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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

News Tip

Posted by on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

On my voice mail just now: "Hi, Dominic, my name is Adam Miller, I am with PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Tomorrow in Seattle, two PETA activists wearing lettuce bikinis are going to be handing out free soy jerky at the 3rd Avenue electric vehicle charging station. The demonstration is in order to remind people that the best way to help the environment is to go vegan.... I just wanted to find out if this is something you'd like to cover in The Stranger."

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

As Seen at 3rd and Union

Posted by on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Hot tipper Sarah Anne Lloyd just sent me this photo:


Come to think of it, I probably deserve having Occupy Seattle telling me "fuck you" for all those times I suggested they stop directing their anger at supporters who have constructive criticism and instead focus on their true opposition.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Tell the Big Banks What You Think (and Cost Them Money, Too!)

Posted by on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I just started doing this the other day: All you do is take all those pre-paid envelopes from all those credit-card offers from Chase, Bank of America, etc., and send them back empty. Or full of junk mail (costs them more!). Or with a note about what you think about the foreclosure crisis and the taxpayer-finance bailouts and their practices in general. Or with something even heavier, to cost them more!

This man has some good ideas, and his tie looks like it's about to have an interesting interaction with his throw pillow. LET'S DO THIS!

And don't forget Bank Transfer Day on November 5th—that's a week from tomorrow!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"The Governor Will Dress as Elmo"

Posted by on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 3:36 PM

This just arrived:

Gov. Chris Gregoire and First Mike have invited young children and their parents to stop by the Executive Mansion on Halloween from 6 to 8 p.m. to trick or treat. The governor will dress as Elmo, while First Mike will dress as Super Grover, that character’s superhero alter ego.

Forgive me if I don't tickle Elmo.


What's for Breakfast?

Posted by on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Good morning! Did you know that cutest-named-ever local breakfast-chainlet Patty's Eggnest has a new nest of eggs in Northgate, where something very short-lived called the Fine Diner used to be? Slog tipper Keister Button kindly sent this review:

On October 13, my spouse and I ambled over to Patty's Eggnest at 8:20 am. Here now is our report.

The remodel in the dining area was not substantial: a fresh coat of paint, some artwork on the walls and some automatic coffee makers where the boombox used to be. Wooden chairs remain from prior restaurant incarnations.

The menu is standard American breakfast fare: lots of scrambles, pancakes, waffles, french toast. My spouse ordered the pancakes: they were large and good. I ordered the biscuits and gravy: gravy is thick, creamy, peppery with freckles of fresh parsley. Biscuits are tender and nearly completely buried by gravy. Patty's Eggnest boasts Devonshire cream as ingredient on several entrees—must try one of those entrees. Coffee is Boyd's. ...


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Friday, October 14, 2011

An Open Letter to a Yuppie Belltownian on the Occasion of Occupy Seattle

Posted by on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM

From the electronic mailbag:

Dear Yuppie Belltownian,

You know who you are—with a popped collar, and the mental capacity of a goldfish—sorry, goldfish.

When you saw me at the art walk you obviously took a look at how I was dressed, and the fact I was spending money, and thought you’d found a like-minded individual. You thought, she’ll totally be impressed by my humorous commentary on the “lazy kiddos at Westlake Plaza.” You explained to me that if the kids spent as much time submitting job applications as setting up encampments that they wouldn’t have to be there.

First, you are an idiot.

Second (and I’m sure given the affectionate way with which I started this correspondence, you will be shocked to learn this), I wholeheartedly disagree.

People are not jobless because they are lazy, or want to be living on the margins of society. In fact, try being poor. Really...

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

To Charles or Not to Charles? A Slog Poll

Posted by on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 1:01 PM

The Big One.
  • The Stranger
  • The Big One.

From the electronic mailbag (apropos of nothing in particular, apparently):

[subject line] Please add my name to the list, if you have one.

Please consider replacing Charles Mudede with a writer who is not Charles Mudede.

Thank you,


For the record, I would like to be the first to add my name to the list of people who consider Charles Mudede irreplaceable. Here is the story I always think of first when considering how much I love Charles' writing; here are the 39 feature stories he has written that exist in our online archives; and here are some installments of Police Beat from 1999. Read it and (sometimes literally) weep, people. Now, to the (as always, legally binding) Slog poll!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Reader Disappointed in Stranger Coverage

Posted by on Sun, Oct 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM

To whoever actually reads this,

I'm writing to tell you that I am disappointed with your coverage of the Occupy Seattle protests and other Occupy protests. While you have certainly covered these protests more than most or any other publications, you haven't been critical enough of the approach. The lack of a specific message from these protests makes them almost useless. Yes they show how many people would support raising taxes on the rich and regulating corporations more/differently, but this will not solve the problem. The real problem with our economy is our country's useless and expensive occupations all over the world (mainly the middle east).

I propose a movement called "Don't Occupy Anywhere" that calls for an end to unnecessary American occupations. The issue with regulating corporations here is that those corporations can easily manufacture goods in countries without our regulations, something that is quite prevalent and very harmful to those other countries. So I say we let other countries run there own shit and regulate US companies away from destroying their countries' natural resources and things will probably get a lot better here.

Just an idea,


Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Return of Smash Putt?

Posted by on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 7:11 AM


From the electronic mailbag:

Hi Stranger,

Please tell me there will be another Halloween Smash Putt at the creepy old INS bldg again this year? I haven't seen anything about it. If not, I don't think it is hyperbole to say that would be tragic. Boo.

Thank you!

Smash Putt replies!


We are presently scurrying around looking for a suitable building!

Most likely we will be hitting mid Nov with our Smash Putt goodness! We decided to move it back deeper into winter in large part due to the late summer. We see the role of Smash Putt as a much needed antidote to Seattle winter blues!

We will let you know as soon as we get a lease signed!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Stranger: Polluting the MindSpace

Posted by on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 2:05 PM

From the electronic mailbag:

A. Birch Steen, Sir...

I accompanyed my GrandDaughter to Seattle to begin her first term at the University of Washington, and I am astounded at the beauty of this place. However, when I chanced upon the current issue [the Back to School Guide] of your consumer publication I was incensed at the lame-brain, adolescent, prurient contrivances of several of your staff (journalists?)—West, Frizelle [sic], Clement [or this, perhaps?], and Kiley in particular... Do any of these scribblers have a Daughter or GrandDaughter that they (you) would sober-mindedly share this inappropriate schlock with? Get a life, Stranger! Grow up...or get off the stage——you're polluting the MindSpace...A

Birch, of course, has already weighed in.


"Are You Antisemetic or Just Stupid?"

Posted by on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Dear Stranger:

Are you antisemetic [sic] or just stupid?

WTF? Did you really schedule your School Board debate for the first night of Rosh Hashana? Yup, you did. You must figure that Jews don't care about education. OK, you can go back to sleep now. Actually, I am hurt and disappointed. Every freaking calander [sic] has the Jewish High Holidays on it. And you guys claim to be hip, multicultural and "aware?" Ha.

Michael Blum

Dear Michael,

To answer your question: both. As a descendant from a huge Jewish family killed in the Holocaust—save for my grandmother and her sister, who was rescued from a concentration camp—and a Catholic mother, I exist in a synergy of guilt. Sin, sanctimony, circumstance, and virtually any suggestion of shortcoming only serves to resonate with my hereditary sense of inadequacy. This manifests in moments of grand stupidity and self-loathing, which, per my genes, must be a form of antisemitism. It's a closed circuit of self-loathing!

In response to your astute observation—"You must figure that Jews don't care about education"—when scheduling the event at Town Hall, we did know it was the first day of Rosh Hashana. Conspiring with colleagues Elijah Sanders and David Goldstein, we saw this as an inroad for our imminent War on Hanukkah, and we were redoubled in our chutzpah by the fact that September 28 was the best day for our newspaper's schedule and for the venue.

Shana Tova!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Liquor: Bad

Posted by on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Dear Stranger:

Having lived in California where liquor is completely privatized, I know from experience that Initiative 1183 is a horrible idea. In CA there are drunk idiots everywhere and many of them are underage. Empty liquor bottles litter the streets and sirens are heard non-stop. Privatization has led to a nightmare situation there and has contributed to CA becoming the police state that it is today. I hope Washingtonians are smart enough not to go down that road too. We let the state control liquor here for a reason. I really hope we don't find out the hard way what that reason is. Vote no on 1183!

Jim Walls
Seattle (Greenwood)

Private sales of wine and beer—two products that aren't consumed by kids, don't come in bottles and cans littered on the streets, and are never associated with drunken idiocy—isn't a problem though, right?

Friday, September 16, 2011

In Condemnation of The Stranger and "City Council Car Fucks"

Posted by on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Dear Editors,

I trust The Stranger to get it right when it comes to issues in the city. In your series on bikes this week you mostly do so….mentioning the true cost of the auto infrastructure and calling for more space for people and bikes.

My problem is that you just can’t resist calling it a “war between cyclists and cars.” I realize that you have a lot of framing, clothing and tickets to sell and like any commercial rag must therefore sensationalize stories to do so. But in this case you may tip the scales towards violence with your rhetoric. Many borderline narcissists, losers with no life and a big SUV to make them feel some power, even for a moment, may tip into full blown sociopathic behavior.

Can you describe it any other way? A person willing to kill or maim an innocent person because they are delayed for a few seconds is way beyond mere narcissism, and should be treated accordingly.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Unsatisfied Dave Matthews Band Customer!

Posted by on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Discuss here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What Are Those Signs Above Skillet Diner?

Posted by on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Mr. Days signs in the Chloe Building above Skillet Diner (click to enlarge).
  • Mr. Day's signs in the Chloe Building above Skillet Diner (click to enlarge).

From the electronic mailbag:

I put large signs about The Skillet Diner in my window.


I live above them. They have been unreasonably loud ever since their launch, especially outside of their operating hours. Garbage/janitor carts rolling up and down the sidewalk, music playing loudly after
business hours with their doors and windows open, night staff yelling at 4AM or the daily 6AM deliveries on hydraulic hand carts that sound like robots fucking. They have made small concessions over time, but
they are only interested in doing the absolute bare minimum necessary to avoid lease violations.

People should know that The Skillet is just another typical American business whose concern for its surroundings are only feigned in the interest of their bottom line. As a resident in this neighborhood, I
shouldn't have to do anything this crazy to get the same common fucking courtesy that I give to everyone else as a healthy member of society. Legal or not, I don't just do whatever I want if I think it will really bother someone, because I'M NOT A FUCKING ASSHOLE. Drunk people screaming while they stumble up Union doesn't wake me up, but The Skillet does. As far as I can tell, they don't give a fuck, so fuck them.

The rest of Mr. Joel Day's email—and Skillet Diner's response—after the jump.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Let's Settle This Debate About Voting by, Uh, Voting

Posted by on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM

To Sherril Huff, With Love
  • To Sherril Huff, With Love
Right now in the The Stranger newsroom (imagine Land of the Lotus Eaters meets Blue's Clues), we're having the perennial debate/discussion/whine-a-thon over whether ballots should require a stamp or if mailing them should be free. Tomorrow is the deadline to vote in the primary election so today we're trying to find a damn stamp. It's not difficult to leave a ballot at one of the drop boxes (which don't require a stamp) and a stamp is, well, pretty cheap. But it's potentially a barrier to voting. So the debate... rages... yawn. And there's no better way to settle this by voting some more.

PS — Voting on Slog polls now costs 42 cents.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Posted by on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 8:29 AM

I have been an avid reader of The Stranger for years. I lived through your endorsement of Mayor McGinn—for which you later acknowledged your mistake—but your recommendation to vote NO on the TUNNEL is the last straw. I will no longer read your newspaper and I will suggest the same to my friends.

Ron Harding

Dear Ron,

Sorry that you're out of straws. I recommend sipping directly from the glass. I'm also sorry that our surprise endorsement to "reject" the tunnel is driving you to never read The Stranger ever again. Really, who could see that one coming? It shocked all of our readers.

Anyway, Ron, it's been nice having you around. We'll always have an extra straw—for a camel's back or a breakfast beer—if you need one.

Tunnelly yours,

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Poll: Would You Listen to a CD

Posted by on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 4:50 PM

that showed up with this accompanying it in the envelope?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Urgent Question

Posted by on Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

A reader writes today, July 9, with this question:

Are there any Easter egg hunts for adults in Seattle that you know of?


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This Week's New Column!

Posted by on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 2:26 PM


See the first reader letter sent to the rifle/columnist after the jump.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Completely Ending Homelessness

Posted by on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM

This flyer just came in the mail:


End homelessness! Maybe by the end of June! It's literally impossible, but we hear this kind of message a lot. Is this talking point useful? Like, are more folks willing to help reduce homelessness if they somehow believe they're ending it completely?

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Tacoma Hempfest

Posted by on Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 5:34 PM

It's not like that other Hempfest—where people smoke pot. From the mail bag:

Tacoma Hempfest is scheduled June 25 at Wright Park. We are significantly different from Seattle Hempfest as we are a family friendly, free speech event, that emphasizes the ubiquitous nature of cannabis throughout society. As a non-smoking event, we of course choose to deemphasize the “4:20 Toke-fest” label choosing instead last year to make a plea for a moratorium of specious prosecution. This year we will emphasize a peace on the war on drugs moment choosing to be mindful of the cost and collateral damage in the war on drugs.

There will also be a ban on punctuation.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dear Concessions Workers: Please Use A Lighter Touch with the Up-Selling

Posted by on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

A sensible plea from a concerned parent, submitted to I, Anonymous:

It is true that I could have used a nicer tone. And I understand that you want to be a good corporate, minimum-wage making schmuck. I get it. You are doing your job, and so I don’t object when you tried to supersize my daughter as she purchased a small coke and popcorn at your theater. We have prepared her for this, and she politely told you no. All is good.

But this is what I don’t get. You then try appealing to me, her parent, in your effort to persuade my daughter that more must mean better. That although the small popcorn and coke already contain more than ½ the calories that she will need for the entire day, she was being foolish for not spending the extra 25 cents to get even more of that greasy popcorn and sugar water you call food. Do you really expect that any semi-sensible parent would support you in that undertaking? That we would want to encourage our children to develop those habits that will inevitably lead them to becoming obese. At least with this, I suspect you won’t make the same mistake twice.

To all the popcorn-scooping and sugar-water dispensing jockeys out there, I am not asking you to be a superhero. I am not asking that you defy the Man or anything so banal. I’m just asking that you consider foregoing the hard sell when the customer is a child. No one will be the wiser and you will have done a small but nonetheless good deed for the day.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"Pit Bulls Killed a Member of My Extended Family"

Posted by on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 9:57 AM

So reads the subject of the email from Slog Tipper Tia, who writes, "I'm a long time reader and an infrequent Slog commenter and I never thought I'd have a personal connection to a Slog story. It's terrible. Thank you for raising awareness."

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Debacle of a Talk at SAM Last Night?

Posted by on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Oh, dear—artist talks can go south in a million different ways. SAM member Patricia Churchhill sent this pissed-off email about last night's talk with artist Nick Cave and Cynthia Rowley. She's right that some artists are better off not talking. Cave—my recent podcast here—was neither great nor terrible when I talked to him. It sounds like the uncomfortable presence of money and luxury in art and fashion came up—but not quite up enough.

I knew we were in trouble when the moderator didn’t know how to pronounce Schiaparelli. Confimation came with the inane slide show of celebrities, (exactly what did Liza Minelli have to do with it),
which was suppose to substantiate the importance of cross-pollinization between the art and fashion worlds.

Two strikes could possibly have been forgiven as small town Seattle introduces the main event: a discussion between Nick Cave and Cynthia Rowley. One hoped the two of them had some relationship, some history, something to say about each other’s work. Yeah, one could hope. These two people had virtually nothing to say to each other or to us.

The most substantive sense was that they spend their energies trying to market stuff no one needs. How about a sticker book for $34.00. How are those selling??? Or maybe Cynthia Rowley candy????

Finally, the moderator irritated everyone who had paid $10 or more a head and made an effort to get to the museum, (on a night when the galleries where the fabulous Nick Cave exhibit could not be seen — great planning), by saying that, really, we couldn’t hold up Nick and Cynthia because they had to get to the airport. As if they were doing us all a great favor by submitting to our attention.

Sometimes the artist needs to let their work speak for himself and stay out of sight. I had waited to see Nick Cave the night of the REmix party and gave up after twenty minutes in the hot crowded gallery. Maybe he was better solo, but maybe he was even more arrogant. This was an embarrassing non-event for the museum. Next time just have a reception for the donors and leave me out of it.

A member of SAM,
patricia churchill

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Breaking News: New Threat Comes to Dan Aykroyd!

Posted by on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM

This just in! Unfortunately, it looks like we're in for five more years of The Sorcery War. Thanks a lot, Obama.

[all sic] New threat comes to Dan Akroyd, from the Skulls and Crossbones sorcery gang out of Yale University: who has reported to being working with Bill Gates of MIcrosoft in these threats of cancers and heart attacks. Reports also teach that Bill Gates and members of their gang, paid Obama 100 million dollars to keep The Sorcery War going until the 2016 presidency for which Bill Gates would like to run for. Dan Akroyd, was threatened do to defending himself from this sorcery gang. This gang, is reported to murdering Micheal Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Cory Haim, Manut Bol, Britney Murphy, Leslie Neilson, Tony Curtis, Patrick Swayze and more using sorcery sickness attacks.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Today in Poorly Targeted PR Efforts

Posted by on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Dear A. Birch,

Spotlight Media Relations is pleased to announce we are now working with Gene Juarez Salons and Spas.

As a member of the Seattle media, we would like to invite you to come into one of our salon locations —including our popular Downtown, University Village and Bellevue locations - meet our talented staff, and receive a free salon treatment of your choice.

In addition, we hope you’ll keep Gene Juarez Salons in mind anytime you need a beauty expert for an interview, or are interested in doing a beauty or makeover story. For example, Guy Lacey is a great resource on just about any hair or beauty topic.

Monday, March 7, 2011

"We Are Going to Block Streets"

Posted by on Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I just got this voice mail:

Hi. Here’s a message for your political people. On April 1, 2011, April Fool’s Day, there is going to be a massive don’t-show-up-for-work day. Nobody is going to work. And we are going to block the streets. We are going to take our cars, we are going to block streets—nothing is going to happen. We are going to block trains; we are going to block everything. Nothing is going to happen. We are going to shut this country down until it realizes that we are the people, you know. Hey, yeah, the people. Yeah. Get ready. April 1. April Fool’s. Day. Ha Ha! My name is Calamity. Calamity. You can call me if you want. [Doesn’t leave phone number.]

Just thought you all would want to know.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011





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