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Distantmantra

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Re: 1631

I have no love lost for those on the anti-side of things but tell me what an average person pay in a year? I’m a big boy, I will gladly pay my share to help the environment. Like, how much extra will I pay for gas in 2020 when it goes into effect? Just give me a rough estimate and don’t hide behind numbers so nebulous that they have no impact on a regular Washingtonian.
 

Stinkles

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Re: 1631

I have no love lost for those on the anti-side of things but tell me what an average person pay in a year? I’m a big boy, I will gladly pay my share to help the environment. Like, how much extra will I pay for gas in 2020 when it goes into effect? Just give me a rough estimate and don’t hide behind numbers so nebulous that they have no impact on a regular Washingtonian.

It’s one of those things liberals ignore while complaining about other regressive taxes. Like the soda tax. Sure, it’s good for people to drink less soda - but not everyone understands that - some folks are living in situations of pure shit where they have no idea these ballots exist, but they do know that coke and everything else is getting more expensive, and that Big Mac meal got more expensive and so on. It directly impacts people who don’t even know about it, based on well-intentioned voting by people like us.

Where we need to get to is a situation where soda doesn’t need to be taxed, because a single mom with no time to raise her kids properly, is able to send them to a great public school where her kids end up knowing better than she does. That’s how societies grow and become more sophisticated and healthier and smarter. That’s how things worked in Scotland when I was a kid. I went to public schools that taught us classics and music and art and civics and the government paid for my college AND my rent while I was learning. And I paid less tax as an adult there than here AND had free NHS healthcare. But here in Seattle, and WA generally we barely paid for education at ALL in the last few years, let alone improving it where it needs to be improved.


Meanwhile, Eastside public schools are among the best in the country and their coffers and stadia are improved and embellished and gilded by donations from generous and liberal and well-off Microsoft and Amazon and Google and Boeing parents who don’t really have to worry about private schools, because the government funded ones there, are so stable and well-funded. That’s not always true in Seattle, and as soon as you go north, south or east of Issaquah, shit’s all over the place, and poor people as usual get shat on by circumstance and local politics.

It’s all fucked. And city politics are a wasteland. Homelessness is now being used as a political tool by the LEFT. You’d think it would be non stop GOP clowns complaining about it, but we’re creating a massive addiction crisis matrix, encouraging addicts and their enablers to set up shop here, because there is an underground community where their addictions and poverty and horrible circumstances, can be a hair better than Portland, or Twisp, or Everett and sure, from here - but the moral crowbar is used to make people feel guilty about complaining that maybe, just maybe, the cops should prioritize heroin dealing, instead of being the de facto rescue unit for overdoses. They can’t like it. Our PD has plenty of issues on its own, but being told to use kid gloves is finally having an effect and it’s visible at every freeway on-ramp. And I don’t mean a panhandler, like you’d occasionally see in 2005. I mean tent cities.

They need to triage soon. I’ve had my car prowled so many times I just leave it unlocked. I’ve found people on my property, I’ve heard folks checking my front fucking door at 2am. I’m tired of pussyfooting around the issue of dealers and addicts because it might be offensive to a single mom who can’t afford rent. The irony is that the way to help her as a phenomenon, is to start working on the ugly shit we’ve let fester through guilt, inaction and well-meaning but destructive help and encouragement.

Folks often cite a survey that “proved” most of these folks were from King County already, but the data and methodology were laughable. We need to get data and start getting rid of the dealer safety net that’s under most of the crime - and then we can get to the real estate aspect.

BTW I am a hand-wringing peacenik liberal empath, recycler, gun safety campaigning, trans-advocating, GOP detesting hippy. But this thing in Seattle is not sustainable.

And meanwhile, my doc still occasionally tries to prescribe opiates for my chronic but manageable pain. They haven’t even fixed that shit. Pharma absolutely WRECKED a generation or two, with no serious repercussions even to this day.

Anyway, rant over. I know there’s a hugely complex series of homeless problems - but I am complaining about this one.
 

Distantmantra

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Oct 26, 2017
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I had someone cook a steak on my gas grill in the middle of the night this past week. That was a new one.

They left part of the steak, too.
 

jb1234

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Oct 25, 2017
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Got our ballots today and I started voting. Concerning 1631 in theory I’m in support of it but I feel like all the pro stuff is so confusing and overly complicated. They need to just spell out clearly and simply what it means in regular person money.
I'm undecided. I'm dirt poor on a disability check and even slight changes to gas and food prices will hit me pretty hard. On the the other hand, we should be willing to make sacrifices in the fight against climate change. I'll do more research tomorrow.

At least the rest of the initiatives are no-brainers.
 
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Distantmantra

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Oct 26, 2017
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I'm undecided. I'm dirt poor on a disability check and even slight changes to gas and food prices will hit me pretty hard. On the the other hand, we should be willing to make sacrifices in the fight against climate change. I'll do more research tomorrow.

At least the rest of the initiatives are no-brainers.
1631 should be a no brainer, I just wish they would say what we should expect to pay. "$15 per metric ton of carbon" is not helpful.
 

Stinkles

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Caught a glimpse of the invading dinomechs from my office Friday. Stay safe SeattleERA.

Gorgeous shot. This reminds me of the greatest thing that ever happened in San Francisco.

We went to watch twice - first time they had to abort. Clearance was 26 inches under the bay Bridge and only a few feet under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Think about the fact that there's actually a real surfable swell directly under the Golden Gate Bridge - it was CRAZY to watch and it looked like it was definitely going to hit because of the curving of the roadway. Madness.

https://m.sfgate.com/news/baycitynews/article/Cranes-sail-safely-beneath-bridges-2829058.php

I had someone cook a steak on my gas grill in the middle of the night this past week. That was a new one.

They left part of the steak, too.
They've stolen and tried to steal my propane tanks. I caught one in the act.
 

samred

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Nov 4, 2017
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Sup, SeattlERA.

I would like to start some sort of gaming club in Seattle. I have a lot of games (video and board) and not enough friends available to help me play them. I was thinking of starting at some public venue on an off-night (like a Tues or Weds) with ppl bringing Nintendo Switch consoles as a starting point, then maybe expanding from there with consoles and connecting to a pub's TV. I'm very keen on starting something like this to establish a tempo/schedule ahead of Smash Ultimate.

Reply here or DM me. Coindexter's in the Greenwood neighborhood is ideal location-wise and has some decent coin-op fare, to boot, but I'm open to ideas. (Also open to starting a new thread if that's more appropriate, but I figured not.)
 

Hail Satan

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Oct 27, 2017
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Sup, SeattlERA.

I would like to start some sort of gaming club in Seattle. I have a lot of games (video and board) and not enough friends available to help me play them. I was thinking of starting at some public venue on an off-night (like a Tues or Weds) with ppl bringing Nintendo Switch consoles as a starting point, then maybe expanding from there with consoles and connecting to a pub's TV. I'm very keen on starting something like this to establish a tempo/schedule ahead of Smash Ultimate.

Reply here or DM me. Coindexter's in the Greenwood neighborhood is ideal location-wise and has some decent coin-op fare, to boot, but I'm open to ideas. (Also open to starting a new thread if that's more appropriate, but I figured not.)
Count me in. Would love to start getting a group together before the arrival of Smash.
 

BreakyBoy

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Oct 27, 2017
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I'd be interested as well.

Era-folk only? If not, I can ask around some locals I game with if they're interested.
 

samred

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I'd be interested as well.

Era-folk only? If not, I can ask around some locals I game with if they're interested.
Anyone who is nice is welcome. This'll likely be less competitive/cutthroat and more casual, I suppose is worth mentioning.

For those who stumble upon this already, maybe this coming Tuesday could work? (I don't think Tues Oct 30 is a particularly "Halloween" night, so it seems like a safe choice...)
 

Hail Satan

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Oct 27, 2017
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Anyone who is nice is welcome. This'll likely be less competitive/cutthroat and more casual, I suppose is worth mentioning.

For those who stumble upon this already, maybe this coming Tuesday could work? (I don't think Tues Oct 30 is a particularly "Halloween" night, so it seems like a safe choice...)
Tuesday should work for me. I’ll be out of town the next few days and pretty sure I’ll be back by then.
 

SpartyCrunch

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Oct 25, 2017
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Sup, SeattlERA.

I would like to start some sort of gaming club in Seattle. I have a lot of games (video and board) and not enough friends available to help me play them. I was thinking of starting at some public venue on an off-night (like a Tues or Weds) with ppl bringing Nintendo Switch consoles as a starting point, then maybe expanding from there with consoles and connecting to a pub's TV. I'm very keen on starting something like this to establish a tempo/schedule ahead of Smash Ultimate.

Reply here or DM me. Coindexter's in the Greenwood neighborhood is ideal location-wise and has some decent coin-op fare, to boot, but I'm open to ideas. (Also open to starting a new thread if that's more appropriate, but I figured not.)
I'd love to join up too. Tuesday the 30th can probably work for me and Coindexter's seems pretty close too.

I'd bring my switch - what kind of games are you thinking would be good for a group?
 

samred

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I'd bring my switch - what kind of games are you thinking would be good for a group?
Depending on the # of people, I might have a certain game to test out (and codes to dole out accordingly) for one-per-Switch play. (Not Smash.) Otherwise, Mario Kart and Splatoon 2 seem like local-versus options that everyone might own by default. And if I can set up a pico projector, I have the following games for local multi on one screen:

Overcooked 2
Joggernauts
Super Bummerman R
Flip Wars (aka real Super Bummerman R)
Mario Tennis Aces
Arms
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Worms WMD
Inversus (made by a Seattle guy! it's great!)
Death Squared
Fast RMX
Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter anniversary, Pokken Tournament, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

I'll also have six Joy-Cons and one Pro controller on hand. (Dibs on the Pro, obvs.)
 

jb1234

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Oct 25, 2017
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Sup, SeattlERA.

I would like to start some sort of gaming club in Seattle. I have a lot of games (video and board) and not enough friends available to help me play them. I was thinking of starting at some public venue on an off-night (like a Tues or Weds) with ppl bringing Nintendo Switch consoles as a starting point, then maybe expanding from there with consoles and connecting to a pub's TV. I'm very keen on starting something like this to establish a tempo/schedule ahead of Smash Ultimate.

Reply here or DM me. Coindexter's in the Greenwood neighborhood is ideal location-wise and has some decent coin-op fare, to boot, but I'm open to ideas. (Also open to starting a new thread if that's more appropriate, but I figured not.)
I'm interested.
 

samred

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Tonight, I'll swing by Coindexter's to confirm if/how this'll work logistically. Assuming that's all clear, let's plan on Coindexter's (on Greenwood Ave N between 85th and 87th) at 7:30pm on Tuesday. The place has food and drink and is 21+. If we get requests for underage folks, we can find an all-ages spot in the future. I'll update soon.
 

leder

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Oct 25, 2017
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I’ll try and meet up with you guys at some point, it’s a bit of a hike for me to commit to as a regular thing though.
 

platypotamus

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Oct 25, 2017
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If you got under agers, Ice Box in Frelard would work. Usually less crowded in my experience too

I'm probably unavailable Tuesday tho
 

samred

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Coindexter's is on for sure on Tuesday evening. If you're 100% attending, and bringing your own Switch, let me know. For reasons.
 

Stinkles

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Oct 25, 2017
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My neighbor's security camera caught some fucking weirdo standing in his back yard on Friday night stood outside the back windows for an hour and occasionally tried doors and windows.

And he was masturbating.

I admit I basically set up a chain of murder weapons at all the choke points in my house just in case. Everything from a Maglite to a giant razor honed Japanese chef's knife. And bear mace and a machete but that's only for the yard.

Really distinctive looking dude too. If see him on the street I will know immediately.

Told the missus he was just a prowler looking for tools or propane. Don't want to freak her out.
 

samred

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My neighbor's security camera caught some fucking weirdo standing in his back yard on Friday night stood outside the back windows for an hour and occasionally tried doors and windows.

And he was masturbating.
well, this turned into Seattle NextDoor really quickly. or are you somehow pitching the next great Xbox ARG?
 

Distantmantra

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Oct 26, 2017
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My area NextDoor group is full of people asking how they can kill the squirrels in their yard and get rid of homeless people. Or maybe it’s get rid of squirrels and kill homeless people. I really should delete my account.
 

ilikesanta

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Oct 26, 2017
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My neighbor's security camera caught some fucking weirdo standing in his back yard on Friday night stood outside the back windows for an hour and occasionally tried doors and windows.

And he was masturbating.

I admit I basically set up a chain of murder weapons at all the choke points in my house just in case. Everything from a Maglite to a giant razor honed Japanese chef's knife. And bear mace and a machete but that's only for the yard.

Really distinctive looking dude too. If see him on the street I will know immediately.

Told the missus he was just a prowler looking for tools or propane. Don't want to freak her out.
Tell him to report it to police.
 

samred

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Bumping as a reminder for tonight. SpartyCrunch , if you are definitely coming, and with a Switch in tow, then I have something to PM you. Same for anybody else who will attend with a Switch. (Unsure if jb1234 can make it or not, but same offer to you.)


Feel free to RT that and spread the word.
 

Stinkles

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Bumping as a reminder for tonight. SpartyCrunch , if you are definitely coming, and with a Switch in tow, then I have something to PM you. Same for anybody else who will attend with a Switch. (Unsure if jb1234 can make it or not, but same offer to you.)


Feel free to RT that and spread the word.
I'm trying - depending on work and I have a switch but full disclosure I work for ostensibly a rival/competitor
 

samred

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Roger that. To clarify to anybody tracking this Seattle meetup, now that an embargo has lifted: I have two more spare Diablo 3 Switch codes, and I'd like to test local-multi if at all possible. But now that I've declared it, you're going to have to seriously show up in order to get a code from me... (it's ~12GB, so downloading at the venue isn't ideal.)
 

Menelaus

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Oct 27, 2017
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Spent last week in Seattle and thoroughly enjoyed my time there as usual, and almost no rain!

Took a few pics down at the market one night. It was a long 4 year wait for more ginger beer!



 

Stinkles

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Spent last week in Seattle and thoroughly enjoyed my time there as usual, and almost no rain!

Took a few pics down at the market one night. It was a long 4 year wait for more ginger beer!



It's amazing how quick one of the Rachel bottles vanishes but they're too big to buy in bulk. Especially downtown
 

ilikesanta

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Oct 26, 2017
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My neighbor's security camera caught some fucking weirdo standing in his back yard on Friday night stood outside the back windows for an hour and occasionally tried doors and windows.

And he was masturbating.

I admit I basically set up a chain of murder weapons at all the choke points in my house just in case. Everything from a Maglite to a giant razor honed Japanese chef's knife. And bear mace and a machete but that's only for the yard.

Really distinctive looking dude too. If see him on the street I will know immediately.

Told the missus he was just a prowler looking for tools or propane. Don't want to freak her out.
Ha You're neighbor's story was on our air last night/today (I work at KIRO)
 

Distantmantra

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Oct 26, 2017
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My wife had a security system guy come out yesterday for a free consultation. The guy was all "yeah, you've had a bunch of tent encampments around you" in an attempt to scare me. I was all "Yep, they're not the most pleasant thing to look at but they haven't caused us any trouble." I don't think he was expecting that.