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  • in reply to: I miss the old forum.. #69506

    Jonathan
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    1d grrrl, I’m still around and still hikin’ and bikin’ and teachin’. Hope you are doing well.

    in reply to: I miss the old forum.. #69502

    Jonathan
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    I recall the heady days of Henry art, sidewalk devouring strollers, and dog poop everywhere! :)

    Hey, what was that noise?!

    in reply to: nearby bicycle repair shop? #66689

    Jonathan
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    Second Ascent at 5209 Ballard Ave NW takes care of my bike needs.

    http://secondascent.com/

    in reply to: Save Ballard – meeting on Thursday #65960

    Jonathan
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    Just asked in the spirit of a polemic: I wonder how far back “Save [insert neighborhood here]” movements might go? In the ’70s I’m sure folks were clamoring to preserve the [insert neighborhood here] of the ’50s, and so on, and, like mirrors placed opposite each other, movement upon movement elegiacally invoking the ever receding images of a past that can exist only in imagination and nostalgia. How far back do we go and what is the character of Ballard? Raise the buildings, plant forests and give it back to the folks who first moved here after the last ice age? I like and fondly remember the the Ballard I first saw in the early ’80s, but I also like much of the change I have witnessed since then.

    in reply to: Scammers Outside Ballard Market #63530

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    Always duck my head when I see these guys. They have such a fowl smell about them.


    Jonathan
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    I like Americanized Asian anything. Louie’s is great and has that cheesy ’70s “Oriental” look and feel. Edward Said would have been delighted. Panda Express has also hit the spot after a week in the trenches.

    That being said (pun intended), the only authentic food of any ethnicity/religion/region/whatever is only cooked in kitchens of private homes or street carts or very small pension-type lodgings where most stomachs fear to tread. Everyone claims to want authentic, but in a very sanitized, Disneyesque way.

    in reply to: $15/hr? #61999

    Jonathan
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    Just a little grist for the mill.

    So, $15/hr. What does that look like? Gross of 2,400/mo.(12) = 28,000/yr. Federal taxes, 10% right? So take home of ca. 25,000/yr. Ca. 2100/mo. net. Something like that, I guess. Doable, sure. Just might work if you can count on stable, reliable employment over decades and are unburdened by various and sundry combinations of dependents, esp. ones with special medical and psychological needs, elderly parents, a car, an average monthly rent, medical needs of your own, student loans, a 401K account you contribute to, etc. Finally, vacations, hobbies, and unexpected expenses/emergencies are N/A in your life.

    Just a thought experiment, just sayin’ and offered in the same spirit as other modest proposals might be.

    Edit: Ah, l’esprit d’escalier struck after hitting submit. Assume no rich relative, no trust fund, no inheritance already enjoyed or to be expected. No financial cavalry ready to ride over the hill and save your hide in a pinch. Yer on yer own cowgirls and -boys! Hang tight and ride the mare of free market laissez-faire!

    in reply to: $15/hr? #61912

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    According to Pew Research (pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/12/04/5-facts-about-the-minimum-wage/), federal minimum wage topped out in 1968 at $8.25, expressed in 2012 $s. 45 years, that’s a couple of generations. While it’s always difficult to estimate the buying power of a sawbuck over the years, IMHO, it’s still a sobering stat. From this perspective, $15 doesn’t seem so, to quote some of the detractors of the raise proposals, “ruinous” and “outrageous.”

    in reply to: spring #61720

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    Heard my first Varied Thrush of the year out near Woodinville. Always a milestone on the way to spring. 9:57am PDT on the 20th.

    in reply to: What lengths do you go to to shop local? #58788

    Jonathan
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    If one is shopping local, one literally doesn’t have to go to lengths. ;)

    in reply to: Test of how many folks are in "real" Ballard #57653

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    VB, I hear the toots up here by BHS and like ’em. However I also like multi-use paths and know that folks 50 years from now would praise the wisdom of folks who thought a rail-trail from Renton to Snohomish was a good idea. But methinks I’m lacking a good deal of current background info. What’s the connection? I thought that Ron Sims (the best county executive since Tim Hill) had sealed the deal on the acquisition of that right of way under the ’83 Rail Banking Act (NTSA) before he left office . . .

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