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  • in reply to: Dog Rant #80043

    Shelley
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    Great Idea,

    If you reread my post, the dog was NOT greeting us. We had already had an encounter. I had turned around and was leaving because the dog would not let us by in our intended direction.

    I carry pepper spray as well. I did spray a dog once. Owner no where in sight. It was some kind of medium size boxer who wouldn’t let us by on the trail in Carkeek, and when we turned to go back, he charged from behind. If I knew where his owner was, it would have felt better to spray him/her even though highly illegal. The blast was very effective, but it was really hard to hear all the yelping even though it was in self-defense.

    What I didn’t say was that the dog lunged, snarled with teeth bared and snapped at both my dog and I during that encounter before I attempted to turn around. So do I let my now elderly (9 yr old 75 pound) dog get torn up by an aggressive, foul-tempered, off-leash, untrained dog? Do I let the attacking dog bite me?

    HOW DARE YOU QUESTION ME?

    but to spray that dog when it was (maybe charging, maybe coming up to greet your dog) seems like an extreme over-reaction. I don’t know why or where the owners were when this all occurred, but were you really in enough danger to merit such a response?

    I feared for both my dog’s safety and my own. I am 65 years old. I felt absolutely terrible about spraying the dog. I sprayed defensively as I have been trained to do (evaluate the threat first, try to leave the scene, re-evaluate, let it rip). I am NOT an expert in dog behavior. In all of my experience with dogs (7 yrs on a farm with dozens of different border collies), plus now 4 years with my dog, I had not seen a dog act so menacingly. Granted, I don’t know the boxer breed, but this one was fast and agile. If I had a reactive dog, the situation would have been extremely dangerous. If the owner(s) were around, they sure didn’t respond to my screams and they didn’t hear their dog snarling and charging us before we attempted to turn around. They also did not show up at any time up until the police and animal control arrived and took custody of the dog. I don’t think it my responsibility to be up on behavior of different breeds of dog to legally walk my dog on a leash in Carkeek Park. I used the tool in my jacket pocket. I don’t know what I would have done without it.

    in reply to: Find It, Fix It app. #80013

    Shelley
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    Chris, Find It Fix It is run by the Customer Service Bureau which has been around for a long time. They were instrumental in getting me to the right department several times when as a newbie biz owner I ran into roadblocks starting up. My experience with the app is that it probably works OK, but there are still failure modes, mostly related to bureaucracy in the departments they have to interface with. I think the app grew out of the third party problem reporting form linked at the CSB web page: http://www.seattle.gov/customer-service-bureau

    You can get them on the phone at 684-CITY — that hasn’t changed. When I have called to follow up on Find It Fix It requests, they are very helpful, though they seem somewhat perplexed why some city departments simply close all requests with no feedback (SPD Parking Enforcement for instance) and others let the requests sit there for months with no action (SDOT). They seem equally flummoxed by the disappearance of previously submitted requests.

    I think the app may encourage more accountability, but until the other fiefdoms [departments] are actually on board, it will be a mixed bag of results. I like the words that the departments they forward to have upto 10 days to respond, but I don’t like that the 10 days doesn’t actually mean much in deeds.

    in reply to: Grocery Outlet owners/managers moving on #80012

    Shelley
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    Don’t know Angeline. I found this on the CH Grocery Outlet Facebook Page. I’m kinda late to the party because as a single person, I’m not in there often:

    Changes at Crown Hill Grocery Outlet
    As many of you may know WE, Steve and Blanca Campbell, are leaving Crown Hill Grocery Outlet at the end of March. We were asked by Grocery Outlet Inc. to open up a new store in California. We accepted the offer knowing the opportunity will allow us to be closer to grandparents & siblings. However, it leave us sad as it means we will be leaving the first store we opened and the employees who helped us build the Grocery Outlet brand in the Ballard / Crown Hill area. We will miss everyone we have grown to know over the years, and the city & state we’ve grown so fond of – this became our home. We want to thank everyone for all of their support, kind words and gratitude over the years.
    Likewise, we would like to introduce the new operators, Norm & Tammy Mack. They trained in our store a few years back, so they may be familiar to you. They currently operate Maple Valley Grocery Outlet and will be taking over Crown Hill Grocery Outlet starting next week.
    Sincerely,
    Steve & Blanca Campbell
    Go Hawks!

    https://www.facebook.com/CrownHillGroceryOutlet

    in reply to: Dog Rant #79996

    Shelley
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    The whole reason I carry pepper spray is not for quadruped animals, but personal protection from those in my own species. I’m a relatively slightly built woman, and I’ve been mugged once (more than ten years ago, but the memory won’t leave me). Sad that it’s come to me needing to carry it. Discharging the pepper spray is not a decision I take lightly. More and more I find my hand inside my coat pocket, at the ready to pull it out. Sad to say that I don’t feel safe walking around, leaving my businesses after 6 PM. I can’t always walk with others. I felt terrible about spraying the dog, but in the whole calculus of what could have happened should the attacking dog have bit me or my dog, I rationalize my response as on the lower end of the potential damages scale.

    in reply to: Find It, Fix It app. #79974

    Shelley
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    Reporting graffiti:
    1) Parks usually addresses issue within 10 days
    2) Signs — SDOT addresses issue within 30 to 60 days
    3) Private property — appears to have no effect

    Reporting potholes — usual first response within a few days. A first response may be to put up a reflective sawhorse over the offending pothole, or maybe even patching it.

    Reporting green paint on pavement in bad shape (for instance Stone Way near Bridge) — ZERO response in over 5 months.

    Reporting homeless debris on 8th avenue — no response in 3 weeks

    Reporting parking violations (blocked driveway): within an hour

    Reporting parking violations (more than 72 hours): don’t waste your time, call them in.

    Reporting accumulation of garbage and debris: fairly prompt response (couple of weeks)

    Reporting street light out: within a few days, repaired.

    Don’t count on a response being posted back so you can see it on the app. Or all of your things reported over the last 6 months just disappear into thin air — poof whether resolved or not. SDOT doesn’t usually update the ticket, but City Light is really good about it, and SPD just closes them all.

    in reply to: Ballard chamber plans to "activate" Ballard Commons #79886

    Shelley
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    Very cool. I wonder if there could be something like a hot dog or espresso cart or something similar out there to bring in some more people. That and build a loo there and the other 3 locations under consideration.

    In a different life, when I was in grad school in California, the city had all these events nearly every weekend at parks, kite festivals, Shakespeare in the Park, musical events (like the summer concerts at the Locks), juggling classes, bike competitions for kids, frisbee competitions. Seems like a lot of that here is invested in buildings like at Loyal Heights CC and Ballard CC. Seeing the picture of Gary (Bubble Man) brings back memories.

    in reply to: Dog Rant #79876

    Shelley
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    Teigyr, people can be real b*st*rds. So sorry.

    in reply to: Ballard getting a BIA #79867

    Shelley
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    Yeah, Compass Rose, I don’t necessarily agree with much of that article, but overall as a U-District business owner (as opposed to property owner) I feel disenfranchised. There are plenty of other small businesses in the area that stand to lose big time as the big towers get built. I think a fair number of the bread and butter small businesses over there are not so pleased about the BIA.

    Sorry I don’t know if he was the president of the Chamber and I don’t remember his name. I saw him at the Ballard District Council meeting they had maybe 6 or more months ago and he was discussing the whole Ballard Partnership for Growth thing and how it might morph into a Business Improvement Area or District. And I was thinking of how each slow step he was describing without seeing the future repercussion(s) could sure build in a lot of bias in the future. For me, there was not much reason to become involved because I don’t live or work or own property or business in the Ballard Core Area.

    in reply to: Ballard getting a BIA #79858

    Shelley
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    BIAs are a mixed blessing. Ultimately I feel they become impediments to changes (good changes, as well as bad). There is another BIA under consideration right now and I guess I’m surprised the Ballard one hasn’t met the opposition that the U-District one has.

    Here’s an article (pretty biased, I admit, but then I have a business in the U-District, and it’s the one I can find easily right now because I just read it): http://www.citylivingseattle.com/Content/News/Opinion/Article/OUTSIDE-CITY-HALL-BIA-threatens-University-District-/22/207/90789

    I wonder what parallels might be drawn. The new guy at the Ballard Chamber when I saw him speak was anything but dynamic, and I thought “Wow, he could really be burying stuff with his plodding, procedural approach by boring people to death.”

    in reply to: Dog Rant #79833

    Shelley
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    I carry pepper spray as well. I did spray a dog once. Owner no where in sight. It was some kind of medium size boxer who wouldn’t let us by on the trail in Carkeek, and when we turned to go back, he charged from behind. If I knew where his owner was, it would have felt better to spray him/her even though highly illegal. The blast was very effective, but it was really hard to hear all the yelping even though it was in self-defense.

    If you carry pepper spray, I really recommend taking a class. Like this one: http://www.strategicliving.org/pepper-spray.php

    in reply to: Package theft #79824

    Shelley
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    FWIW too, I know most of you aren’t in hillbillyland. Off the Interurban between 110th and 130th you can generally find all sorts of open packages with the contents removed. I’ve never seen an address from the Ballard area but that seems to be where people go to open what they stole around here.

    I find a fair amount of opened packages on the little stub of 95th going west from 8th, and in various little quiet places like the McAbee entrance to Carkeek and the North dead end of Mary into Carkeek, and 9th by the Cemetery. But the addresses are almost always within a couple of blocks of where the torn open packaging was found.

    in reply to: Package theft #79823

    Shelley
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    Also, some premium credit cards have purchase insurance. But usually the sender makes good on the stolen item.

    in reply to: Pickling cucumbers – has anybody seen any? #79821

    Shelley
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    I’ve tried growing a bunch of different kinds of cukes for pickling in my garden. The ones I liked the best were these ones: http://www.territorialseed.com/product/Diamant_Cucumber_Seed

    They’re a type of gherkin, and were suitably small and uniform enough to fit in my pickling/canning jars whole. Some of the other ones I’ve grown were too big (too long or too wide). The catalog says 47 days, but it’s probably closer to 60 or 65 in Crown Hill. The plants produce for about a month.

    Definitely better than Claussen’s dills. ;)

    in reply to: Ballard Goodwill = Hipster Mall #79786

    Shelley
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    Agree Crownhiller on the bell-ringer’s store about the nice clothing. It seems to move fast though.

    The Deseret store on Aurora near the ice rink has lots of basic stuff at sometimes reasonable prices. My neighbor’s kid (moved out to her own apt this fall) got most of here pots and pans, flatware, utensils, a toaster oven, some basic lamps and stuff there.

    My experience there: reasonable help that actually wants to help you, but you need to ask. Prices, OK. Clothes, not really hip(ster) stuff. Seems like they have a bunch of women’s clothes that are big, not so much if you’re medium or small sizes.

    in reply to: 15th ave pedestrian corridor #79760

    Shelley
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    Ha Mondoman. It’s a lot more than “under-$2/gallon gas” right now. According to gas buddy, it clocks in at $2.83.9 ;)

    That parking lot expansion for Safeway and the gas station would have been a great opportunity to put in a large apartment block with parking underneath (or not) and some sort of human scale first floor retail with interesting shop windows. Instead we got a huge expanse of asphalt. That piece of land was essentially squandered along with it’s full block zoning (Commercial) from 15th to Mary. Most land along 15th is only commercial for a half block East or West of 15th, bordering on the backside against residential. Unlike many others, I think density buys efficiencies, and better transportation follows. I’m a little bit sensitive to the possibility that the ground floor retail might not be used for that.

    in reply to: 15th ave pedestrian corridor #79755

    Shelley
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    I think it has to do with making the overwhelmingly oppressive pedestrian environment on the sidewalks there on 15th better. Sort of pathetic how small the areas being discussed are. And how much opposition there seems to be (I’m not very connected in city government so I might have misread that). I just remember how our inept City Council and City Administration (under Nickels) allowed the temporary pedestrian zone to lapse and the very day it lapsed, DPD approved the stinking Safeway gas station at the CH Safeway. Might not be perfect, but lets put them in in for now, however small they are. That whole corridor is going to look way different in ten years from about 67th upto 80th at least. I’d rather walk on 15th than the through the drug garden on Mary from Holman to 80th. My 0.02

    in reply to: Ballard Goodwill = Hipster Mall #79739

    Shelley
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    I’ve had a love-hate relationship with that Goodwill. A couple of months back the Salvation Army opened up in the same shopping center as Central Market. So far everyone there has been helpful. VV is a little weird sometimes, but because it’s so close, it’s my goto thrift store.

    in reply to: Dog Rant #79728

    Shelley
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    People get jest a wee bit touchy ’bout their dogs and other people’s dogs. My dog is a fairly big girl, about 70 or 75 lbs of Shepherd and Black Lab and maybe something or other else in there. We walk to Green Lake and around it once a week or so. I occasionally get lectured there by folk telling me I have to keep the leash without any slack. Sort of humorous. Mynah is in a perfect “heel” on my left, head just about 10 inches from my thigh, nose never in front of my leg, and about a foot of slack in the leash.


    Shelley
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    Interesting link VB. I notice that some avatar symbols from this forum are in there if you scroll down far enough. I found my own and Salmon Bay’s.


    Shelley
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    Magnetic doesn’t matter. Your wheels are aluminum and they are the best trigger. See the article I linked earlier. I know it’s TL;DR, but it actually explains it all in there.


    Shelley
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    The bus priority signals do snarl things up a bit.

    I’ve usually been able to trigger the inductive loop things by riding right on top of the little slot they cut to drop the wire in. I have no idea where the loop is after they make pavement repairs to the street. There was one over in the U-District that seemed really resistant to being triggered until I figured out to use the loop about 6 feet further back from the intersection. Here’s an excellent writeup on how they work: http://www.humantransport.org/bicycledriving/library/signals/detection.htm And it even explains why my initial thought to stop with the wheel directly over but perpendicular to the slot didn’t work very well at all.

    One of the states around here (Idaho?) has a law on the books which allows cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs.

    in reply to: natural privacy planting #79651

    Shelley
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    When we lived in the SF Bay Area (now many years ago) our neighbor planted the wrong kind of bamboo. We dug that stuff up so many times. The runners seemed to go twenty or more feet in a year. When they came up for light, the shoots would grow a foot per week. Very invasive. We ended up having to hire a landscaper at no small cost to dig it out (the runners were between 12 and 30 inches deep) and replace the retaining wall between the houses.

    Please don’t plant a running type. Steel troughs rust, rubber liners get holes in them (rodents), wood rots, concrete cracks. Your neighbors and future neighbors will thank you for years.

    I’ve seen very nice clumping black bamboo at a friend’s house — she told me they put it in almost twenty years ago and it’s been fairly trouble free but extremely hard frosts kill it back to the ground, and it takes a few months the following spring to bounce back.

    in reply to: NBR: Petition to change gracie's name #79644

    Shelley
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    oldguybc, just another name: that person signs on as beerrated-consort, and keeps changing the name that displays under his/her avatar. You can see the sign on name by rolling the mouse over the avatar name, and your browser “hint” will show it.

    in reply to: Anyone recognize this Ballard burgler #79633

    Shelley
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    A fair bit more information emerges on this topic.

    http://www.ballardnewstribune.com/2015/03/10/news/spd-share-more-details-puppy-cam-burglary

    Sounds like our friends at SPD know who the guy is. And there’s more to the story, I’m sure.

    in reply to: natural privacy planting #79613

    Shelley
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    Whatever you do, don’t plant raspberries. They seem like a really good idea at first, but spread by suckers into adjacent areas…. I dig out a large pile every year from my neighbor’s raised bed plantings. They taste great, but they are really invasive.

    I like phoo’s suggestion. I planted 4 grape plants along seventy feet of a really ugly fence my other neighbor put up 8 years ago. The third year we got fair coverage of the fence with little gaps of 3 or 4 feet between the plants. Since then, the grapes have intertwined and last I looked, the main trunks were just under 4 inches diameter. I get a lot of grapes every year. Wow, I never imagined that Seattle would be a good climate for them.

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