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Jet City Espresso

Jet City Espresso

Jet City Espresso

Once upon a time, there was a nifty little espresso shop just south of Seattle.  Scratch that – it’s still there!

Jet City Espresso was supposed to close at the end of last month, but according to the Renton Reporter, it is going to stay open until at least the end of this month:

Jet City was supposed to vacate its Second and Main corner shop by Aug. 31, to make room for a six-story apartment and retail complex called Second and Main Apartments. But the project is behind schedule, and Natelson was granted more time. Now Jet City has until the end of September, maybe longer.

The charm takes a backseat to the fine cups of coffee they having brewing, but it’s all worth the short drive down to Renton.  If you have a chance, head down and try it out!

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September 23, 2008 Posted by | Musings, News | , | 2 Comments

The Link Rundown

I’m worthless.  As John Cho would say, I am not worthwhile.  I claimed to be bringing the blog back, then let it sit dormant for weeks on end.  But have no fear!  I bring you a mass quantity of links (some of them old) for your viewing pleasure; enjoy!

A.V. Club Interview with Rainn Wilson
Who doesn’t love Rainn Wilson?  This interview has some good background information, although a lot of it is about The Rocker, which we all know flopped miserably.  Still worth it for gems such as this regarding Juno: ” Sexual tension… I think Ellen Page is hott, double-t hott. All that sexual tension will probably be on the 25th-anniversary DVD as the torrid erotic scenes between Rollo and Juno. I think they bathe in a bathtub of Sunny D and get it on.”

Better Late Than Never: Watchmen
With the greatest graphic novel of all time coming to the big screen next year, there has been a lot of hoopla surrounding the release (including Fox suing Warner Bros. over rights issues).  This article tells you why the story is so incredible, and why everyone should read it.

Former SuperSonics owner dropping Bennett lawsuit
I just wanted to make sure you saw what a slimy hack Howard Schulz is (at least in the sports world…I’m not necessarily judging his coffee or business ethics).  He tries to save face by suing Clay Bennett after he realizes the city of Seattle hates the fact that he sold it a businessman from a city desparetely in want of an NBA team, and then slips it out late on a Friday that he’s dropping the lawsuit.  For shame, Howard.

Heart to McCain campaign: stop using “Barracuda”
Nothing makes me happier than a great rock band telling an old fart to screw off.  And a local great rock band at that!

Yes, it was a terrible call Husky nation
Ted Miller gets all the points right, including the fact that the call isn’t what made us lose the game.  The referees should be suspended, but so should our pathetic defense and inept offense.  I still support Tyrone Willingham, but I won’t object if he’s gone after this season because we don’t go to a bowl game.

That’s all for now, hopefully I’ll be back soon with more great ramblings and links!

September 16, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Movies, News, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Snow!

Snow in Seattle?

Yes.

No.

Well, maybe.

The Seattle P.I. reports that we may be getting up to 3″ today:

Up to 3 inches of snow could fall in the Seattle area from Saturday through Sunday with temperatures from the high 20s to the low 40s, said Chris Burke, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

But KOMO reports something a bit different:

We have a very complex weather pattern setting up for Saturday, which features a weather system sliding down from the north, meeting up with a weather system moving up from the south, and combining with some air that will be well above freezing by the time both systems arrive, but dry enough that it won’t stay above freezing for long.

The bottom line, we’ll have areas of rain or snow, or a rain/snow mix, or sleet, or even some freezing rain. A SNOW ADVISORY is in effect for the east Puget Sound foothills, and western Snohomish and Skagit Counties from 4 p.m. Saturday through 4 a.m. Sunday.

And my weather widget reports something else:

Snow

So who are we supposed to believe???

January 26, 2008 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Daily Topics!

Alright, faithful readers (all 5 of you), I’ve decided to narrow down the scope of this blog and have each day represent a specific topic to talk about.  I’m open to any and all suggestions (although, keep them broad; as in “Books” rather than “The Collected Works of Charles Dickens”).  This is to not only make it easier to blog (as I’ll have a more defined path for each day), it will also make it more interesting for the reader (so you know that at least once a week I’m blogging about Topic X that you are a fan of).  So here are the few ideas I’ve thought of; please leave any others you may have in the comments!

  • Movies/Television (this could be two separate days as well)
  • Sports
  • Tech Topics
  • Seattle
  • Music
  • News/Politics
  • Books (this might be more of a monthly topic, as I don’t read as much as my high school English teacher probably wishes I did)

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Movies, Music, Musings, News, Politics, Sports, Technology, Television | , | 3 Comments

I Thought You Had To Have A License For These Things…

From the P.I.:

Seattle police were sent to a reported drive-by shooting early Wednesday, only to discover the shooting was self-inflicted.

The gunfire was reported just after 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street, police spokeswoman Renee Witt said.

When officers arrived, they found one victim suffering from a self-inflicted injury, apparently accidental, that left the person with a grazing gunshot wound to the thigh.

Ridiculous.  How do you not know you’ve shot yourself?  Well, at 12:30 in the morning, it is probably because you are drunk.  Good idea, fellow Seattleite.  Drink and shoot.  They go hand in hand, don’t they?

January 2, 2008 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

France Is Weird

Can someone explain how this policy helps consumers? From Macworld:

Retail prices, particularly of books, are tightly regulated in France.

Using “loss-leaders,” or selling products below cost to attract customers, is illegal. Other restrictions apply to books — retailers must not offer discounts of more than 5 percent on the publisher’s recommended price. Many independent booksellers choose to offer this discount in the form of a loyalty bonus based on previous purchases. Larger booksellers simply slash the sticker price of books.

Maybe the French public just don’t know the difference, but whenever I buy something over $20 (such as a hardback book) I always search around for the cheapest place I can get it from. If the cheapest possible would be $19, I’d be a little unhappy.

Or maybe that’s just the American in me looking for the great deal. Whatever the case, I feel that it’s a little ridiculous that this one segment of the market is so tightly regulated. Does it apply to Audiobooks? Am I taxed for buying something on a trip for much cheaper and bringing it into France?

(The full article is about the French courts telling Amazon.com that they can no longer offer free shipping on books within France, as it breaks this 5% law.)

December 12, 2007 Posted by | News | , , , | 1 Comment

You, Sir, Are An Idiot

And so is anyone who votes for him (from CNN):

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee refused to retract a statement he made in 1992 calling for the isolation of AIDS patients.

Responding to an Associated Press questionnaire, Huckabee said steps should be taken to “isolate the carriers of this plague” during his failed run for a U.S. Senate seat from Arkansas 15 years ago.

He said he probably would not make the same statement today because of what is known about how HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is transmitted.

“I had simply made the point — and I still believe this today — that in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when we didn’t know as much as we do now about AIDS, we were acting more out of political correctness than we were about the normal public health protocols that we would have acted,” Huckabee told Fox News on Sunday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded in 1985 that AIDS was not transmitted by casual contact. But Huckabee said at the time, “there were other concerns being voiced by public health officials.”

December 10, 2007 Posted by | News, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

My Parents Are Okay!

For all of those concerned, I got a call from my mother today. Her and my father are a-okay, safely back home. They drove home this afternoon safe and sound, finally getting back in cell phone service after being without power for days. Her exact words were, “It’s nice to have heat again.”

From the Seattle P.I.:


Picture property of the Associated Press. Used without permission.

In other news, I-5 is closed between mile markers 88 and 68, as you can see above. This puts a bit of a damper on the trip to Portland that Kate and I are supposed to be taking on Thursday. But we’re not driving through Yakima. Fuck that. We’re going to take a secret route…shh…don’t tell…

I’ll let you know later in the week if it works out.

December 4, 2007 Posted by | Musings, News, Pictures | , , , , , | 1 Comment

I Was Lucky

Judging from reports around the city (and the entire Pacific Northwest), I made it out pretty lucky in today’s rainstorm. For those that don’t know, near-record rainfall has been cascading down in Seattle (from the P.I.):

By late afternoon Monday, nearly 6 billion gallons of rain — the rough equivalent of six Green Lakes — had fallen, making it the second-wettest day in Seattle history.

That’s a bit ridiculous. Now, I’m not saying I was in the biggest risk area, as I’ve seen much worse footage on TV than anything I’ve driven through today (with the exception of 25th Ave NE just north of NE 75th St; my friend’s Colin, Tony, and James live right across from a clogged drain that covered the entire street and came close to invading their house; lucky for them a Seattle Utilities crew came out and partially unclogged it so now only half of the street is a swimming pool). All I am saying is that I live on a basement unit of a building built into a hill, so the chances of flooding were a bit higher for myself than for, say, those of you living in second level or higher units. That’s all.

I mean, this could have been me:

“It felt like we were on the Titanic,” said Randy Carter, who awoke at 4 a.m. Monday to lights from utility trucks and the realization that his apartment in the Jackson Greens complex in North Seattle was flooded to evacuation levels with three feet of water.

And I feel for Mr. Carter, but I’m also thankful that I was not victim to that.

The only other thing I’m worried about now is how my parents are doing. They’re currently stuck down in Lincoln City, where the winds have taken out so many trees that there are no major routes out.  This picture, from KATU, was taken less than a mile from their beach house:

From KATU:

Highways 26, 6, 18 and 30 all were closed Monday morning, isolating coastal communities. Many areas lost power as winds measuring near 100 mph battered towns and building. Trees blew over, buildings sustained damage and debris blew down streets in Tillamook, where the Wilson River began flowing down the lanes of Highway 101, which was also closed in several locations.

“This storm is hitting the coast so hard, it’s not leaving any road open,” Department of Transportation spokeswoman Christine Miles said.

And:

Highway 26 linking the coast to the Willamette Valley was closed in the Coast Range due to treacherous conditions. Mudslides, downed trees and water over roadways also closed Highway 30 near the Columbia-Clatsop County line.

My mom called me last night to let me know they weren’t going to make it out before the storm so they were going to sit tight and wait it out. The problem is that the power is out all over the coast, so they can’t even get on their cell phones to call out.

So we’ll see. I’ll give you an update in the next few days once I talk to them.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | Musings, News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

As Seen On MySpace!

From the Seattle P.I.:

A 21-year-old man, whom police identified in part through photographs on MySpace.com, has been charged with three counts of assault stemming from last month’s shooting at Capitol Hill’s Sugar nightclub.

Michael Anthony Bassett is accused of shooting three people inside the club at 916 E. Pike St. on Nov. 19, critically wounding one with a shot to the abdomen.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment