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  • in reply to: 17th Ave NW and NW Dock Pl Greenway changes #82649

    saffythepook
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    Good lord, this is classic Seattle. How about a second box on the other side of the street so drivers/bikers/peds can mail letters no matter which direction they approach from? Is it really so hard?

    in reply to: burger king and shell gas station going #80586

    saffythepook
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    This’ll be a big improvement. The only problem with it is that it comes long after all the construction of way too many condos, many of poor design and location. Putting this one at the corner of the largest intersection in Ballard is entirely appropriate. Had this development been one of the first, it would’ve been hailed as an unmitigated win.

    in reply to: Illegally parked cars, keep on 'em! #80323

    saffythepook
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    You mean, something like the Find It, Fix It app?

    in reply to: Mr. Gyros is expanding #80255

    saffythepook
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    Mon-Thu: 11:30am-8:30pm
    Fri: 11:30am-2:30am
    Sat: 11am-3pm
    Sun: Closed

    Basically, they’re a Monday through Friday operation.

    in reply to: Ballard Paseos #80254

    saffythepook
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    Apples and oranges. Paseo, while extremely tasty, doesn’t serve a traditional Cubano sandwich. The Macrina roll is too stiff and it’s not toasted.

    in reply to: Ballard Paseos #80247

    saffythepook
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    Geo’s has great food but the service is slow. Still worth it, but budget your time accordingly.

    in reply to: natural privacy planting #79669

    saffythepook
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    Clematis is incredibly invasive and if you plant grapes, make sure you like them a lot (even in the winter) because they are incredibly difficult to kill.

    in reply to: why do cyclists break traffic laws? #78530

    saffythepook
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    As a motorist and cyclist, I can tell you that I behave very differently depending on my mode of transport. Car, I follow all the rules. Bike, my first rule is to maintain separation between myself and the motorized traffic and keep myself safe. In a car, keeping yourself safe and following the law are congruent, since the laws are designed to keep cars from colliding. That’s not necessarily true on a bike due to your poor visibility to other drivers, vulnerability to potholes, poor acceleration, etc., etc. I have tons of lights, wear reflective clothing, ride routes with better pavement when available, try not to be a jerk, etc, etc but if coasting carefully through a stop sign will keep me separated from a bad driver, I don’t hesitate.

    in reply to: Cyclist killed 2nd & University #72674

    saffythepook
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    I ride the Ballard Bridge every day and don’t find it to be terribly dangerous. Unnerving, yes, until you get used to being so close to the guardrail on the right and the fast traffic on the left. However, you do have a high curb physically separating you from traffic so they can’t hit you. The biggest psychological problem is the thought that if you fall over the curb, you’ll be roadkill but I don’t think I’ve every heard of anyone falling over it.

    The biggest real problem with the BB is the uncontrolled gap at the south end of the southbound bike lane with drivers turning right but if you wait and signal with your arm, even in heavy traffic people will invariably stop for you within 10 seconds or so. Beyond that, there’s also the merge with the traffic coming from Nickerson, but if you watch what you’re doing that can be managed because there’s not a lot of traffic there. Also, when bicyclists ride the wrong way on the bike lane…

    In short, the BB is not to be hailed as a model of bike-friendliness but I don’t think it rises to the top three. Frankly, I’d rather see Market St. re-paved. The potholes on that stretch force me into traffic, sometimes suddenly, to the consternation of both me and my car-driving counterparts.

    in reply to: Skarbos Liquidation #70950

    saffythepook
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    Skarbos seems to have taken a page out of the Carpet Dealer playbook. If true, this “going out of business” sale will be followed by a renaming of the store while maintaining ~90% of the same brands and inventory.

    in reply to: sailboat stuck under ballard train bridge #70628

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    That’ll buff right out.

    in reply to: STOLEN 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 #68835

    saffythepook
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    That’s a beautiful car. Could you post a pic for those who aren’t familiar with them?

    in reply to: Refinishing Fruitwood #68768

    saffythepook
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    If you do stain/laquer/varnish, test the underside of the top, sanded and prepped as you would the visible parts to make sure the finish acceptance characteristics are the same. If you go natural and you want some sheen, I’d suggest Minwax Rub-On Poly (semi or full gloss) instead of Watco Danish Oil. Watco will give you a matte finish with much worse durability than a polyurethane.

    With tight-grained woods the wipe-on poly will give you a finish that looks as good as sprayed with an application process that’s very easy and virtually foolproof. Sand to 320 grit, de-dust with mineral spirits, wipe on 1st coat, wait 24 hours, quick sand with 320, de-dust, and apply second coat. You can do a third coat if you wish but it’s often unnecessary.

    in reply to: State Patrol Solicitors – Asshats! #67700

    saffythepook
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    William Barrett does a very good job of exposing shady charities and fundraising organizations. He blogs here:

    https://newtoseattle.wordpress.com/

    in reply to: "Beerated Consort" #67295

    saffythepook
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    The Swedes have set up this site and made the forum free for you to use and enjoy. I don’t think they’re obliged to babysit, coddle, and referee for the people who participate in it.

    in reply to: "Beerated Consort" #67287

    saffythepook
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    Why should the Swedes get involved? If it’s serious enough to involve the police, then involve the police and they can go to the Swedes. If it’s not, then stop with the drama.

    in reply to: Gracie's Story #67129

    saffythepook
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    Thanks for the voice of reason, Teigyr.

    in reply to: Tater Tots #66511

    saffythepook
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    In college, we’d fry up some tots and then shake them in a bag with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Yum!

    in reply to: Incessant drone noise #65726

    saffythepook
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    The Coast Guard was running what looked like rescue drills in Shilshole Bay last night involving a Safe Boat and two helicopters. It started around 8 and ran for at least an hour.

    in reply to: To the driver of silver car in LH today… #65460

    saffythepook
    Participant

    Yes. Yes she did.

    in reply to: front end alignment in Ballard? #65459

    saffythepook
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    Ernie,
    I agree with your assessment of Group 2, you can’t beat a racing shop for skill and technique. They were happy to do an alignment on my minivan and the results were great.

    in reply to: To the driver of silver car in LH today… #65248

    saffythepook
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    “What I am talking about is action with intent. I am sure you can see that you’re comparing apples to oranges here….right?”

    Ummm, no.

    Everyone makes mistakes. Few make a doozy like yours and subsequently go out of their way to point out the far less serious mistakes of others with such righteous indignation.

    in reply to: To the driver of silver car in LH today… #65235

    saffythepook
    Participant

    “If people could simply learn the traffic laws, and then follow them, none of this would be an issue.”

    This from the woman who rear-ended another car on the Ballard Bridge and tied up traffic for hours.

    http://www.myballard.com/forum/topic.php?id=1126

    You and your hypocritical screeds against other drivers are priceless, Allison.

    in reply to: Say NO to Prop 1 #65152

    saffythepook
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    Lakreitz:
    “Orange County residents are very different from Seattle-ites (though Huntington Beach recently banned plastic bags). At least I will never have to be disappointed in an election result.”

    If you were disappointed in the Prop 1 results here, I think it’s safe to say you’ll be disappointed in every election result in the OC.

    in reply to: May is National Bike Month #64959

    saffythepook
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    Ballardgirl, I think I know who you’re talking about. I was riding to work on Tuesday morning and ran into this guy chewing out a motorist for having his car very slightly in the way of the entrance to the separated path at the north end of the Ballard Bridge. Of course, with the construction at that corner you have to stick out a bit more now to see oncoming traffic from the left but there was no quarter given.

    I ride behind him across the bridge and when we get to the south end, he stops his bike to look for traffic on Elliott before entering the lane from the separated path. After about 3 seconds, he gets frustrated and holds his hand up in a “stop” fashion and just barges into the lane with a self-rightious look on his face and a few choice words for the car he cut off. I just gave them a sheepish wave of thanks for stopping and went on my way hoping that he was just having a bad day. Unfortunately, if it’s the same guy, it sounds like he’s just an asshole, plain and simple.

    It’s a shame. It doesn’t take too many bikers like that give us all a bad name.

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