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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Someone Hates The SLUT

posted by on December 13 at 12:57 PM

The King County Sheriff’s Office is trying to find out who put ball bearings into the new South Lake Union streetcar tracks on Wednesday afternoon, causing a brief train delay.

The incident is being investigated as reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said Thursday.

One of the bearings, shown to The Seattle Times by a transit supervisor Wednesday night, was a bit larger than a golf ball and weighed more than 1 pound.

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Probably one of the steroid users.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 13, 2007 1:03 PM

it was totally a bicyclist.

Posted by critical masshole | December 13, 2007 1:04 PM

OK, so we've established that the SLUT is really slow, affected by traffic, can't follow a schedule, kills cyclists, and can be stopped by one prankster with a bag of marbles.

Why did we need this again?

Posted by tsm | December 13, 2007 1:05 PM

My first thought is that it's probably an angry bike activist who thinks the tracks make the area unsafe for cyclists. Ball bearings are a key component of most bicycle wheel assemblies. Anyone who's had a bad wheel, or had to take a wheel all the way apart, knows that. Seems to me there might have been some pro-bikes symbolism intended here.

Posted by Eli Sanders | December 13, 2007 1:07 PM

Waaaaah. It's just a little train.
Get on with your life.

Posted by superyeadon | December 13, 2007 1:07 PM

What a bunch of pricks.

Yet again, Bicyclists prove that we don't need to listen to them. When they don't get their way, the revert to their true selves. They would rather destroy public property and endager the welfare of others, then deal with having to ride their little toys 1 block over on 9th.

What a bunch of whiney little POS.

Fuck them, I think I'm going to weld a cattle catcher on my car and mow as many down as possible. OR better yet, have a coffee can full of jelly bellies and throw handfulls at them as I pass them by. Hilarity results!!!

Posted by ecce homo | December 13, 2007 1:10 PM

sounds like an angry cyclist, someone framing cyclists, or a crazy ex boeing employee


Posted by kinkos | December 13, 2007 1:11 PM

I haven't heard of many bikes that use bearings that are the size of golf balls and that weigh more than a pound.

Posted by cyclist | December 13, 2007 1:16 PM

ah intertubes, where we can go from idle speculation to established fact in the time it takes to go from critical masshole to ecce homo

Posted by gnossos | December 13, 2007 1:16 PM

Sounds like an angry Boeing surplus enthusiast.

Posted by Greg | December 13, 2007 1:17 PM

Fuck you Eli Sanders.

How many construction zones do these tracks go through? Perhaps it was gravity.

And again: Fuck You Eli Sanders.

Posted by DOUG. | December 13, 2007 1:18 PM

Sounds like something I would do.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 13, 2007 1:21 PM

Well, it could be worse. You could live in Denver, where a train on the main light rail line derailed yesterday after hitting an (also derailed) coal train. Let's see - 20 cars with 140 tons of coal each . . . wonder how long it will take to clean that up?

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | December 13, 2007 1:24 PM

Wow, DOUG @ 11. I'm really sorry that you're forced against your will to keep reading Slog. It must be really frustrating to not be able to navigate somewhere else in your browser, to have to come back to the Slog over and over again every day, running up our click counts in the process, and always having your rage stoked and your blood pressure spiked by some guy named Eli Sanders.

But hey, at least your angry attacks on me accomplish something... Which is what, exactly?

DOUG, honey, When you comment, we win. Want to hurt me? Want to hurt Slog? Don't come back.

Posted by Eli Sanders | December 13, 2007 1:31 PM

Golf-ball-sized ball bearings?! What the hell kind of bike have you been riding, Eli? No wonder you don't enjoy it...

Posted by Wish I Had Come Up With the Name Critical Masshole | December 13, 2007 1:32 PM

that is a waste of good ball bearings

Posted by Bellevue Ave | December 13, 2007 1:32 PM

DOUG pressed some major Eli buttons.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 13, 2007 1:36 PM

@14 -- Whoa there, sweetheart! Kind of thin-skinned, Eli. Look at the comments Dan gets when he's posting lost dog announcements fercrissakes...

Posted by Wish I Had Come Up With the Name Critical Masshole | December 13, 2007 1:36 PM

as a cyclist I dont hate the SLUT, just want motorists and cyclist alike to be able to share the road for that route

Posted by incontinentia buttocks | December 13, 2007 1:37 PM

Everyone should back off of Eli. He might be so distraught that he will collectively punish us by posting about his boyfriend Chris Crocker.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | December 13, 2007 1:41 PM

Yes. What is up with our commenters lately? So many of you seem so... unhappy. Are these drinks going to make it all better? I really hope so.

Posted by critical masshole | December 13, 2007 1:43 PM

Hey DOUG, lighten the fuck up. We all ride bikes, you being a dick to a normally pro-biking writer isn't helping anyone.

Oh yeah, Frank says get to work or he's gonna run your ass over with his $90,000 Porsche!

Posted by Attention K-Mart Shoppers | December 13, 2007 1:44 PM

depends on who is paying for the drinks.

Ill take 2

Posted by incontinentia buttocks | December 13, 2007 1:46 PM

Curse you, Mr. Tin!

And oh, yeah:


Posted by NapoleonXIV | December 13, 2007 1:46 PM

Bush is the most pro-Slut president we have ever had. America needs to stand strong with the Slut now. The Stranger has gone against conventional Seattle wisdom and been pro-Slut. Bush is the best American president the Slut has ever known, and many in the Seattle Jewish community appreciate what Bush has done for the Slut.

Posted by Josh | December 13, 2007 1:48 PM

josh- what?, what? and what?

Posted by incontinentia buttocks | December 13, 2007 1:50 PM

oh man! good idea! i hate cars, i'll go put a log out on the road.

Posted by Cale | December 13, 2007 1:51 PM

for this steel ball to weigh a pound it would need to be almost 2" in diameter -bigger than a golf ball. that's one big ball bearing.

Posted by do the math | December 13, 2007 1:56 PM

Them suckers don't grow on trees. There can't be a lot of places that sell those. I wonder if they can track 'em that way.

Posted by Fnarf | December 13, 2007 2:00 PM

Come on guys, it's all ball bearings these days!

Posted by Oblig Fletch | December 13, 2007 2:02 PM

Most cyclists I know really like good public transit, we just want the city to think about how we are going to be forced to interact with it and make good descisions in the design phase.

The protest bicycle ride last night was an example of peacefully spreading the message that the city ignored cyclists in the design of these tracks. I dare say most of us are not anti-streetcar. I like the streetcars that Portland has, I just wanted Seattle's streetcar to be implemented in a way that doesn't cause cyclists to shatter elbows, have their jaws wired shut, and suffer other severe injuries.

If the streetcar wasn't packed with riders, I would have gotten on and given it a try. I smiled and waved at the streetcar. It would have been better if the tracks were in the center of the road and not on the right hand side where drivers expect cyclists to be. At this point, we aren't going to rip up the tracks and we don't want to see anyone hurt, not even streetcar riders.

A potential derailment is NOT COOL, that could hurt lots of people. If you are pissed off, protest the right way, send a message in a way that doesn't risk hurting people.

Posted by Michael Snyder | December 13, 2007 2:09 PM

I bet it was Nick Licata, he seemed pretty hyped up on a King 5 last night. He rides a bike, right? Or perhaps it was Ron Sims, he rides a bike and was against roads & transit.

Damn government cyclists.

Posted by Anon | December 13, 2007 2:13 PM

DOUG, honey, When you comment, we win. Want to hurt me? Want to hurt Slog? Don't come back. @22

This is is balls out basic wisdom. Kudos to ELI!

Personnally, I like to build up the enemy. I mean fuck, I've lived under an American government for my entire life, I've been brainwashed and conditioned to believing that's how to deal with the enemy.

I just hope some Blue Scholars show up tonight at happy hour. One of the most inspiring moments of life for me is to be in the presence of some grad or post-grad rapping. I mean, I came in through the bathroom window living with that Muslim chick for 3 years while she muscled her way thru to PHD in Logic. Too bad my 25 yr old immaturity at relationships had us fighting and pulling one another's hair at home, and showing up in Public looking miserably. Eh, mistakes make us stronger so "THEY" say.

hey Eli, Chris Crocker made the top 100 videos of the Year on yahoo!! You are so on the pulse of reporting!! More Important Crying to Look Forward Too!!

Posted by June Bee | December 13, 2007 2:16 PM

Hm, who do we know locally with "balls of steel" who may have been in the vicinity of the SLUT yesterday?

I'd be checking some packages at City Hall for some missing gear, if you get my drift.

Posted by COMTE | December 13, 2007 2:19 PM

I swear, if I had the money, I would buy the Slog package on Strangercrombie just to give it to June Bee. She's the only one who makes any sense around here.

Posted by Gurldoggie | December 13, 2007 2:26 PM

@35: Get help.

Posted by Greg | December 13, 2007 2:44 PM

I just wanted Seattle's streetcar to be implemented in a way that doesn't cause cyclists to shatter elbows, have their jaws wired shut, and suffer other severe injuries.

I'm just thinking out loud here, but...perhaps cyclists can ride somewhere else?

If, however, it turns out that the SLUT has indeed gone vigilante against cyclists, then I want the world to know that I support a public transit death penalty. I am anti SLUT-violence.

Posted by A Non Imus | December 13, 2007 2:44 PM

Oh no! Someone put their balls on the SLUT! Oh, the scandal!

Posted by JBlue | December 13, 2007 2:52 PM

okay, you're all PHUCKING IDIOTS!

the cyclists were not protesting the SLUT, dummies, they were trying to bring some goddamn awareness to other bikers that; there is a track here that can make you crash, cars are going to have to share MORE road cause bikes lost the side of the street theyre supposed to ride on, and why the phuck didnt Sound Transit listen/follow the design of other trolleys across the country (Portland) or world (Europe) and build something that bike friendly (like this town proclaims to be).

Seems pretty damn simple to me, duh!

But no, you phucking GENIUSES just jump right to the bikers, who, by the way, advertised their intention weeks prior. Yeah...thats like a suicide bomber wearing a t-shirt saying "I have A bomb".

Maybe some of the vaginaminds here would do that, but I doubt it was a contingent of cop watched cyclists.

Oh yeah...there were like, a schitton of Seattles finest down there "escorting" the bikers AFTER they found the bearings. Ys think if THEY thought it was them they'd just let em go rolling around willy-nilly? Not in this shock happy society.

My guess is that it was somebody wanting you all to THINK it was the bikers, cause theres no love lost in this town for them.


Posted by discustipated | December 13, 2007 2:55 PM

No way it was a cyclist. You can only buy ball bearings like this at Stoneway Hardware, and as we all know, the city has refused put a bike lane on Stone Way.

Posted by nbc | December 13, 2007 2:59 PM

Um, I don't really like the term "vaginaminds". That's a sucky thing to say regardless of the fact that I'm not on any "side" of this "argument" and am simply observing. Have a nice day!

Posted by JBlue | December 13, 2007 3:04 PM

vaginaminds? so they are warm and feelgood?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | December 13, 2007 3:17 PM

it probably fell off that big purple hunk of slutty shit.

why wouldn't it? everything else in this goddamn city is falling apart.

Posted by the king | December 13, 2007 3:17 PM


I'm thinking that the rolling stock is probably already coming apart...

Posted by NapoleonXIV | December 13, 2007 3:23 PM

i just got back from daniels broiler, i ate a steak as big as my head, and just as many mashed po tate toes. mmmmmm

im going to go get drunk and ride my bicycle around now.

drinks at the whiskey bar at 630? see you there eccehomomassholes

Posted by derrickito | December 13, 2007 4:12 PM

I apologize for twice typing "Fuck You Eli Sanders". Once was enough. I'm going to ride home now, across the SLUT tracks. If I don't make it, tell my wife I love her.

Posted by DOUG. | December 13, 2007 4:26 PM

i'm laughing out loud, eli...yes, a humongous ball bearing in the tracks so it must be a cyclist, because (and showing your amazing knowledge of bikes here) bikes have ball bearings. it's symbolic...i get it!

eli, you're a regular sherlock holmes.

Posted by bearings | December 13, 2007 4:31 PM

Actually, from the description, it sounds more like a cannon-ball. Are there, by any chance, French frigates anchored off of South Lake Union?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | December 13, 2007 4:34 PM

Motherfuckin' French are everywhere...

Posted by Freedom Fries | December 13, 2007 4:46 PM

Someone balled the SLUT?

Man - you go out of town on business for a couple of days and look what happens....

Posted by Lookitsme | December 14, 2007 12:57 AM

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