Weekly Tweets 2011-05-29

  • I checked in at Michael's Seafood & Steakhouse (117B E 1st St) on #Yelp http://bit.ly/dudEco #
  • Bookshelf in restaurant has one called Heave Ho: the Little Book of Seasickness Location: http://is.gd/Vyr8Ap #
  • A day without Rapture is a day without #
  • Spent the day driving around Olympic National Park, lunch at Lake Crescent Lodge. http://twitpic.com/51bjfb #
  • A day without Rapture is a day without #
  • Beautiful sunny day. Eagles flying and calling in early morning at b&b. #fb #
  • Rural sign humor: we just passed Uptha Creek in Joyce, WA #fb #
  • Headed back into town. Passed Uptha Creek again, also Itsa Creek and Issadam Ditch. #fb #
  • RT @Shoq Dear Republican Party: On behalf of the millions of us who don't watch Fox and see through your bullshit, let me say: fuck you #p2 #
  • Just stopped for a quick taste at a Olympic Cellars Winery on our way out of Port Angeles. http://www.olympiccellars.blogspot.com/ #
  • Sad to say goodbye to the nesting eagles and amazing food at Colette's Bed and Breakfast in Port Angeles http://www.colettes.com/ #
  • Left Kalaloch Lodge a day early. I like rustic cabins, but the accomodations were a bit too Spartan (although the view was breathtaking). #
  • Headed to Hoquiam to meet up with friends. #fb #
  • Settled in Seattle for the night. #FB #
  • Headed to Hoquiam to meet up with friends. #fb #
  • Oh great, #Rapture 2.5 is the week before my fourth rezzday. Better move up the party date! #SecondLife http://is.gd/Dj6jbc #
  • Lined up for the Bainbridge ferry, going over for the day. What's this "sunshine" stuff we're having? #fb #
  • News from @StNickEpiscopal is online today: Memorial Day thoughts from Father Manny http://is.gd/nObISA #
  • I checked in at Hot Shots Java (18881 Front St NE) on #Yelp http://bit.ly/j8gd7a #
  • Lined up for return ferry to Seattle. As we turned in to Winslow ferry terminal nav system said "continue on this road for 8 1/4 miles." #fb #
  • Caught the #16 bus to go back on the ferry to Winslow to retrieve my purse. Adventurrrrre! #fb #
  • Just stepped off the 16, walked straight into Colman terminal, paid fare, walked onto ferry. Public transportation WIN #fb #
  • And ferry underway. 3 cruise ships in port. It's a beautiful day at sea, sir! #fb #
  • Scenic route due to inbound container ship. #ferry http://moby.to/f5dbnk #fb #
  • Bus driver kindly told me "you're good" when I realized the fare is $2.50, not the two bucks I paid. #Seattle #fb #
  • Then the driver and a regular rider named Chandra hollered happily at her brother, who happened to be at the route terminus. #Seattle #
  • About to pull in to Winslow. #fb #
  • Yesterday: Cafe Nola, Blackbird Cafe, Bloedel Reserve, Port Gamble, Hot Shots Java in Poulsbo, Doc's Marina, Fork and Spoon. #fb #
  • Handoff… succeeded. Have purse, can travel. Whew! Thanks, Kevin! #fb #
  • "One Nation" plastered all over bus. "Under God" bludgeoned all over us. Let's campaign the lazy, half-term way! #
  • Don't bother campaigning in boring one-eyed Iowa burgs, just throw together a video and relax with the latest Naughty Monkey catalog. #Palin #
  • Bet there's a Gulfstream standing by between "bus stops." #Palin #
  • And ferry underway. 3 cruise ships in port. It's a beautiful day at sea, sir! #fb #
  • Must tell my in-laws about @RepJoeWalsh statement: most aren't "pro-Israel enough" for him either. http://is.gd/NtqXNZ #
  • Ferry about to arrive back at Seattle, then back to the #16 bus via the stop right out front. #fb #
  • Ferry docking. #fb #
  • Walked off ferry, right onto bus. Transfer expired, may ride to edge of ride-free area and walk to hotel. #qualifiedWIN #fb #
  • Interesting: per @markos @RepJoeWalsh may have to battle Hultgren for the IL-14 seat. #redistmas http://is.gd/kiXfrV! #
  • Almost back to hotel. Sweet! #fb #
  • Back at hotel, mischief managed. #fb #
  • I checked in at McCormick & Schmick's Harborside (1200 Westlake Ave N) on #Yelp http://bit.ly/dtFckX #
  • Wandered on foot to the Center for Wooden Boats, around new MOHAI, then McCormick and Schmick's for lunch. #fb #
  • First #Utilikilt sighting of #NWFolkLife and he's a Steampunk! #
  • Sea Chanty singing pirates, Huzzah! #NWFolkLife #
  • Another #Utilikilt a very mature specimen. Better keep a running tally. Also: one guy in a flowery skirt. #NWFolkLife #
  • Amazing Persian/Moroccan/Andalusian music: Seffarine #NWFolkLife http://www.seffarine.com/ #
  • First official act seen: Broadside and the Handsome Cabin Boys #NWFolkLife http://is.gd/UhzncS #
  • This duo Seffarine… amazing virtuoso singing. A real find. Must. Get. CD. #NWFolkLife #
  • I checked in at Racha Noodle & Thai Cuisine (23 Mercer St) on #Yelp http://bit.ly/d1wGNM #
  • Dinner break at Racha Thai. I remember when this was a Bartel's Drug. #Seattle #Myoldneighborhood #
  • My belleh haz a happeee. #fb #
  • Caught some of Nae Regrets punk-trad-bagpipe-rock too. http://www.naeregrets.com/ #NWFolkLife #
  • Diebold employee swaps fake cash for real, steals $200,000, on run for 10 months. What else? Votes?http://is.gd/7NZNxs #
  • Had an early night last night. David's hiking boots died so headed to REI Mothership, then back for more music. #NWFolkLife #Seattle #
  • Seattle Kokon Taiko: big happy drums #NWFolkLife #
  • Some interesting outfits and style choices; the toddler with the cornrow $ on the top of his head was kind of a shock. #NWFolkLife #
  • Great sea shanties just now by Shanghaied by Willamette #NWFolkLife http://shanghaied.biz/ #

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Review: Seattle-SeaTac Intl Airport

We stayed one night at the Holiday Inn Seattle-SeaTac International Airport. It was a really late check-in as our flight on United (boo) was late, but David had paid to get us Economy Plus seats so we were one of the first people off the plane (yay).

Getting to the hotel was the hardest part of the evening, no small feat with brains partly shut down with travel stress and legs still getting used to working again after 4 hours in the air. Seatac has changed somewhat since my days of living in Seattle and flying in and out of there; there are now “transportation islands” which are reached from baggage claim via an escalator trip upstairs, a skybridge across the traffic, then back down to the ground level (people who carry on, just carry on forward and skip the trip down one level to the carousels). Once there, you have to know where to head – the intercom boards, with direct phone lines to hotels and park’n fly operators – are discreet metal kiosks dotted along the “island,” on the side closest to the parking garage. We got in contact with the van driver originally by calling the hotel direct, were transferred to his cell, and given instructions on where to go to wait for him to come back.

Eventually, he turned up and got us on our way, and a very hard working guy he was, too.

The lobby area was small, especially considering the large amount of cruise-group traffic that seemed to be using the hotel. But it was plusher and more richly colored than most Holiday Inns. The room, once we got in it, was bigger and nicer than Holiday Inns have been (in my experience, mostly limited to locations on major highways). The bed was really comfortable, which was a bonus as I haven’t had great luck with beds or bedding in mid-priced chain hotels.

No breakfast included, so we ate a pretty nice buffet-style breakfast in their restaurant, which doubled as a cozy pub in the evenings (with some very nice offerings, judging by the beer-pump handles). The only real drawback was that we would have had to pay for parking, but the next morning when we retrieved the rental car from Avis, we knew that when we brought it back, we had 20 minutes free parking for “loading.” So we use the iPhone’s stopwatch to time ourselves (our stuff was packed up and ready to go aside from toiletries) and made the deadline with about 2 minutes to spare.

So if you decide to overnight in Seattle at the Holiday Inn, whether you’re traveling inbound or outbound, time your rental car so that you don’t have it with you at the hotel. Drop it off when you check in, or pick it up when you check out, and you’ll save.

Just don’t take longer than 20 minutes on the clock.
Via SEATTLE Hotels – Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts SEATTLE-SEATAC INTL AIRPORT Hotel in SEATTLE | Book Direct for Best Rates

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Say It Ain’t So, Teabagger Joe

My Congressman is Rep. Joe Walsh, and he’s having a bad week. First he makes this obnoxious and cluelessly racist statement about why Obama got elected – due to “white guilt” and the ability to sound smart and educated… And then he goes on to insult American Jews who aren’t supportive enough of the State of Israel.

Oy. first the Obama gaffe, then a later post with the reaction from smart, educated American Jews.

“Why was he elected? Again, it comes back to who he was. He was black, he was historic. And there’s nothing racist about this. It is what it is. If he had been a dynamic, white, state senator elected to Congress he wouldn’t have gotten in the game this fast. This is what made him different. That, combined with the fact that your profession”—another friendly tap of the bumper sticker—”not you, but your profession, was just absolutely compliant. They made up their minds early that they were in love with him. They were in love with him because they thought he was a good liberal guy and they were in love with him because he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.”

via Rep. Joe Walsh: He’ll say anything, which is why he’s interviewed everywhere. – By David Weigel – Slate Magazine.

Crap! Leave No Purse Behind, Dammit!


The bad news: I left my purse behind on Bainbridge Island yesterday and discovered this AFTER we made the ferry to Seattle with minutes to spare.

The good news: it was at Fork and Spoon, the last place we were, and my friend Kevin was able to retrieve it.

The middling news: I have to go back this morning and meet Kevin on the pedestrian ramp on the Winslow side.

The not-bad-at-all news: the Number 16 bus goes direct from the hotel to the ferry terminal, so I’m off reconnecting with my earlier bus-riding self while David relaxes at the hotel (and does laundry).

Bus seems to be late but others are waiting, I’ll call Kevin from the ferry…oh hey! Here’s the bus.

Comment is free | O’Lielly Lies, Savage Savaged, Hannity Ho-Hum

How our right-wing talkers are explained to the British by one of the Guardian’s columnists: don’t miss the bit where Michael Savage, banned from travel to Britain, whines about Obama’s ecstatic reception in Ireland. I liked this bit where BillO grouses that FOXNews don’t get no respect.

It is understandable why O’Reilly would be concerned about losing advertisers in light of the recent cancellation of his colleague Glenn Beck’s show. Though no official reason was given for the programme’s cancellation, it is widely speculated that the loss of revenue resulting from the Stopbeck campaign’s call for an advertiser boycott had something to do with it. Now the DropFox campaign is calling on companies to reconsider advertising on other Fox News programmes if, as Ilyse Hogue, project director of DropFox, puts it, “allying their brand with Fox News may be at odds with the values of their customer base”.

via The Right Word: outrage and betrayal | Sadhbh Walshe | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.