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posted by on December 28 at 17:20 PM

We’ve got all sorts of fancy graphs and charts here at the office that show what a great year it’s been for Slog: Increasing page views, unique visits—all that year-over-year quarterly report stuff. So, thank you for hanging out here in 2006.

However, I pressed for a stat today so I could post a thank you note to the sloggiest of Slog like: Mr. X, Violet_Dagrinder, COMTE, GiantLadySquirrels, Gomez, FNARF, Jensen Interceptor, Matt from Denver, FNARF, Mike in MO, GOLOB, Sean, Some Jerk, SoupyTwist, SDA in SEA, Napolean XIV, Elswinger, FNARF—and all of yous all who have posted comments this year.

I know I left a lot of other regulars, occasional commenters, ECB “fans,” mayoral staff commenting under fake names—Howdy, StrangerDanger!—and Seattle Weekly trolls off that quick list, but thank all you guys too.

Thank you for the 83,049 comments you posted in 2006. I know 83,000 of those were malicious slights against me and my colleagues— and the other 49 were spam, but thanks for playing. We’re having fun on our end too.

Here’s to figuring it all out and coming to some sort of understanding in 2007.

Oh, and now is the time to come clean: If all the alter egos would please identify themselves please.

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Hey, Josh, if we're going to come to some kind of agreement, first you're going to have to start spelling my name "Fnarf", not "FNARF".

Happy new year to all at the Stranger, my favorite newspaper and website.

Posted by Fnarf | December 28, 2006 5:35 PM

Josh, you also have to not post Fnarf's name twice. He's been featured in the main page of Slog often enough. ;)

But I want to echo Fnarf's New Year's greetings and state that I think Slog is a great blog. Hey, I got to meet ECB in person thanks to Slog. Don't think I'll meet Andrew Sullivan that way...

Posted by Matt from Denver | December 28, 2006 5:48 PM

i am dying to know who FNARF is. he is one of my favorite commenters here on the slog. i think i have an internet crush on him.

thanks, stranger, for all the interesting arguments, illuminating ideas, and ridiculously petty fights in this forum.

it has been fun to watch slog grow. this forum has been a tremendous source of information and news at times, and i really appreciate it.

i wish brad would stop posting pictures of squirrels, though. disgusting.

happy new year to all.

Posted by kerri harrop | December 28, 2006 6:01 PM

any chance you could write a query that will give an average posts per day for the top ten commenters? that'd be a pretty sweet report.

Posted by Charles | December 28, 2006 6:04 PM

Oh goddess no, then we'd be overrun with postwhores . . . it's fine as it is.

Posted by Sachi | December 28, 2006 6:30 PM

2006 marked my return to SLOG as my company internet blocker thingy suddenly un-blocked it, yippeeee. So glad to be back. Thank God for SLOG and for fickel, irrational internet blocking thechnology, or whatever.
Shouts to Fnarf, Gomez, Napoleon, Comte, Catalina Vanderlay (or whatever), Mike in MO and all my other favorite SLOGsters.

Posted by longball | December 28, 2006 6:40 PM

My real name is Steve Thornton, I'm a native (born in Doctor's Hospital, now Swedish), but lived elsewhere (Dallas, San Jose, Oakland, Boston, New York) for much of my life, heterosexual and married, middle-aged (48) and fat but still remembering what it was like to be a snotty punk, and a very fast typist.

Posted by Fnarf | December 28, 2006 6:50 PM

Nice to finally meet you, Fnarf. So, what's the story behind your handle?

Posted by Sean | December 28, 2006 7:05 PM

Well now, Fnarf, it's really interesting that you've outed yourself. It's all so clear now that I know who you are ... because I know who you are.

We've known each other for a long time, at least as far back as your Boston days and mine in Pittsburgh and Portsmouth. What was it, 1990 or so? And you picked me up at SeaTac the night I moved here in early 2001.

You're still missed by the likes of Gerry M and David N back at our old baseball (and lesser sports) email list. At least I think so ... just because I own the list doesn't mean I actually read it any more.

Posted by N in Seattle | December 28, 2006 7:27 PM

Thanks, Josh. For all the grief I give you, this really is one of the better blogs out there, period, let alone one of the best in Seattle.

Throw a 'Steven' in front of my tag and you've got my name. I do keep a blog but I'm not nearly the hardass in my blog on a day to day basis as I am in these parts :P

Posted by Gomez | December 28, 2006 7:31 PM

I take it from this post and the beta test of the new website that you're going to some kind of registration for users. Any idea what that's going to look like?

Posted by flamingbanjo | December 28, 2006 7:36 PM

We're not adding user registration to the website anytime soon. There's a long list of projects ahead of that one.

Posted by Amy Kate | December 28, 2006 7:41 PM

I'm the ex-drummer of Queensryche

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | December 28, 2006 7:53 PM

I discovered the slog in 2006 after years of reading in print. Thanks for providing me something interesting to do at work. I've learned so much. You and are my new secret lovers.

Happy New Year!

Posted by monkey | December 28, 2006 8:07 PM

The Slog is awesome. For me, it's not a proper day in the life without at least one visit, always including a quick look at the comments, and (almost) always enjoying Fnarf and a few others. Fnarf, you are a natural. Hey Slogmasters! Why can't Fnarf and other stars have Slog privileges? As I have discussed with some of you Sloggers before, the Slog improves the quality of The Stranger print product, by fostering a greater sense of community and personality among Stranger editorialists.
It would be interesting to compare the number of visitors to Slog, versus the number of those who visit the comments. Any stats on that sort of thing?
Best Slog item of the year (that I can remember) was the recent Savage item on the downfall of that second guy at Haggard's church. But there were tons of others. Some of the less frequent contributors (who has time?) had the highest quality-to-quantity ratios: Frizzelle, Hecht, Clement, Constant, to name a couple and unfairly omit others.
And I refuse to reveal my secret identity.

Posted by fixo | December 28, 2006 8:12 PM

Oh, I think giving me Slog privileges is the worst idea I've ever heard. "A man's got to know his limitations", says Dirty Harry, and truer words were never spoken.

But yes, I remember you well, Neal, and yes, 1990 sounds about right. Could have been 1989 even. Back when we internet pioneers had hair on our chests and climbed sheer rock walls both to and from work. I should check in on statlg-l and see what's going. Just like the old days, the Mariners suck, just more expensively.

My other secret internet pasttime is running the indiepop list (, which has been boring people out of their skulls for more than a decade.

The name: Rob Morgan, aka Les Miserables of Fishsticks, Pudz, and Mighty Squirrels fame, so anointed me one dark and stormy night back in 1978 at the Madhouse (formerly just up from 45th on Brooklyn) after a nonsense phrase his cartoon characters were wont to utter when perplexed or just wrong.

Now you know everything about me except the important secret stuff, like what in the hell is wrong with my wife that makes her stay with me.

Posted by Fnarf | December 28, 2006 8:34 PM

The Baron abides.

Posted by The Baron | December 28, 2006 9:00 PM

I read Slog pretty much every day, and I'm not even in the US... so Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the way down here in Sydney, Australia!

I used to be Monkey, until some other Monkey showed up (I'm looking at you, 14), and made away with my moniker. I chose Monkey because some of friends call me that (fondly, I am led to believe), being a slightly off-beat derivation of Michael.

Posted by Tahn | December 28, 2006 9:03 PM

Knowing you have real identities and are ballsy enough to admit them here lends a lot of credit to your arguments. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jeff | December 28, 2006 10:03 PM

Long live the slog!

However, I'm still quite curious who won the concert tickets on election night and if we can see the winning photo of the winner in their underwear? Please? I've been curious about this for well over a month now.

Posted by catnextdoor | December 28, 2006 10:25 PM

Stranger your allways cool with my alter egos whetther I was on a bender or not. SPHYNX, Damien, Sputnik, thank you for a place that I could express myself, my moods(Yeah i know, take my meds Lol) and Learning from you guys and the 83,000 posts that show the variety of thought out their. Heres to one upping the compitition again next year.

Posted by Pall | December 28, 2006 11:12 PM

damn wireless...I meant There not their. I know i know......

Posted by sputnik | December 28, 2006 11:14 PM

Jeez, to be included in this list either means I'm one of the cool kids, or I'm a dork who spends way too much time on my computer. So I'm not sure if I should take it as a compliment or not.

I agree with Fnarf. Giving me Slogging privileges would be dangerous, both to Slog and to me. I obviously spend too much time hanging out here already.

Oh, and I'm not giving up my real name. I like hiding behind my anonymity.

Posted by SDA in SEA | December 28, 2006 11:28 PM

There is no "alter" to my ego. I'm a real person, or at least as real as ones birth certificate, Social Security Card & drivers license can make one.

Flaming Banjo, John Galt, Erostratus, Brendan Kiley & Sean Nelson, Emeritus can back me up on that.

Posted by COMTE | December 28, 2006 11:35 PM

Oh, and I totally do not want SLOG privileges either. Like the others, I waste enough time at work as it is.

Posted by COMTE | December 28, 2006 11:37 PM

fnarf, thank you for revealing yourself. i knew you were cool and your brief bio proves it.

my real name is kerri harrop. i was born at swedish hospital. i grew up in bothell and, other than a period of time in london, have lived in seattle for my adult life.

i hate squirrels (the animal) but liked the mighty squirrels (the band). and, although i am too young for the madhouse (39), i am old enough to have spent a good amount of time in similar party places in the u. district.

there's a good chance you bought beer for me and my fellow underage girlfriends back in the day, from the go & joy on the ave. thanks.

Posted by kerri harrop | December 29, 2006 12:02 AM

on the subject of hospitals, was anyone other than me born at Seattle General Hospital? Does anyone else even know where it was?

Posted by fixo | December 29, 2006 12:35 AM

I won't out myself any farther than Fnarf/Steve already did, though anyone with a scrap of web-snooping ability would find it trivially easy to identify me.

But I did want to mention that I know the real people behind both "Will" and "Will in Seattle", and that neither of them is a sockpuppet ... they're (very) different people.

Posted by N in Seattle | December 29, 2006 12:36 AM

Fixo asks:

on the subject of hospitals, was anyone other than me born at Seattle General Hospital? Does anyone else even know where it was?

I had no clue until I googled it. According to this document, Seattle General Hospital was located at 5th & Marion between 1900 and 1971. In April 1971, after a merger, Seattle General took over the building at University & Summit formerly occupied by something called Maynard Hospital. Another merger, this time with Swedish Hospital Medical Center, was completed in May 1978. After construction of new facilities on the Swedish campus, the SGH building was closed in June 1980.

Posted by N in Seattle | December 29, 2006 1:03 AM

My name is Josh Feit Right Now.

Posted by SEAN NELSON, EMERITUS | December 29, 2006 2:27 AM

My name is Gabriel Murray. From Sequim, WA originally and now living in Edinburgh, Scotland via Dublin. I'm married and am finishing my PhD here, and we'll be living back in the Vancouver/Seattle area in a year or so hopefully. Just flew back from there yesterday, actually, and missing it already.

Posted by Gabriel | December 29, 2006 5:06 AM

I have to admit, I get a kick outta getting mentioned in The Slog.

favorite slog post o the year: Where are you now? (not sure of the date posted) Realizing how far a wide the slog reaches and that I'm not the only non-seattle-ite reading everyday was cool.

Happy 2007 everyone.

ps can we stop sucking Fnarf's dick now?

Posted by Mike in MO | December 29, 2006 6:11 AM

I'm just who I say I am. Sachi Wilson, a "Swedish Baby," Washington State Bar no. 8619, CA bar 237874, daughter of T.A. Wilson, the former chair of Boeing. I'm severely hard of hearing and use a cochlear implant. I ride two wheels everywhere (both powered and unpowered) and am a member of the Iron Butt Association, WetLeather, the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts, and Women in the Wind. I am married to another woman.

Life is interesting, and that's why I read the Slog. ;-)

Posted by Sachi | December 29, 2006 6:57 AM

Well... if anyone cares my name is Matt Keleher, born and raised in Denver (hence my handle). I moved to Seattle in 1997 with my wife (then girlfriend), worked in various capacities for a Seattle-based bank who just built a new tower downtown, and moved back to Denver in 2005 after we had a baby. She was born at Swedish and just turned two. I'm 36.

I loved reading The Stranger while I lived there. I'll never forget the first issue I picked up, just about a week or two after moving in: it was 1997's Queer issue and the cover art was of two Disneyesque bunnies (think Thumper), one of which was licking the other's face. Denver's Westword has never and would never do a cover like that, so I knew I had found something different.

I miss Seattle and the Stranger, but not the "Seattle Way" of handling major public projects, so when I read the current status of the Alaskan Way viaduct, 520 bridge, or the poor Monorail I'm glad not to be part of that. I'm also glad I missed out on all the rain and flooding you've gotten, along with the bus tunnel closure and the Fremont Bridge rebuild (I lived very close to it, on the Queen Anne side). But we're coming for a visit in March - hopefully the cherry and plum trees will be in full bloom.

Anyway, Happy New Year! Love, Matt

Posted by Matt from Denver | December 29, 2006 7:51 AM

yes yes yall my name is laverne is is born in 1972 in the great citie of st louis 3-1-4 everybody on the floor and I just wante to say that accept for charls modedede alls of you folks is whiter then the snow up my nose. bang bang

Posted by nachomamma | December 29, 2006 8:26 AM

yes yes yall my name is laverne is is born in 1972 in the great citie of st louis 3-1-4 everybody on the floor and I just wante to say that accept for charls modedede alls of you folks is whiter then the snow up my nose. bang bang

Posted by nachomamma | December 29, 2006 8:27 AM

Awww, thanks for the shout-out. You're not getting my true identity, though... it's dangerous to have one's name out there on the internets, you know.

Posted by giantladysquirrels | December 29, 2006 8:32 AM

My full name is Jonathan Golob. Born in Detroit and I grew up in a variety of suburbs around the city. I spent a stint in Baltimore city (undergrad and training as an EMT-B with Baltimore City FD) before moving here.

Right now I work at UW in SLU as a scientist. If anyone would like to see beating human heart cells made from embryonic stem cells, I can probably make that happen. ;p

Coming clean, it's probably a good idea to let everyone know just how big of a dork I am.

Despite making a fool of myself occasionally, it's been a pleasure to both read and respond to all of your posts.

A happy and healthy new year to you all.

Posted by golob | December 29, 2006 8:37 AM

Dorks are cool! Neat stuff.

Posted by Sachi | December 29, 2006 8:41 AM

My name's Mark Mitchell
I was raised in a lion's den.
My nightly occupation
Is stealing other people's men.

Posted by Mark Mitchell | December 29, 2006 8:58 AM

My real name is Xanthippe Virago and I'm a line worker in a plant that makes reflective traffic lane markers.

But otherwise I'm completely transparent.

Posted by David Summerlin | December 29, 2006 9:06 AM

Reveal my secret identitiy? Nah, but I can share a few autobiographical details. I moved to Seattle in 1992 from my college in upstate NY (recently visited by Dan). I arrived young and broke, a ragamuffin seeking fun and fortune on the west coast. A few days after I arrived, I discovered my future wife, The Stranger, and KCMU, and have been a dedicated fan of all three ever since.

Posted by Sean | December 29, 2006 9:08 AM

Since this seems to be the most appropriate entry for it, and may be the last appropriate entry for it this year...

I just wanted to say that Slog was certainly one of the best blogs of the year, period.

I certainly come off as a prick in all these threads, but if I didn't care about giving feedback, I wouldn't read it nor post here. I don't intend to troll, and don't care to change up my posting name all the time -- which I do find annoying. I never intend to hurt anyone, but I don't intend -- in the immortal words of Son Of Bazerk Featuring Self Control And The Band -- to "Change The Style". Posting as the fuzzy puppet thorn on the side is just my thing. I do this out of love and nothing more. Strange, I know.

The Stranger is a unique paper in the country. Hell, the world. If I ever seem bitchy, it's only my attempt -- effective or not -- to give feedback to the folks who post here, and nothing more. I think it's great that the Stranger writers open themselves up for battery like this on a daily basis. Very few papers do this. This is one of the main reasons I think Slog is great -- and now think greater of the Stranger people for it.

For all the non-Seattle folks: just keep in mind that The Stranger rightly points out many shortcomings about the city. But I hope this isn't your only impression of the city. I don't think The Stranger is trying to convey that Seattle is the worst, most fumbling city in the world, even if this seems to be their Modus Operandi -- and I stress "seems".

I'm guessing if any of you had a chance to have a beer with the Stranger staff, if you haven't already, you'd be sharing beer with fun people. The long hours in the office, and the little time outside the office spent comparing everything outside it to Seattle must be exhausting. So yet another toast to the Stranger for being willing to endure that demoralizing mindset, because no one else in the city will sacrifice their brain on a daily basis for that.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | December 29, 2006 9:08 AM

My name is Larry Davenport. I'll be 43 at the end of January. I was born in San Bernadino, grew up in and around Lacey, and graduated from Evergreen in 1990. I moved to Seattle in 1990 after a summer in Europe, tried my hand at being a filmmaker, and now work as a secretary at the UW. I have a love/hate relationship with Seattle, but can't think of any place I'd rather live (outside of fictional towns as seen on TV). I look white but my mom was half Cherokee half Coctaw, and I consider myself a lipstick lesbian trapped inside the body of a middle-aged, fat, balding man.

And yes, I know I tend to ramble.

Posted by elswinger | December 29, 2006 9:20 AM

In exchange for all the slobber here, I would like to affirm that my fellow Slog commenters are the loveliest basket of peaches ever. I would mention my favorites except for fear that I'll leave the best ones out. And the Stranger Sloggers are a mighty crew, even the ones I argue with a lot, like Erica, Josh, Eli, Dan, and Charles; Jen, Christopher, Brendan, Annie, Cienna, Bethany Jean, and the spectacular Amy Kate Horn (thanks for backing me up on "fuck stick") are less often in need of correction but still enjoyable to read. And of course A. Birch Steen is my personal role model.

You are all the best. Happy goddamn New Year.

Posted by Fnarf | December 29, 2006 9:30 AM

Is StrangerDanger going to the Port of Seattle?

Posted by Bell Towner | December 29, 2006 9:32 AM

i'm alithea and im just a sassy desk jockey.

Posted by alithea | December 29, 2006 9:46 AM

while I share my name with a man of historical import, i am in no way related to nearly all wesleys. my great grand father emigrated to the US and worked as a lumberjack in michigan's UP. apparently he found life easier after changing he last name from wesolowski to wesley. anyway, during the first 18 years of my life i lived in MI, NY, VA, WI, and IN before coming to seattle to go to school. this "fan" has officially (as of this fall) lived in seattle longer than this "fan" has lived in any one place before. strange, because i guess this is my home now. i studied english and philosophy but have been programming web sites/applications in .net for the past several years. life puzzles me.

anyway, i think matthew fisher wilder put it best. nobody would hang around here if they didn't care, even if sometimes you want to pull your hair out. so in that vein, we're obviously having fun on our end as well and i look forward to another year of ad hominem slights, poorly argued points all around, and the occasional nsfw image or video.

Posted by charles | December 29, 2006 9:46 AM

Shit. I guess it's time to go out and get me a life.

Posted by Violet_DaGrinder | December 29, 2006 10:16 AM

Ok, not that anybody asked, but. . .

My name is Mel!ssa, I too was born at Swedish, my handle is a reference to the Prince song "Violet The Organ Grinder", and being a student seems to leave me with a lot of time to hang out on the internet.

As far as I'm concerned, the Stranger is Seattle's only newspaper, and the Slog is a great companion to it. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Violet_DaGrinder | December 29, 2006 10:20 AM

The slog is hands down my favorite site. I, like Monkey, discovered the slog this year after 12 years of reading the print edition of the paper.The humor and wit in the comments alone get me through the hard days at the office.

My handle is my first name and I have lived in Seattle much of my life, with a few years living abroad that I loved. I live in the city, and could never live in the suburbs (I'm looking at you Bellevue). After reading about my fellow commentaters, I wonder if I am the youngest in this thread, as I am 25. Anyone?

Posted by Monique | December 29, 2006 10:20 AM

i'm 25

Posted by charles | December 29, 2006 10:25 AM


Posted by Violet_DaGrinder | December 29, 2006 10:30 AM

OK, as long as everyone seems to be doing this . . .

My name is Levi. I play music and I also work at the UW, which allows me ample time to type things to people I've never met.

Posted by Levislade | December 29, 2006 10:33 AM

My name is Matt. I am 32. Although I wasn't born at Swedish, I am 1/4 Swedish.

Posted by him | December 29, 2006 10:38 AM

It occurs to me my non-answer answer @ 24 was woefully inadequate. Of course, a handful of people here know me, that's to be expected. But, as for the rest of you well, that doesn't tell you much that you didn't already know before (duh!).

So, from my official bio (which you will next be able to read in meat-space at Theater Schmeater, starting January 23rd:


"Chris is a Pacific Northwest native (born in Tillamook, OR), and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Central Washington University, and a Master of Arts in Theatre from Western Washington University. Since moving to Seattle in 1985, he has performed and/or directed at companies across the region, including The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, The Bathhouse Theatre, Pioneer Square Theatre, ArtsWest, Annex Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Theater Schmeater, Spokane Interplayers, Wooden O Productions, and Theatre Babylon among many others. Currently, he is the Membership Director for the Seattle local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and is also Chair of the Seattle Liaison Committee for Actors’ Equity Association. In addition, he is Site Coordinator for the Kevin Hadley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for Performing Artists, Company Communications Coordinator for Annex Theatre, reviews local theatre productions for the national website, and is a member of Theatre Communications Group and a founding member of Theatre Puget Sound."

Posted by COMTE | December 29, 2006 10:46 AM

I'm surprised there isn't a large teen presence in the comment section. It doesn't matter to me either way, but since I see teens read the printed Stranger all the time in town, I would have figured...

Not that I should talk since I'm -7 years old.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | December 29, 2006 10:52 AM

I don't really post all that often, but if anyone cares, I'm 29 and live in Spokane.

The real reason I'm writing, however, is to resolve a curiosity:

SDA in SEA, does that refer to Seventh Day Adventist or just some sort of initials?

Sorry, I used to work with a bunch of Adventists and had to ask...

Posted by gillsans | December 29, 2006 11:03 AM

This is becoming my favorite SLOG post ever! So many mysteries revealed and lots 'o love all around. I am just a bumpkin from the sticks (Pullman) and have lived in Seattle/Tacoma for almost 10 years now. Grew up with the lead singer and base player for The Lights and always wondered if they read this - PJ? Craig? you out there? Anyways, Longball is a nickname from college related to foosball, NOT a reference to an anatomical anomoly or home run hitting prowess - unfortunately.

Posted by longball | December 29, 2006 11:11 AM

Jesus H. Christ on a bicycle...does anyone ever leave this podunk town?

Just a thought: In some parts of the world, it would be considered the height of provincialism to announce (with pride) that you still live three blocks from the hospital where you were born.

Posted by A Nony Mouse | December 29, 2006 11:32 AM

Ok, since everyone else is sharing; and through a combination of narcissism & boredom, I will share also...

Full name: Mike Morales. Born in El Paso, TX, raised in The Lou from the age of 8 on.

I'm the only liberal in a family of Conservative Catholic (how much fun is that?). They think I'm nuts.

Now I'm 33, married and work for a gigantic global corporation that drains the life out of my soul but pays the bills.

I discovered the Slog by being a fan of Savage Love. I still love Dan, and am glad to have discovered all the other great writers. Hopefully one day I'll visit Seattle and maybe run into some of you maniacs and have a beer with you...

Viva el Slog!

Posted by Mike in MO | December 29, 2006 11:44 AM

I'll buy that beer, Mike.

Posted by golob | December 29, 2006 11:48 AM

Thanks for asking. But I have always been myself. btw, I hate squirrels

Posted by Lawrence Molloy | December 29, 2006 12:13 PM

My real name is Katherine Smith and I'm a Washington State lifer. I was born in Spokane, grew up in Okanogan, went to Evergreen, moved to Seattle and now I work for a start-up that is NOT failing.

I'm married to middle school math & science teacher who is a Seattle native, we live in West Seattle, ride the bus everywhere, and I think the best thing that Seattle has to offer is The Stranger's politcal & social viewpoint.

My favorite product of the Slog comments is Fnarf's tourism slogan "Fuckin'A, It's Washington State!"

Thanks for a great year on Slog!

Posted by Soupytwist | December 29, 2006 12:17 PM

Nony Mouse:

If you get out into the real provinces, esp. in western Europe (IME at least), you'll find plenty of folks who, while they may have jaunted the globe just as much as any champaigne-guzzling, yoni-exposing celeb, still prefer to reside in the small towns and villages where they grew up.

In this day-and-age, where one lives has far less bearing on ones larger Weltanschauung than does ones ability to be open to new experiences, and to new and differing points-of-view.

Provincialism is an attitude, not a state-of-being.

Posted by COMTE | December 29, 2006 12:20 PM

If I were in a self-revelatory mood, I'd tell you that I'm a 56-year-old divorced male, born in Philadelphia, who had never lived anywhere except the Eastern Time Zone until moving here in 2001. I'd mention that I'm a 43rd LD Democratic PCO and activist. I'd crow about my college classmate who ousted an incumbent Republican Congressman in this year's election. And I'd talk about my various leadership roles in a major sports research organization.

But I'm not in any such mood, so instead I'll just wish my fellow Slog participants and commenters a very happy New Year.

Posted by N in Seattle | December 29, 2006 12:24 PM

No way I'm revealing my alter egos! Sometimes I like to post as an asshole, and sometimes I drunk-post something and I'm righteous and incorrect.

Happy new year, Stranger!

Posted by sniggles | December 29, 2006 12:28 PM

Disrobe in front of Strangers? No thank you!! I really haven't done anything like that since outdoor concerts in Nanaimo.....Which causes one to ask, where can one find a proper bowl of poutine in this Berg?


Posted by Jensen Interceptor | December 29, 2006 12:59 PM

Jensen, unless you think of Seattle as a mountain (which, come to think of it, isn't all that inapt), methinks you want to ask for poutine in this bUrg.

Not that I have a clue where you'd find the stuff. Probably not in Vancouver either ... gotta go a couple-thousand miles east for the real thing.

Posted by N in Seattle | December 29, 2006 1:26 PM


I wish I had been born in the midwest or something so I could feel better about planting my ass here, but alas, the more I travel, the more I realize that I was born where I belong.

Posted by Violet_DaGrinder | December 29, 2006 2:14 PM

70: no you don't ;)

Posted by charles | December 29, 2006 2:24 PM

clarification, i was referring to: "I wish I had been born in the midwest"

Posted by charles | December 29, 2006 2:25 PM

I might as well jump on the bandwagon not that it would be hard to figure out who I am.

My name is Micheál Keane. I grew up in Shoreline before it was a city. It's only the past few years that I've actually lived in Seattle city limits itself.

I work in Democratic politics and just got back from Rhode Island where I helped get Sheldon Whitehouse elected. (Go me!)

We should have some kind of Slog get-together. Drinks at some place next weekend?

Posted by Aexia | December 29, 2006 3:09 PM

Yay, Xia! I wondered if you would "out" yourself.

Glad to hear you're back in town.

Posted by Soupytwist | December 29, 2006 3:21 PM

OK, I'll come out!


Paul Schell

Boy do I feel better now.

Posted by StrangerDanger | December 29, 2006 3:43 PM

my real name is adam beaugh. i live in jacksonville, fl and work at the state attorney's office as a paralegal. i'm going to law school this fall. hopefully to seattle university!

Posted by konstantConsumer | December 29, 2006 3:50 PM

Aexia @ 73 -

Drinks = I'm in.

The Stranger should host and we can make it a fundraiser for the campaign to ban leaf blowers, or to save the squirles! I can just imgine everyone wearng name stickers with their alias.

Posted by longball | December 29, 2006 3:54 PM

My "real" name is Dan Langdon. I'm a 41yo, happily partnered homo on Beacon Hill. You would no doubt not remember me as Mr. Gay Seattle 1999 (Never agree to participate in pageants when you are drunk) or as an aging twink wearing little more than a pair of bunny ears and trying to sell you an easter egg (long story).

If nothing else, I probably checked your coat at the Cuff at one point - even if you've never been there.

I'm always available at, which should tell you what an egotisical jerk I am.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | December 29, 2006 3:56 PM

Hi my name is Squirrell.
And I'm an Alcholic...

Posted by SQUIRELL | December 29, 2006 3:58 PM

I'm Joh.

I've got the starship enterprise tattooed on my butt.

Posted by Joh | December 29, 2006 4:13 PM

I use slog to make penis jokes and stay out of any kind of argument.

If you care, I'm Chris. I'm married and live in Port Angeles. I have two cats. I'm a government lawyer, which is why I have time to surf the slog all day, everyday. "I'm bureaucrat born, bureaucrat bred, and when I'm gone I'll be bureaucrat dead."

Posted by The_Pope_Of_Chili_Town | December 29, 2006 4:16 PM

Monique, I have you beat - I'm 23. Grew up chaotically in New England (did someone mention Portsmouth? The one in NH?), was recruited by a certain local giant Internet everything store after college. Then realized that as a wealthy young professional living in a nice place, my life was totally on the wrong track, and spent this summer living on savings and coming into my own. I'm about to leave for better climes and old friends, but I love this city and may well return someday. And I'm totally up for a slog commenter mixer, as long as it happens right quick! Somewhere on Capitol Hill, that serves more than just alcohol, and sometime next week or next weekend - would be my preference.

Posted by Noink | December 29, 2006 4:33 PM

Heya. I don't post too often, but I'm John Duffell, 22 years old, born and raised in Seattle (I lived in Edinburgh last year for school, but other than that I've been here).

I'm down for drinks!

Posted by duffell | December 29, 2006 4:35 PM

Also, I am so the youngest person here.

Posted by duffell | December 29, 2006 4:37 PM

Fuckin' A! It's drinks with the sloggers! I'd be up for some of that. Cap Hill's not my first choice, though. How about Frelard? Or Wallymont? Or up on Phinney Ridge? Tangletown?

Posted by Fnarf | December 29, 2006 4:37 PM

I'm from Edmonds (Woodway HS, class of 82), het-married, have kids, play guitar in a band called ThorNton Creek. No tattoos. Never been anywhere. Real name: Don.

Posted by pox | December 29, 2006 4:49 PM

What about next Thursday evening, at Cha Cha's, Kinkoras or the Bus Stop?

Posted by golob | December 29, 2006 4:50 PM

GOLOB - i find that a trip to one of those usually results in visiting all 3, plus Lindas.

All you you 22 and 23 year olds make me feel like a creeky old codger!

Posted by longball | December 29, 2006 4:55 PM

I'm 21 in Toronto, Canada. I found the Slog after searching for the Savage Love archives, and accidentally discovering I could read it a day earlier, since my alt weekly is published on Thursday! That was a pretty good day.

Gloria is my real name so ... my Chinese name is Chei Yin, as in my Chinese parents named me that, not someone who made one up for herself.

Posted by Gloria | December 29, 2006 4:55 PM

Golob, revise the day - it's the night Schmader is screening Showgirls for charity.

Posted by longball | December 29, 2006 4:57 PM

Oops. Good point.

Wedneday would be more slog-enriched, but Friday could be fun.

Posted by golob | December 29, 2006 5:03 PM

Well, crap. I have too many briefs to do to be able to fly up from Sandy Eggo to join you all for drinkies. :-(

Posted by Sachi Wilson | December 29, 2006 5:20 PM

I'm from a big Roman Catholic family, East Coaster, sort of mirror-image of Seattle -- I love the ocean. I'm a friend to the animals, as well as resourceful in the kitchen. I've spent some years in in between coasts in Ohio and Spain, and am bi...lingual. I've lived here since New Years Eve 1992.

I'm not the smartest kid my mom had, but not the dumbest either.

My parents till death did they part. So, we all used to eat dinner together at the table every night. One of the things I love about Slog is that it reminds me of the tornado of rambunctious conversation we had over 'suppa', and either you spoke or didn't, one-upped or fumble-mouthed, forked into camps on a topic or built some understanding and consensus.

My handle is what I wish my name really was. Jesus, that would be awesome.

It's a pleasure to speak coherently or not-so-much with you bunch of friggin dickwipes. I wish Seattleites would have more flow, courtesy and knew how to hurry the fuck up a little more, and I especially wish you a confident-in-yourself, be-yourself 2007.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | December 29, 2006 5:24 PM

My alias is Grant Cogswell. There was another Grant Cogswell, who was a lover of Seattle, a poet and idealist and a political activist, but he died of heartbreak. This one is just a bitter (but fun) alcoholic and mystic who sends angry posts from sunny, tropical places like this one (Los Angeles, high of 71 today) and writes movies and causes communities all over North America to lock up their nubile sons and daughters.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | December 29, 2006 5:46 PM

Damn, next weekend is NOT good for moi - unless ya'-all wants to hang out at CHAC Lower Level, cause that's where I'll be spending all my time - not in the bar, in CHAC for 14/48.

Posted by COMTE | December 29, 2006 5:57 PM

I love 14/48!

Posted by golob | December 29, 2006 6:10 PM

if we do this going out for drinks thing i'm going to be the guy with a paper bag on his head. this will necessitate that i drink hard-a based beverages, maybe through a bendy-straw. i don't know that you all are ready for where that might lead.

Posted by alter-ego | December 29, 2006 6:15 PM

SDA in SEA, does that refer to Seventh Day Adventist or just some sort of initials? - Gillsans

Ugh! Just the thought of that makes me want to scrub my eyeballs with a brillow pad. NO! SDA does not stand for Seventh Day Adventist. It's my initials, backwards. And SEA is just shorthand for Seattle. See, I'm really very boring and unoriginal. I think Fnarf sounds way cooler, and Catalina Vel-Duray is much more clever (and much more gay).

So now that you've got me sharing... I'm 45. Homo. Partnered (but not married, of course) for a long time. I was born in another country, but my family immigrated to the US when I was a kid, and I grew up mostly in the midwest (I can state with authority that Fargo looks just like it did in the movie). I moved to Seattle about 20 years ago. My parents tried to raise me as an Episcopalian, but it didn't take; I'm quietly but firmly atheist. I did a couple of tours in the Navy. I'm now self employed, which obviously gives me way too much time to slog.

Posted by SDA in SEA | December 29, 2006 6:16 PM

Lloyd Clydesdale, the fact that your name is not Lloyd Clydesdale has broken my tiny rock-hard heart.

Posted by Fnarf | December 29, 2006 7:21 PM

Hey Noink (comment #82), I'm the one who mentioned Portsmouth. Lived there 1996-2001 ... it's the last place I lived before coming here. If you remember the condos at the traffic light between I-95 and the Sheraton, that's where I lived. I often referred to it as being within stumbling distance of downtown.

Posted by N in Seattle | December 29, 2006 7:46 PM

Ok, I gotta know the story behind catalina vel-duray.

(wishing I had come up with something more clever than Mike in MO)

Posted by Mike in MO | December 29, 2006 8:20 PM

FNARF Wrote:
"Lloyd Clydesdale, the fact that your name is not Lloyd Clydesdale has broken my tiny rock-hard heart."

Fnarf, your heart may still be small and less than brittle, however be reminded that by his choice, Lloyd Clydesdale is, and will continue to be, Lloyd Clydesdale absent any other identifier...such as "dickwipe"....which apparently, is reserved for the rest of us.

And fer Chrissakes, Fnarf, if you are going to suggest a place to drink, do suggest one which makes a proper
Margarita....not the slushy-
Las Vegas-in-a-cup crap that is oh-so-pedestrian in these parts.

Thank you.


Posted by Jensen Interceptor | December 29, 2006 8:30 PM

Jensen -- Merely a term of endearment. I like The Interceptor: I get space pod, air defense jet, and big basketball player ripping down the big rebound pictures from it.

Me, I'm just another dickwipe who needs a proper haircut.

Fnarf, I'll have you know that had I smaller feet and no ass, I'd likely be Jamaal Djbouti instead. Chin up, and may a glass of sparkling rose be your cardiac balm.

I'd party on behalf of team Slog if I could take on the role of going shot for shot with Kimberly or Shoshana. If I can hit my head off the corner of the TV getting into bed after being on the losing end of shots, I know what it would take to succeed, Sloggers.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | December 30, 2006 8:37 AM

LLOYD Wrote: "Jensen -- Merely a term of endearment. I like The Interceptor: I get space pod, air defense jet, and big basketball player ripping down the big rebound pictures from it.""

Actually Lloyd. my parents got exceptionally hammered one evening after or before I was was long enough ago that smoking and an occasional drinky or two was acceptable during a pregnancy...and they thought it would be rather amusing to name me after a model of an automobile. Frankly, I would have much rather prefered "Jensen
DeSoto", "Jensen Ford" or even "Jensen Ferarri", however no such luck.....

I will admit it has been an interesting ride.


Posted by Jensen Interceptor | December 30, 2006 9:33 AM

"Ok, I gotta know the story behind catalina vel-duray."

I honestly don't remember when I thought that name up. I know I was a really little kid (how could my parent's not have known?) and it probably had something to do with Catalina salad dressing, which I despise.

Those of you with ties to Bailey-Coy books (you know who you are) might remember that my friend Marianne named a cat after Catalina (the cat has since gone to her final reward). Catalina is also nominally the matriarch of a drag family that has has no drag queens. (We just wanted to fit in).

Depending on who (whom?) is doing the talking, Catalina can be one of several people, but on the slog, it is always - to my knowledge - me.

Go figure.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | December 30, 2006 10:47 AM

I'd take that sparkling rose over a margarita any day. I had a lovely one on Christmas Day from New Mexico of all places. Gruet, check it out. At most drinking establishments I stick to well scotch and soda or something, as I'm too tight to pay bar prices for the good stuff, bars don't have potable wine, and I don't much like beer anymore. I like good wine but I don't like wine bars. It's a problem, really. I like to drink in people's homes!

Posted by Fnarf | December 30, 2006 11:01 AM

catalina vel-duray reminds me of the french existentialist from "i heart huckabees."

Posted by konstantConsumer | December 30, 2006 4:37 PM

New Mexico has awesome wine, but it's nearly impossible to get unless you go there. Well, some of the vineyards probably ship but I don't know for sure. I spent my honeymoon in Santa Fe and we went to some vineyards that were about an hour west. One had a wine made from catcus pear. Oooooooo that was good stuff.

Posted by Matt from Denver | December 30, 2006 6:54 PM

I've outed myself more times than I care to count, so why not again?

I'm Lisa Herbold, 39, proud mama of a 20 yr old daughter, grandmother to a 2 1/2 year old granddaughter, happily cohabitating with the person who best matches me in my sometimes over-bearing intensity (who is prolific poster who has opted NOT to reveal himself). I have worked for Councilmember Nick Licata since the spring of 1997, first on his campaign and now on his staff.

I moved to Seattle in 1992 from Syracuse, NY. I had hippie parents who moved us around the country (PA, CA, eastern WA, and upstate NY) and forced me to live in unconventional ways that I loved when wee, grew to hate in adolescence and with maturity have grown to appreciate.

Before working for the city, I worked for 10 years for various non-profits, mostly organizing around issues of housing and equal access to public services for low-income people.

Drinks sound great. Count me in, I'm thirsty.

Posted by LH | December 30, 2006 11:25 PM

If drinks ever actually happen, I'll be totally jealous. Stuck here in the middle of the f-ing bible belt...

Posted by Mike in MO | December 31, 2006 8:32 AM

I don't feel much need to out myself because I've used the litlnemo alias (and before that, Little Nemo) online since 1992, with no particular attempt at disconnecting it from my real name. So anyone who wants to know who I am can easily find out. (And I link to my blog here anyway.) litlnemo has essentially become part of my real name, as far as I'm concerned.

Biographical details: Seattle-native, graduated from Nathan Hale HS and The Evergreen State College, former writer for the Rocket and Backlash among other publications, live on Beacon Hill with spouse and two cats, working on MA that I may actually finish someday, lifelong Democrat, still mourning for the monorail.

Posted by litlnemo | December 31, 2006 2:57 PM

#108, Matt from Denver: I completely understand about the NM wine. I spent my college years sucking down bottles of Plum Loco, which is cheap, delicious and famous throughout the state. The Southern NM Wine Festival is an amazing place to down a mimosa or three, and I had a raspberry kir there last year that remains permanently tattooed on my taste buds, it was that good.

As for me: I moved to Seattle in July for no particular reason other than I hadn't lived in the PacNW before. Reading The Stranger (and the Slog) was a pastime I picked up in my last job, much to the annoyance of my old boss, who I bribed with cigarettes to get her to go away. I'm younger than I'd like to admit and grew up under the thumb of the Air Force, who I have to thank for shuffling me around and threatening to send my old man to Qatar. Great times, really.

Also, Rebecca is my real name.

Posted by Rebecca | December 31, 2006 8:48 PM

My name is not really Treacle Corrosion of course.. I was born Molasses Rot in a small state hospital in New (shudder) Jersey, but thankfully never lived there. Say Yah to dah U.P., eh? Ok, well, the Lower P technically, but I have friends in the U.P. Emigrated here in 2000, and that's all. Like anyone really cares that much.

More to the point:

I propose Saturday 6 January, 7:30pm, in the back room of the Cha Cha. I'll wear a "Hello, My Name is Treacle" sticker on my cardigan.

Two more "see you there!" votes, and we can plan on it.
For you exacting folks who require expensive wine or some fancy alcohol or other, I suggest that you bring a flask. We can always move somewhere else.

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