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An important message from SPD re: emergency services

Remember when everyone and their grandma piled downtown and was like DOOP DOOP LET’S INSTAGRAM because the Hawks won the Super Bowl? Well, the Torchlight Parade is coming this week and in addition to throttling traffic, it will also apparently overwhelm downtown cell towers which are made of pipe-cleaners or something and can’t handle a lot of people all texting their parade pix at once. 

Our BFF Sean Whitcomb has this to say:

If you’re unable to reach our 911 Call Center in the event your cell phone provider’s network becomes bogged down by a flood of phone calls, tweets and Facebook updates from Torchlight, you can still access emergency services at the parade. Simply locate one the many uniformed police officers or other public safety personnel working along the parade route and ask for assistance.

If you plan on attending Torchlight, you can help keep networks moving smoothly by limiting your phone calls and social media use at the parade and using texts to communicate with friends and family.

So we don’t wanna see an ‘Grams of the parade. Partially because pictures of parades are fucking. Boring. But also because of the safety. 

THE ADMIRAL THEATER MIGHT CLOSE ALONG WITH MY CHILDHOOD HOPES AND DREAMS

UGH UGH UGH. The PI picked up a report by the West Seattle Herald that things don’t look too great for the theater…

 The Admiral has two theaters (once only one) each with 345 seats and two aging film projectors. The cost to replace them, refurbish the theater and make it viable is high. Brein, estimates the cost at $500,000 plus. Digital projectors alone can run over $70,000 each and the refurbishing, remodeling of the building and systems in it would not be cheap.

Not cheap, unlike seeing movies there. It was seriously the only place I saw movies as a kid, because as a second-run theater that shit was like $2 in 1993 money (only $6 now!), with the only exception being that we sprung for the Cinerama for Apollo 13 because my dad wanted to see all the fire and stuff.

Keep in mind that this is especially sad — other neighborhood theaters that have faced closure, while super-sad, were in neighborhoods with other theaters that could serve the community. West Seattle has the Admiral, and only the Admiral, which makes it a super-important community feature. Everyone uses it. They play everything from Disney matinees to midnighters, like the monthly live Rocky Horror showing, which was a staple of my adolescence.

SO WHAT CAN BE DONE?? A study cited by the Herald piece says that if they converted to a four-plex it would be more viable, but it’s a big investment, so if the theater goes under it might end up being some kind of non-theater venue. Since the Admiral is owned by a small business that has other theaters in small communities to worry about, it’s a very real possibility.

SIFF is scooping up theaters like a whale scoops plankton lately, but the Admiral would pose a particular challenge in a neighborhood that’s accustomed to their cheap, relatively mainstream theater. Although the neighborhood might love some Happy Sparkle Singalong Pajama Time that followed Clinton to the org…

My real hope is that someone in the community has just been waiting for this opportunity and does a Kickstarter or something to restore the joint to its former glory. All it needs is someone to love it.

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Behold this thing of beauty. An integrated streetcar system connecting South Lake Union, Downtown, Pioneer Square, Chinatown/International District, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, and Capitol Hill. It brings a tear to my transit loving eye.
The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 yesterday to accept the First Avenue alignment as the preferred alternative for the missing downtown link, and voted to pursue funding to make this thing a reality.
Sure, even if they got the full $75 million they’re applying for a $40 million funding gap would exist. And sure, the City doesn’t have that money and are in fact seeking to acquire that exact sum in November in hopes of preventing a massive shut-down of our existing bus transit system.
But those are pesky details that get in the way of the dream. The dream of transit that makes rich folks and tourists feel good. But hey, if we’re going to have a streetcar system, we might as damn well make it useful by connecting the damn things. 

Behold this thing of beauty. An integrated streetcar system connecting South Lake Union, Downtown, Pioneer Square, Chinatown/International District, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, and Capitol Hill. It brings a tear to my transit loving eye.

The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 yesterday to accept the First Avenue alignment as the preferred alternative for the missing downtown link, and voted to pursue funding to make this thing a reality.

Sure, even if they got the full $75 million they’re applying for a $40 million funding gap would exist. And sure, the City doesn’t have that money and are in fact seeking to acquire that exact sum in November in hopes of preventing a massive shut-down of our existing bus transit system.

But those are pesky details that get in the way of the dream. The dream of transit that makes rich folks and tourists feel good. But hey, if we’re going to have a streetcar system, we might as damn well make it useful by connecting the damn things. 

Pete Holmes wants more pot stores

City Attorney and Confirmed Marijuana Enthusiast Pete Holmes is looking for clarification re: the bullshittery that is our lack of access to delicious pot food — but, and they kind of buried the lede on this one, he’s also looking to get us more pot shops.

Among other recommendations, Holmes requested that the Board deny licenses to applicants who have not paid local taxes and that it increase the number of retail licenses in Seattle, now at 21, to ensure that the legal market has enough supply to supplant the illegal market.

Pete, you don’t have to lie to kick it. We know you want more pot stores so that it’s easier to get your pot and not have to take it to work with you.

We all want that.

Buying pets makes you a dick; here’s where to adopt in Seattle

Today is apparently No Pet Store Puppies day (according to the ASPCA) which makes it as good a time as any to remind you that Seattle is overflowing with options vis-a-vis pet adoption, rather than purchase.

A cool thing about Seattle is that we have basically no pet stores that churn out breeder puppies to any old dullard who walks by. However, we’re not immune to the impacts of puppy mills and tons of uninformed people keep buying their dogs like dumb idiots who don’t give a shit about anything. 

Seriously, buying a dog rather than adopting it is a dumbshit thing to do and yes we are judging you. Doesn’t matter how cute that Frenchie puppy is, it does not make up for the fact that almost 4 million perfectly good pets are euthanized every year because assholes go to asshole breeders and buy asshole dogs.

DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE.

Instead, go to:

The Seattle Humane Society

The Seattle Animal Shelter

PAWS

Regional Animal Services of King County

Pasado’s Safe Haven

Homeward Pet

Puget Sound Rescue

AND SO MANY MORE! There are even breed-specific rescue orgs for popular breeds like Italian Greyhounds and pugs and cats with smushy faces

So! Don’t be a dick. Adopt your BFF instead.