29 Nov

Cheap Eats

I am always looking for cheap eats. Who isn’t, really? So I got a kick out of the Cheap Eats blog that I stumbled on today. Unfortunately they don’t talk about Seattle cheap eats — hey, the nearest Del Taco is probably in California — but it’s not all fast food.

Here’s a more local Cheap Eatin’ recommendation: the Tostadas de Camarones at Taqueria El Rinconsito — less than $5 and way tasty. I wish they’d open a branch up here on Beacon Hill.

24 Nov

TBT Towing lives!

A follow-up to the story that began here almost two years ago:

TBT Towing gets to stay in business for now, though they will have to pay financial penalties. They lost their towing license, but the revocation has been stayed unless they are caught in violation of the law again. Apparently TBT hasn’t generated any complaints to the DoL in over a year, and this had something to do with the leniency granted them. (This is interesting, since the thread generated by last year’s post contains quite a few complaints by folks who were towed by TBT more recently, including this comment by someone who says she contacted the DoL to file a complaint. It makes you wonder.)

09 Nov

What we could have had

pro-monorail poster

Instead, we get this.

Nice work, idiots. So what are you going to use to get from West Seattle to anywhere on the west side of the city when the viaduct goes down for repair?

As I mentioned on another site earlier — the monorail board was so inept and stupid at every turn that one almost wonders if the murder of the monorail project was an inside job.

I would really, really like to live somewhere where they actually build transit projects instead of putting them up for multiple elections until they can kill them. (Five, this time. The monorail won four times. But the fifth one — which never should have happened — killed it.)

And you ex-monorail supporters? Shame on you. Maybe you thought the current plan was screwed up, and maybe it was. But by voting no, you’ve probably ensured that there will be no alternative for a very long time.

The original Seattle Center monorail opened 3 years before I was born. I was kind of hoping to see it expanded sometime before I’m too old to enjoy using it.

08 Nov

Pattern: Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers

This is a bit different from my other knitting posts. Because this time, I not only finished knitting something… I designed it and wrote up a pattern for it as well.

I basically wanted wristwarmers that didn’t cover the thumb or the knuckles, because the ones I have that do interfere with my typing. And I wanted to try a cable, a really obvious one. But not just a plain rope cable, as that seemed a little too boring. So I went off looking for a cable pattern I liked that would fit on the back of the wristwarmers. I found a loose braid in the Knitters’ Bible (I think) and liked it, so that is what I used.

I gave the wristwarmers ribbed cuffs and a two-row buttonhole-style thumbhole. They are made of Cascade Pastaza, bulky yarn that is 50% Peruvian Highland Wool/50% Llama wool. I am wearing them now as I type this. 🙂

You can download the pattern I wrote right here. If you like it, please let me know.

Here are a couple more pics (click to see the larger ones at Flickr):

Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers, shadowed Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers

Some people have made these wristwarmers and posted their own pictures! I will link to photos here, so send me your URL if you post pictures of wristwarmers knitted from my pattern:

03 Nov

Cockroaches in places cockroaches should never be

Simultaneously the funniest and the most disgusting thing I’ve read today (but completely work-safe!): a guy on AskMetafilter asking for advice dealing with the cockroach stuck inside his microwave LCD screen. Ugh. I am so glad I live in Seattle where roaches are very, very rare. (Unless you live at 4541 Brooklyn Avenue NE in the U District, which was a terribly infested building back in 1985 when I moved in. And moved out two months later. But that is another story.) The latest photo shows the roaches are multiplying! There are probably hundreds of them in there, waiting to swarm out like Creepshow!

02 Nov

Are you receiving me?

Hopefully you are seeing the blog and all of its posts today. We have been working on migrating slumberland.org to a new server. For 3 or 4 days the blog was partially migrated, but not completely, so I couldn’t post. Now I think everything is OK. I hope to post a few things this week as things get back to normal.

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