once to stay out of the street and they mind. You can tell a small child to be careful around cars one minute and the next they’ll see a butterfly and chase it right into the street if nobody stops them.
6) Just slow down in our neighborhoods. This is directed at everybody. It seems we are all in such a hurry these days that safety takes a back seat to getting to your destination. Slow down and not only will you give yourself more time to react, but if you do happen to hit someone, the damage will be hopefully less severe.
7) I live on an arterial and just accept that people are going to drive it at higher speeds. I wouldn’t even consider a Slow Down sign because it wouldn’t do a bit of good. However, on the side streets around here I see others driving at dangerous speeds daily. I do wish people would mind their speed on these neighborhood roads, maybe then it wouldn’t be necessary for people to put up their own signage.
I grew up in a place where fireworks were rare and were a treat when they happened. I remember the anticipation before a fireworks show where we were eagerly awaiting dark skies and the adults were carefully inspecting the ignition area and making sure everything was safe. I remember the shows were special and we reacted to the colors with oohs and ahhs.
I never imagined what happens here in Seattle these days, which has gotten absurdly out-of-hand. The rolling thunder of explosions yesterday started early and lasted very late into the night, making bedtime for my child impossible and we’re paying the price for it today. Our dog spent the night in the bathroom scared out of his mind. The heart shaking booms are ridiculous. The amount of explosions is crazy. I miss just having a good time and not spending the night worried about our dog and our sleep and our neighborhood safety.
All of you who talk about “it’s just for one night”, “it’s your responsibility to take care of your dog”, etc are so inconsiderate. Many, many, many people are asking for you to listen to your neighbors and take your absurdly rude behavior elsewhere. I want to be able to celebrate this holiday, and the New Year, and every Seahawks game without this unreasonable infringement on my right to live my life peacefully in this neighborhood. Please, just listen to your neighbors imploring for your attention and respect, we will return it in kind.
In my experience, going to the court for parking tickets is usually worth it. Out of the four times I’ve done so, three times they dropped the fine completely, and one time they dropped it down to $10. If the parking ticket was indeed something nitpicky, your chances are good. The time that they dropped it to $10, was when I expressed dismay at the $47 charge and admitted I had learned my lesson.
That is maddening and scary. Society is degrading. People are either too scared for their own safety to help others in need, or maybe scared they wouldn’t know how to help, or maybe just negligent indifference, maybe too in a hurry to be bothered. Whatever it is, it is a sad story about the state of our society these days. I hope that the person in the accident heals okay and glad at least you cared enough to try to help. Thank you for trying.
It reminds me of an incident I had several years ago where I dumped my motorcycle in a slick curve and was blocking the road. I was shaken up and bruised, but was able to get up and lift my bike up and move it out of the road. There were several cars that had to stop while my accident was blocking. Not a single one of the drivers even made the smallest effort to roll down their windows and ask if I was okay or needed any help. They all sped off as soon as they were able.
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I had to become a landlord a few years ago and decided to get professional guidance. I highly recommend Gretchen Bear. I don’t know how I could have survived my first experience being a landlord without her guidance. There is a lot to know about laws, forms, how to screen tenants, etc, that she knows and teaches well. You can find more info at her website https://firsttimelandlord.com/about/.May 22, 2017 at 8:58 pm in reply to: First time parents – Need recommendation for OB/GYN and Hospital #883626
Based on our experience, I recommend Swedish First Hill. Our daughter was born 7 weeks early so we had to spend a few weeks in the NICU after she was born. The nurses in the NICU were awesome. They put so much care and attention into helping us and the other families, it was really amazing. Even though our early birth was unexpected and scary, the staff there helped it go as well as it could have and gave us plenty of support along the way. They never acted like they didn’t have time to answer this very worried father’s many questions. Congratulations, and best of luck finding the right fit for your needs.
It is getting crazy on the roads around Seattle. The population is growing beyond what our infrastructure can support. At the same time, our road conditions are getting worse because of all the construction and additional traffic. People are facing repeated daily frustrations which are causing them to drive like maniacs every time they get behind the wheel. I believe we are seeing the results of our rapid population growth without the infrastructure support actually causing adverse changes in behavior. I’m not excusing the behavior. It makes me angry. I’m just starting to be less surprised when it happens.
We have the same problem every spring with the Spotted Towhees. As explained above, during mating season they attack their reflection thinking it is a rival bird. They also attack our car mirrors and poop all over them in the process. For the windows, we’ve set up fake garden owls to scare them away, and in some cases bird tape has worked for a bit of time. We also have to push our mirrors in on our cars so they can’t get to them. It is an annoyance to us, but it is also not healthy for the birds, so hopefully you can find a solution.
No worries, Anonyme. I didn’t think it was directed at me. It was more that I re-read my comment and thought about how sensitive people are to off-leash dogs around here and wanted to get ahead of any assumptions about how my dogs got into so much trouble. ;)
Heh, anonyme, that would certainly be a memorable lesson for a dog owner letting their dog off leash in a city park.. and one I would consider due punishment.
FWIW, my anecdotes about my dogs getting into things were from when I lived in Montana with acreage for dogs to run and no off-leash laws being broken. Dogs get into trouble, it’s just their nature. In the city parks and common areas, the rules/laws absolutely need to be followed for so many reasons. Maybe a skunk or two might actually be for the better in Lincoln Park.