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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Freaky Friday

posted by on June 7 at 23:00 PM

Tomorrow is Freaky Friday on Slog. We’re turning our blog over to nine of our most prolific commentors (commentators?) for the day. Below, the Freaky Friday crew introduce themselves. Some of us are terrified that these folks will do a better job of Slogging than we do. If it works out all right, we’ll likely do it againóso don’t fret too much if you weren’t among the chosen few this time. The fun starts tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

ELSWINGER I’m 43, have lived in Seattle for 17 years, grew up in several towns in Thurston County and graduated from Evergreen in 1990 (btw, I’m a slacker, not a hippie). At Evergreen I was a film major, which has prepared me for my career as a secretary at the UW. I collect music (about 5,000 albums) and watch a lot of TV and DVDs. I have no clue as to what I’ll Slog about but I read about 5 real news, and 5 entertainment news pages before work. I’m an agnostic lefty but I don’t beat people over the head with my beliefs, or lack of them.
CAROLLANI Carollani has lived and worked in the Seattle area since the fall of 1999, when she emigrated from a small eastern Washington town to attend The Art Institute of Seattle. She’s been an avid blogger since 2000 and has maintained a small and loyal readership despite her mediocre accounts of daily activities and trite musings. She also is a contributor to The Snogóa blog about freshwater snails (a thrilling read)óand answers boring and/or bizarre questions from time to time at Queries for Carollanióa total failed ripoff of Savage Love. It should be noted that she is completely incapable of writing a bio for herself that isn’t entirely self-deprecating despite her monstrous ego and penchant for pretension.
FNARF Fnarf (Steve Thornton) was born in Seattle a thousand years ago, but has lived in Oregon, California, Massachusetts and New York, which gives him the perspective needed to impose his incessant, idiotic ranting on all manner of urban and economic issues. A fat, foulmouthed drunk, he is also an expert on indiepop (he has run the premier indiepop mailing list,, for over a decade), fashion (he particularly enjoys loafers and ascot ties), English League soccer, English literature, liquor, religion (he is an atheist), gay culture (he is straight), and attacking the personal opinions and choices of others. He has been arguing for the sake of arguing on various portions of the internet since 1987. He works as a computer network boffin in Seattle, and lives near (not in) the zoo with his wife, who wishes to be left out of this, and a bunch of fish.
WILL IN SEATTLE When not commenting on Slog, Will has been known to be overinvolved in the film, arts, environmental, transit, and political communities, or finding cures for diseases that afflict millions of people. And he actually lives in Fremont, not Seattle, with a Diplomatic Passport from the Republic of Fremont.
GITAI Gitai Ben-Ammi was born in Roswell, New Mexico and has had to deal with stupid alien jokes ever since. Upon graduating from high school, he fled to Seattle, went to UW, and decided that living in a place where a penchant for using fifty-cent words, comparing peoples’ romantic situations to Abelard and Heloise, and babbling in Hebrew while drunk are considered charming quirks of personality was a good place to call home. He is currently squandering his liberal arts degree by whoring himself out as an insurance agent.
MIKE IN MO I’m 33, of Mexican descent. I have a BA in Spanish from the U of Missouri St. Louis. I work for a big huge evil corporation, but I try not to think about it too much. My family is pretty conservative, but I’m the black-sheep liberal. I’ve been Slogging since about a year ago when I discovered while I was searching for Dan Savage’s pieces. You can tell him that; I know how he loves having his ego stroked….
KERRI HARROP I was born at Swedish hospital and spent most of my years growing up in the suburban misery of Bothell. I found out about punk rock in the summer of 1981 and it totally changed my life. Iíve traveled a fair amount and spent part of my young adult years living in London, but my heart belongs to Seattle.

Iíve had a variety of fun and interesting jobs at places such as Sub Pop Records, Seattle Weekly, Chop Suey, and Miller High Life. Iíve been a barista, a bartender, a booking agent, a band wrangler, a sales director, a marketing manager, and a freelance writer, among many other things. I like to switch things up.

I started DJing in the early í90s and have since played records under the name DJ Cherry Canoe at spots such as the Showbox, the Gorge, the Rainier Club, and virtually every rock club and bar of note in Seattle. I still only play vinyl.

I like smart and funny people with good manners. I miss the rough and tumble feel of old Seattle but donít want to be a curmudgeon about it. I love sushi from Mashiko, Margaritas on the War Room deck, and the catfish sandwich from Mattís in the Market. You probably could not pay me enough to live on Capitol Hill again. I sometimes Google myself, just to find out what the hell Iíve been up to.

GOMEZ A worker drone and student who doubles as a pedantic asshole who doesn’t cite his sources, Gomez is the commenter who everyone* wishes would shut up. Forever.

* Well, everyone who doesn’t get it, anyway.

MEINERT Dave Meinert is a graduate of Seattle Christian High School.

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Go Carollani! Woooooooooooooo! Ow ow ow!

Posted by ljg | June 7, 2007 2:51 PM

There goes the neighborhood.

Posted by Carollani | June 7, 2007 2:52 PM

This should be interesting. I will be glued to the Slog even more than usual tomorrow.

Posted by Levislade | June 7, 2007 2:52 PM

So are they able to slog from their home computers (with special access) or do they have to come in?

If they have to come in, it would be gracious for Dan and the staff to provide them with a catered lunch.

Posted by raindrop | June 7, 2007 2:59 PM

No Mark Mitchell?

Posted by dj girth | June 7, 2007 3:08 PM

Kerri Harrop: I lost my virginity Bothell.

True story!

Posted by christopher frizzelle | June 7, 2007 3:08 PM

IN Bothell? TO Bothell?

Posted by Fnarf | June 7, 2007 3:14 PM


I can't wait to see The Stranger staff post mean-spirited comments all day long. In the spirit of the original Freaky Friday (starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis), this must happen or else you won't learn a very important lesson at the end.

Posted by jamier | June 7, 2007 3:16 PM

Is Meinert podcasting from Seattle Center?

Posted by The eye sees all | June 7, 2007 3:18 PM

My mind cannot fathom the possibilities of tomorrow.

And yes, I'm thinking of various topics to write on. I'll be sure to be selective.

Posted by Gomez | June 7, 2007 3:19 PM

this has the makings of a total disaster.

christopher: me too! and, he's gay now. it wasn't you, was it????

jamier: the original freaky friday starred a budding jodie foster and the awesome barbara harris. it kicks ass.

Posted by kerri harrop | June 7, 2007 3:20 PM

hehe nice guys can't wait to read up tomorrow and yea I demand comments from the normal sloggers racking the new ones over the coals!

Posted by CodyBolt | June 7, 2007 3:20 PM

Yes, I already have a spot marked out for the new asshole I'm going to get ripped. Mind the kidneys, Erica C., they're a little tender.

As for how we're doing it -- many of you probably are unaware that the Slog is composed entirely in cuneiform on clay tablets, the inscribing of which is performed by a special caste of eunuch slaves. So we are sadly unable to avail ourselves of any way of communicating text over long distances, should any methods such exist.

Gitai, I wouldn't want to annoy you with another Roswell joke, so instead I'll ask if you're related to the household scouring powder? Bon-Ami?

Jesus, you people are going to regret this, aren't you?

Posted by Fnarf | June 7, 2007 3:21 PM

Thanks for the day off tomorrow, Slog!

Posted by Amy Jo | June 7, 2007 3:23 PM

this guy thoroughly insists he lives in fremont, but calls himself "will in seattle." besides possibly being mentally handicapped, he never has anything interesting to say. i can't believe you're going to allow him to waste space tomorrow. boo-urns.

Posted by will in fremont? | June 7, 2007 3:30 PM

No gays Slogging? What a relief!

Posted by Nick | June 7, 2007 3:31 PM

Any of the Sloggers posting on the sly while at work? God knows that's when I'm usually perusing....

Posted by Rachelina | June 7, 2007 3:33 PM

Tomorrow will be loads of fun!

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 7, 2007 3:35 PM

shine on you crazy fnarf, i've got my eye on you!

Posted by josh bomb | June 7, 2007 3:37 PM

I'm just excited I was able to TOTALLY change Gomez's mind on the SONICS and can't wait to see how he waxes poetic on their sweet skillz and how we can all chip in to save them.

Posted by local mf | June 7, 2007 3:39 PM


Posted by PA Native | June 7, 2007 3:40 PM

Geeze, there goes the neighborhood...

No mention of baseball, Fnarf?

Posted by N in Seattle | June 7, 2007 3:41 PM

I'll try to come up with something super gay for you, Nick. "Secret Cache of Gay Porn Discovered at".

Posted by Fnarf | June 7, 2007 3:44 PM

I'm scared. Hold me.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 7, 2007 3:46 PM

Oh crap. The kids have the car keys.

I think I'll need four or five
margaritas by lunchtime tomorrow.

--- Jensen

Posted by Jensen Interceptor | June 7, 2007 3:48 PM

Damn, tomorrow will be excellent. =)

Posted by Original Monique | June 7, 2007 3:52 PM

i get it--or at least, i agree with gomez far more often than not--but i still find myself frequently wishing he would shut up. regardless of political orientation, there is a difference between cutting and clever (see, e.g., christopher hitchens) and bullying and petty (see, e.g., bill o'reilly).

Posted by boo gomez | June 7, 2007 3:59 PM


When do you agree with Bill O'Reilly?

Posted by keshmeshi | June 7, 2007 4:04 PM

@15 - the very fact you had to get an alias in response to mine says something, doesn't it ...

And don't worry, @16, I'll make sure to mention at least one LGBT film to see.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 7, 2007 4:10 PM

Screw it. Why wait until tomorrow?
I'll have the 4-5 margaritas tonight.

--- Jensen

Posted by Jensen Interceptor | June 7, 2007 4:25 PM

Yay Fnarf! Show 'em whatchyer made of, babycakes

Posted by Boomer in NYC | June 7, 2007 4:37 PM

I'll try to write something thoughtful and poignant tomorrow, or something inscrutable like my man Charles, but I was just told my department at the UW is having graduation tomorrow, and I am stuck acting as receptionist. I'm sure something egregious will come out of DC, or something stupid from Hollywood after Fnarf posts the morning news. I'll try not to lose any sleep over it.

Posted by elswinger | June 7, 2007 4:41 PM

Sleep, what's that?

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 7, 2007 4:55 PM

There will be baseball, N. Don't worry.

Posted by Fnarf | June 7, 2007 5:14 PM

I'm subbin' in ur slogz, bloggin' ur nooz!

Posted by Slogcat | June 7, 2007 5:43 PM

Fabulous. :-) I am seriously regretting my need to do productive work tomorrow.

Posted by Sachi | June 7, 2007 5:51 PM

Way cool! Looking forward to some righteous slogging tomorrow. I will do my best to contain my jealousy.

Posted by Sean | June 7, 2007 6:24 PM


Posted by matthew fisher wilder | June 7, 2007 6:24 PM

@16 I hate to disappoint you, but I suck miles and miles of cock. I'm sure I'll end up posting something faggoty tomorrow.

Posted by Gitai | June 7, 2007 7:35 PM

Oh my, I am excited. What a wonderful day to only have two classes, that way I can sit at home and obsessively refresh Slog while playing World of Warcraft....

Or, you know, do something productive.

Posted by Jessica | June 7, 2007 7:56 PM

Oh sure, fail to find the humor in Josh's "satire" just ONE TIME, and this is how you get treated...

Posted by COMTE | June 7, 2007 8:53 PM

I will miss Adrian and everyone tomorrow, though. They better be hardxcore with the comments or I shall be sorely disappointed.

Posted by Katelyn | June 7, 2007 9:21 PM

Does this mean the regular Sloggers are taking tomorrow off?

What happened? Did Charles find another big baggie-O'-bud on the sidewalk again?

Posted by Johnny Secoma | June 7, 2007 9:38 PM

Slogcat wins the internets!

Posted by K X One | June 8, 2007 12:41 AM

It's FRIDAY already. Get on the ball, people!!! I wanted somethin' interesting to read! :-)

Posted by Sachi | June 8, 2007 7:45 AM

Just as a general comment. It's already 9:30 on Friday morning, and 3 of the 5 posts follow EXACTLY the same format as the regular Stranger writers. There's "The Morning News," "Every Child Deserves..." and a poetry/porn posting a la Mudede. Come on people, this is your chance to shine! Show us something new!

Posted by Gurldoggie | June 8, 2007 9:20 AM

Fnarf and Steve Thornton are one and the same? What the hell is going on? My internet worlds are not supposed to collide like this. Like my food, they should not touch.

Posted by kasa | June 8, 2007 9:36 AM

Wow, I always wondered who Fnarf was, very interesting to see it's Steve-indiepop-list (I was on that list years ago).

Posted by bob | June 8, 2007 10:00 AM

This was the worst idea ever. I don't like Slog today. I want my Stranger writers back. These other fools aren't as eloquent and interesting, and what the hell is up with everything being in bold? I give up. See you Monday.

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