At Large If I Had Wi-Fi (And Wasn’t On Vacation)
posted by December 14 at 10:57 AMon
I’m still on vacation in Barcelona, and unfortunately, very few places have wifi, so I haven’t been able to Slog compulsively or keep up with the news the way I’d like to. (Did you know they still don’t have iPhones in Spain? It’s literally the only thing I’ve been able to do to impress the Spanish. Butchering their language just hasn’t made them love me the way I thought it would). Anyway! A few things, briefly, from afar:
1. Right fucking on, Gov. Gregoire. (And, OK, Mayor Nickels, too—although his main viaduct web page still says the city is “committed to replacing the ailing Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall.”) But do you think you might give your former gubernatorial opponent Ron Sims a little credit for pushing for a surface/transit alternative for replacing the viaduct? Sims was speaking up in support of surface/transit nearly a year before Gregoire got on the bandwagon—and everyone, including Mayor Greg Nickels and Gregoire, treated him like he was crazy. Props or none, I’m glad to see the city, state and county are finally moving toward a solution that’s environmentally sustainable—and that we can actually pay for.
2. Jonah noted in an email a few days ago that the family of Bryce Lewis, the 19-year-old cyclist who was struck by a dump truck and killed in September, along with Caleb Hall, a cyclist who survived the accident, are suing the driver and his company, Nelson & Sons Construction Co. According to their attorney, as quoted in the P-I, “The primary duty is on the vehicle turning right to make sure there aren’t people in the bike lane or in the crosswalk.” The truck turned right into the cyclists’ path, striking both of them. I haven’t seen anything on Slog about it; my apologies if I overlooked a post.
3. To Jonathan’s taxonomy of Slog commenters, I would like to add:
Has nothing relevant to contribute. Attempts to make author feel bad specifically because she is a woman, usually by commenting on her appearance and/or speculating about her sex life.
Dumbass, I can’t wait to see you when you are 40, still single and hanging around other lonely women at a stitch and bitch complaining about how there aren’t “Any good men out there”
Posted by ecce homo | December 11, 2007 12:52 PM.
Cautions:Best deleted or ignored entirely. May overlap with Compulsivaris Insightfulian Crankus.
3. This is the art in my new hotel room (less blurry in real life). They knew I was coming!:
That is all.