Hey Eli, before someone puts some shitty comment in here, I just wanted to say thanks for the radio show and your insights. I know several of my friends and I enjoy catching you when we can.
One topic that you may want to discuss today (or not LOL) is the SLUT's planned expansion to U-District, Cap Hill, etc. The mayor seems set on this and I wonder what the pros and cons of that are. If you've covered this already, never mind :-)
Also, would love to know more about how design for condo buildings etc can be improved here -- so many buildings look like shit (see my extreeeeemely long post in Dominic's thread from yesterday).
At any rate -- have fun on the show today and see you on the pitch.
Great headline in the NYT this morning: "The Politics of Chaos." Talking specifically about Pakistan, but it pretty aptly describes the entire mideast, and most of Africa as well. I think that's gonna be a hot-button issue, as well as, of course, the election and the economy.
Josh, your "Disappointment of the Year: Supermajority Democrats" should be what makes you famous. Harp on these speaking points whenever you get a chance. The Dems in Olympia need to be held accountable and it's clear that special interests have a bigger influence on policy than people. To me, this sets the groundwork for publicly funded campaigns in the future.
I want to know if they expect people to walk across the parking garage at Sea-Tac when the light rail gets there ... with all our luggage ...
ditto on the props. the fridays that the stranger sits on the KUOW panel are always better and more interesting.
on topics? transit, transit, transit
You should stick to issues that you know something about.
Whoops, I thought Josh was going on. "Disappointment of the Year: Supermajority Democrats" should still get some air time.
And, I'd like to join in with @5 - transit transit transit.
And maybe how the news media spend way too much time talking about car fires and not enuf time on the crime spree in Carnation due to people without transit.
Economy: is local housing market starting to tank? Effect on municipal finances if so. Thankee!
Talk about our loss of "America's Most Literate City" to Minne-fuckin'-apolis. What a bunch of bullshit.
If discussing Pakistan and Bhutto's death, SLUT problems and SLUT expansion, transit woes, Peter Steinbrueck's last City Council meeting, close elections in Kenya, the testy leadership race for the African National Congress, the Carnation murders, economic woes, the mortgage crisis, and the first anniversary of a Democratic Congress gets too depressing and heavy, you could always point out that Paris Hilton lost a majority of her inheritance from her grandfather. Sure, she'll still be outrageously wealthy, but I found that spark of justice just a wee bit satisfying.
What's so tragic about losing our status as America's Most Literate City to Minneapolis? I didn't even know such a title existed, that Seattle had held it, and that it means anything. If a metropolis of Minnesotans can open a book more often than us, then props to them!
I've got Bhutto overload. Pakistan is the very last thing I want to hear about right now.
Talk about the SLUT, but connect it to the Green Line/transit in general
Minnesota is full of retards and fascists. It should be called the USSR. Bunch'a commies. Especially Minneapolis. Hell, I came from Minneapolis. Case closed.
All we need to know for next year:
How low will the City/County bend over for Paul Allen in 2008?
Talk about Mr Poe's anal cysts that are leaking puss.
Losing to Minneapolis is important.
1. yes, Transit.
a. Looking backwards: Failure of multibillion dollar roads programs. Twice!
b. Looking forward:
Is Olympia going to let the Puget Sound area transit related entities decide when to go to the ballot, what to put on, and how to tax ourselves in this area, or keep statewide reigns on these issues and keep messing us up?
2. Is the Stranger insensitive to animals, for pushing Tiger t shirts at this sad time?
Or should we add "Tatiana" and a little tiger tear, on all the t shirts??
It is! It's crazy important! I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS RIGHT NOW!! Think of how Frizzelle feels. Dude reads so much he brought a fucking book to Pony. And tried to read it. In Pony.
This is WAR!11!
But @19, that has nothing to do with Paris Hilton or mass murdering cows ...
Nobody talks about Paris anymore because she isn't dragging her pussy around anymore. She found Jesus in jail.
What's so wrong with bringing a book to read in a bar? My friends in Minneapolis say they bring books to pubs all the time...
It's acceptable - barely acceptable - for a man to read a book in a straight bar. A newspaper is better, of course, or a local rag like the Stranger. In a gay bar, however, no reading material of any kind is allowed.
By the way, is there something special about Pony that makes it hard to read books there?
@24 (and others posting re Frizzelle's bookreading) --
This topic is a surprise to me, because a few weeks ago, as I was walking to Pony with a friend, said friend informed me that the night before, he had been there and seen Mr. Frizzelle reading a book. According to my friend, Frizzy was executing said act with no small degree of self-aware pretentiousness.
I asked my friend how he felt about that and he replied, "I wanted to walk up to him and kick the book out of his hands."
Lots of anger -- and anti-intellectualism -- there, IMHO, but it still would have been funny as shit to watch that go down.
To answer your question directly, though, it was (god, that past tense breaks my heart) very dark, and most people there are drunk, on drugs and/or looking to get laid, so the sight of someone reading there is discordant, at the very least, and could cause many observers to adjudge the perp as a pretentious twat.
@24: People do not go to Pony to read. They go to Pony to drink, ingest questionable substances, play Ms. Pac-Man, feel sleazy, and possibly get laid. None of these activities leaves much room for reading.
If it's so unacceptable for straight men in Seattle to read in pubs, and for gay men to read at all, perhaps that's why Seattle's falled to 2nd place! In regards to that, however, I spent my first two years of graduate school studying and grading papers in straight pubs (obviously straight ones, since there are no gay pubs), so I'm wondering why I wasn't thrown out on my rear for such a violation. :-)
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