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  • in reply to: Old Sidewalk Street Signs #82005

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    Donarb – I just love this website. Thanks for posting.


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    Temporarily, I am in California, a state with a CRV on beverage bottles. Trust me, the tax doesn’t reduce littering – there is litter, including bottles and cans, all over the place. The average consumer doesn’t return the container for the .05 deposit. The ‘deposit’ is taken everywhere. Return locations are few and far between. The closest one to my house is three miles away in a location not really on the way to anyplace I go regularly. So I am not going to pop by to collect by .30 for an empty six pack. My yard is small and I don’t want to collect containers until I have enough to justify a separate a trip. So like most people, I put them in the recycle container. Sometimes they are picked up by scavengers. And scavengers come by at night, make a lot of noise and wake me as they go through containers. Scavenging is illegal, so from time to time there are ‘stings’ and these poor folks are given tickets! Scavenging levels seem down lately. I think it has more to do with the salvage price that cans and glass are getting more than anything else. There are mountains of recyclables in our country looking for their next life.

    Back in the day, I remember that bottle deposit end-run. What jerks! Even though I’ve changed my mind about the effectiveness of the deposit, it doesn’t change my opinion that our legislators were sell-outs.

    in reply to: Where did everyone go? #81170

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    I moved to Long Beach, CA. There is a faint vibe to LB that reminds me of old Ballard – not glam and proud of it. However, unlike Ballard, this place is covered in well-marked bike paths and a second beach path was added to safely accommodate bikes and people

    There are a two Ballard-centered facebook closed groups that have a few familiar faces in them – Buy Nothing – Ballard and Ballard Community Building.

    in reply to: Ballard house listed at $559K sells for $717K #80526

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    The all cash offers are the folks that are determined to buy. Many have already sold a house and are waiting and ready to go with their pile of cash. The mortgage process is completely insane and with the rapidly escalating process, it’s going to get worse. We are well qualified to afford the place we bought here, but the application process sure didn’t make it seem that way.

    in reply to: Ballard house listed at $559K sells for $717K #80492

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    Recently we relocated (temporarily) to S.Cal for Mr. L’s job. Several realtors, assigned by a relocation company, appraised the house for sale, give us marketing plan, etc. Though they were competent, neither were local – one from Burien, the other from Everett. I think both fell short on estimates of our home. Since I agree with VB that Seattle is one of the best places (though maddening at times) in the world, we decided in the end not to sell. The place is rented to a friend now.
    Anyway, other people from Mr L’s office are also moving here. One of them lives someplace in Ballard and recently listed his home in the mid $600’s. He had 10 offers, several were all cash. The highest was all cash in the mid $800’s! And buyers want occupancy in seven days. Co-worker was probably assigned one the agents that was assigned to us – it is crazy how far off the list price was from the market’s price.

    in reply to: Ants: Cry "Uncle"? #79302

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    Yay! Good to hear. I don’t mind them in the yard, but I draw the line at home invasion.

    in reply to: Ants: Cry "Uncle"? #79256

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    Those guys invade every spring. Still winter according to the calendar, but if the ants are here, then it’s officially spring.

    I’ve had great luck with Terro and I’ve always been able to find it at Stoneway Hardware. The active ingredient is borax which has low toxicity for people and pets. It takes awhile for it to work as the workers need to find it, take it back to the nest and then poison the queen. I clean away any food debris they might be interested in and this includes sap dropped by some house plants. I scrub floors down with vinegar and water to remove any trail they are leaving for fellow workers and then put the bait next to their entry location.

    in reply to: Sad State Of Affairs #78929

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    Oh yeah, I’ll look for my previous comment to show up on 2.3 at noon.

    in reply to: Sad State Of Affairs #78928

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    While I waited for my post to appear I saw that Lucretia had posted something. Her post has not appeared as far as I can tell> Personally I am enjoying the community that the BuyNothing Project – Ballard gives. And I am a member of NextDoor and one guy is on there trying to spread good news, not just ‘my car was stolen’ ‘my dog/cat is lost’ Nothing will quite replace the MyBallard repartee…..where else could I go, except MyBallard, to bitch about the lamest construction stop/slow flaggers in the world (on 65th at 26th) and get quick confirmation that they mess with everyone, not just me. Or maybe it is just me. Anyway! Those guys are jerks!

    in reply to: Sad State Of Affairs #78904

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    It took at least 8 hours for my post to show up in this thread. I was thinking of aol dial-up when I checked back in yesterday afternoon. It sure took a long time to log-in this morning. Though I think I will blame my new comcast owned modem for that one – they’ve probably switched it to public on me. I only need the modem for another week, so I am renting it from them.

    in reply to: Sad State Of Affairs #78883

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    Hey JM98107 on Friday I saw the over-turned car on 15th between Mkt and 56th too. I had plenty of time to look at it due to traffic. I certainly hope that no one was badly injured, I could not tell from where I was. Not certain how the physics worked to result in a car end upside down in a place and at a time when I would have thought that traffic was slow. I’ve witnessed accidents the end up with cars facing the opposite direction, so I’ve got that one down.

    in reply to: hummingbirds not around #77142

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    The three or so that hang out in my yard are here, fighting over my two feeders as usual. Like Veganbiker, I bring in the feeders at night and set out again around 6 am. I hope yours return Shelley!

    in reply to: Coyote spotted in Crown Hill #73037

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    i’ve seen one there too Gracie. I think it comes up the hill at 70th. It’s possible to thrash your way up the hill there.

    in reply to: Sirens heading towards Golden Gardens #72932

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    I’m not hearing anything else and no helicopter is hovering. Perhaps it has been resolved with just some wet and cold people. It was pretty windy out there earlier.

    in reply to: Sirens heading towards Golden Gardens #72930

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    911 blog says salt water rescue….

    in reply to: Electrician needed :) #72876

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    How about six electricians to consider? Bowie Electric is Ballard owned. They did a nice, clean job for me in 2011. They were recommended by my contractor. Independent of that rec, they did lots of work over many years for a company where I worked.

    in reply to: blank & blank restaurant names. #71960

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    OG -I remember Clinkerdagger, etc. Best described as a fern barn. I clearly remember asparagus ferns in there. It was a chain resto – there was one over in Bellevue too.

    in reply to: Music like 103.7 The Mountain? #71925

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    On a somewhat unrelated note. Boston (the 70’s band) is touring and sold out their Chateau Ste. Michelle. Tix were $70-$100. I am deeply ashamed of my age cohort.

    in reply to: Music like 103.7 The Mountain? #71924

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    KEXP 90.3. You can stream it, which I do. Lots of live performances, podcasts

    in reply to: Basking shark spotted in Puget Sound #71424

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    OG – thanks for the link. You are right – a lovely young lady.

    in reply to: Basking shark spotted in Puget Sound #71363

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    Good job getting the photo!


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    I hadn’t realized that Shocking pink is an actual color. I thought the shocking described the jarring nature of the color.

    As for fuchsias, the annual show at Locks has already passed. It was July 26 – always lots of lovely flowers to admire.

    in reply to: What is your favorite dive bar? #70712

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    LIA – Targy’s on QA at 6th & Crockett might fit the bill for you. It is a hidden gem, full of regs. They have two pool tables. Just started serving hard stuff. It’s been around for a long time and is not well known outside of the neighborhood.

    in reply to: sailboat stuck under ballard train bridge #70661

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    That’s rough. Curious to know how the boat ended up there in the first place. In fairness to them, could have been due to loss of power and they drifted under with current (okay…. bad steering would contribute to that scenario). Or was it just sheer ignorance and they thought they could make it under the closed bridge? And as BG says there can be plenty of ignorance on display at the Locks. From shore, I’ve watched sailboats angrily signal the bridge tender to open bridge with multiple signals. Gotta learn who has the right of way out there.

    in reply to: Hair salon for older women #70660

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    Hair Design by Helen on top of Queen Anne – near the Safeway at Howe St. Not my salon, but I’ve noticed older clients in there when I pass by.

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