In real life, I-1515 is a vicious anti-queer initiative that actually targets trans kids with abuse and puts a $2500 bounty on their heads and I am not even making that up.
IF YOU SEE IT, SAY SOMETHING.
But there is no way we are staying up through this storm. XD
So angry: I just found a $45 parking fine for Thanksgiving shopping at QFC.
I'd been - past tense - shopping there for DECADES.
But because I stopped for five minutes at a locksmith before going to spend >$300 at QFC...
Said locksmith is, I note, in the SAME PROPERTY as the QFC...
I got hit with a $45 fine for PARKING ON THE PROPERTY. The SAME property.
I was, for the record, getting a GUEST KEY made for my THANKSGIVING GUESTS
Before going to spend an hour and >$300 at the U. Village QFC. SURPRISE: $45 FINE.
On top of everything - we don't drive much; it was hidden from the inside by the dashboard.
Had I not noticed it going into the garage for something else, it would've jumped to $73 (in another few days).
Now, this wouldn't screw ME economically. But I've got friends who would've been pooched.
And it's the same lot I'd been parking in for YEARS. MANY years. Until they added a level. (And after!)
So it's an ambush ticket on top of everything else. A big HA HA FUCK YOU from QFC.
The cancellation has shown up on Diamond's website. I've printed a copy.
But my gods, what a slap in the face.
Okay, so, there's an arterial road not far from my house, NE 145th Street. We're trying to get HOV and transit improvements on it, but it is a jurisdictional nightmare.
Here's what I mean:
It's also a state highway, designation SR 523. The state DOT state have authority because of that.
But also, Seattle city limits go up to the middle of the road, so the eastbound lanes and the southern sidewalk are City of Seattle, and City of Seattle has exclusive jurisdiction over the southern sidewalk, except that the state has a right of way covering that same sidewalk.
Meanwhile, Shoreline, which is by far most affected by this road? Their city limits start at the northern edge of the north sidewalk, and cover none of the road or that sidewalk. But! Any additional widening - necessary for HOV and/or improved transit - will be into their city limits.
You may notice that leaves the westbound lanes floating between the two cities. Yes, that in fact means that the strip in between is unincorporated King County. As is the sidewalk. Which is King County's responsibility. As you can tell, seeing as it's never, ever repaired.
This is a special kind of how-did-we-get-here-and-how-do-we-get-
But right now, wow. That's just... impressive.
Seriously, I've gone to this thing since forever, more or less. I'm not originally from the U. District? (I don't even know where I was born?) But I'm from the U. District. And Streetfair was always just a hop over the hill to the Ave and then STREETFAIR! which means summer is here, in a way Opening Day never did for me, even though I go to that too sometimes, and there's way too many foods and booths and vendors and clothes and street performances and and and...
...and I'll be in Oregon doing shows with Leannan Sidhe.
Which is awesome. Don't get me wrong. If I had to make that decision intentionally I probably would. Probably.
But... streetfair. snif.
I sure could use some help counting to four!
And if you're in the Seattle area, the surplus one's up for sale.
Hopefully this one isn't as bad, damage-wise. But the sound of it... yeah. It's very familiar, somehow. I was trapped on the eastside for a day, it was just that goofy.
Anyway, answer like right away, I don't like things piling up.
Scarecrow Video has been a Seattle institution for many years. It started as a video rental store – and still is one – but it was owned by the kind of crazed film fanatics who run a business primarily as a way to build the biggest collection of things imaginable. The original owner was the sort of person who would fly on an hour’s notice to former Soviet republics on the rumour that he could get a SECAM videotape copy of a particular obscure Stalinist-era Belorussian film. And half the time, he’d return with it.
Despite having one of the largest film collections in the world – possibly the largest in the world – video rental doesn’t cut it anymore, so they’re going non-profit. But that’s expensive, too, so they’re launching a Kickstarter to make it happen. Go help.
I started renting from them when they were next to J&S Phonograph Needles in Roosevelt – yes that was a store for phonograph needles it didn’t make much sense then either – and remember when they moved to the U. District, on 50th and Roosevelt. They bought out what used to be the biggest Radio Shack ever, a multistory building with its own screening lounge and everything.
This is a small fraction of their collection.
It’s pretty damn cool, and it’d be a disaster to lose such a comprehensive film collection – particularly as it is actually available to the public. Even the exotic stuff can be rented and/or screened – they have multiformat players available, too. In some cases, they have one of only three to four copies of films still in existence, and you can see it. That’s the kind of collection this is.
I’ve known one of the current owners for a long time; this project is a big deal for them, too. So go help them flip that switch to non-profit. As I write this, they’ve made 60% of goal in a day, thanks in no small part to The Onion‘s AV Club. Let’s see if we can’t get them there by tomorrow, eh?
I’ve started a special-purpose Tumblr blog dedicated to an old newspaper I found being used as packing material at an estate sale. It’s called Seattle—July 20, 1971 (or “Let’s Read the Newspaper!”) and it’s photos of pages, ads, ephemera, and mostly-local-news articles from salvageable pages of that newspaper.
No deep meaning; just ephemera.
I won’t be crossposting that here, so if you want to follow it, go follow it separately, either on Tumblr or via its own RSS feed.
Also here are some excerpts. They're awesome.
But to my surprise, Snowpocalypse actually boosted our attendance quite a bit, as people had to bail on other plans thanks to travel plans being disrupted. We ended up with 16 people, counting ourselves, and we have far fewer leftovers than usual. (I figured out something with my stuffing - now that I'm using a lot more dried fruit I can cut back down on the spices, and I tried that this year, and it worked really well.) But I'll still have my Turkey Tacos. ^_^
A lot less Rock Band was played than usual, but we did squeeze in some traditional Jenga. Mostly, it was large enough that we had three or four conversational groups going at once, which I like to see, since it usually means everybody's having a good time. For the first time in I don't know how long, the music circle actually happened - we had a decently large circle going for a while, made up mostly of various members of jamming groups mostly associated with Anna. I think the lineup was me, cflute, mamishka, Anna, and
Then yesterday flashfire and spazzkat and annathepiper and I went to see the Battlestar Galactica exhibit at the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and the Harry Potter exhibit at the Pacific Science Centre. (I'm not quite sure how that presentation space works out, but let's leave that aside for now.) Anyway, the BSG exhibit is smallish but there are a few nice models and the full-scale vipers and raider are excellent. The Potter exhibit, particularly early on, triggered lots of nostalgia for prep school dorm life. Particularly the notice board in the Gryffindor common room, and having a common room called a common room, and all that. XD But if you have any interest in this series at all, go. It's huge, and stuffed full of set pieces, furniture, props, costumes, books, and really - it's just great. (And if you're doing both, do the BSG exhibit first, or you'll be disappointed just because it's so much smaller.)
I have a lot of good photos from the BSG exhibit - my quarter-second-to-full-second-handheld photo ability came in handy again - but my Flickr account is full, so NO PHOTOSTREAM FOR ME. Maybe I should pony up for the "pro" level, but I'm so not a pro photographer. XD
Show tonight! Wayward Coffeehouse, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, 8pm. No cover and it’s a coffeehouse so it’s all-ages. If you think I’m joking about the rage-driven acoustic (yes, acoustic) elfmetal – I’m not. Come see.
Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil.