Mid-Week Open Thread (2011-06-22)

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About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.

21 comments:

  1. 1
    Island_girl says:

    Tim – really enjoy your blog! Would love to see you do a post on real estate on Bainbridge as it’s an interesting market that is part of Kitsap Co but doesn’t trend like most of Kitsap – more like some areas in Seattle. We have been searching for a house here for several months and find that stuff either sits forever (and then is often taken off the market) or it sells within days of hitting the market.

  2. 2
    Dirty_Renter says:

    These tough times are reminding me of my favorite songwriter – Townes Van Zandt. He penned this many decades ago. If you like Nanci Griffith & Arlo Guthrie…give it a listen:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9GuOp75lMg

  3. 3
    ChrisM says:

    King County as nanny state came up a few days ago:

    http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/King-Co-requires-life-vests-for-swimmers-1432255.php

    “People who hope to beat the summer heat by swimming, floating or boating on rivers in King County must wear a life vest or face an $86 fine.”

    If it saves *one* life it will be worth it!!!!!!! Here’s hoping they outlaw Red Ryder BB guns next. You’ll poke your eye out!

  4. 4
    Sweet Pea says:

    By ChrisM @ 3:

    King County as nanny state came up a few days ago:

    http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/King-Co-requires-life-vests-for-swimmers-1432255.php

    “People who hope to beat the summer heat by swimming, floating or boating on rivers in King County must wear a life vest or face an $86 fine.”

    If it saves *one* life it will be worth it!!!!!!! Here’s hoping they outlaw Red Ryder BB guns next. You’ll poke your eye out!

    Uh, yeah, or some Coast Guard or other rescue / law enforcement member risking his/her life to save an idiot who didn’t wear a life vest because everyone has an inalienable right to be a frickin’ idiot? Maybe they should take a poll of family members before they try to save someone so they can determine whether s/he is unlucky or just an idiot, to avoid all risk of being labeled a nanny state.

    Not remotely real estate related, but this irked me. When it’s your family member who has to do the rescuing, maybe you’ll feel differently.

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  6. 6
    David S says:

    RE: ChrisM @ 3 – Fact: Search and Rescue, Sheriff’s Deputies and the Coast Guard will tell you first hand they rescue people wearing life jackets and recover bodies with no life jackets.

  7. 7

    RE: Sweet Pea @ 4 – I could agree with the boating (probably already the law) and maybe even the floating requirement, but swimming? In any part of any river in King County? That is a nanny state.

  8. 8

    RE: Matthew @ 5 – I think Airbus may hold orders to announce at the air show, where Boeing does less of that. I think we’re looking at relatively the same number of orders for the year, and some numbers for both companies which are just pathetic.

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/files/2011/05/orderschartmay.jpg

  9. 9
    Nick Sincere says:

    Over on the Sex Offender thread, commenter maxrommel seems to have come up with the idea that Tim is a democrat and perhaps even a liberal. I thought it might be helpful to publish a guide to the labels, political or otherwise, that people may associate with themselves. Since a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds and it’s patently obvious that the regulars on here are anything but, this list is purely speculative and open for edit.

    Ira – liberal (admitted)
    David Losh – progressive (hunch)
    Kary – socially liberal, fiscal conservative (hunch)
    Tim – libertarian (hunch)
    Ray Pepper – moderate (or pragmatist but who doesn’t believe they’re that)
    Software Engineer – kind of crazy (so much laughing out loud)
    Scotsman – militant feminist (?)

    For entertainment purposes only, or not.

  10. 10
    mukoh says:

    I like Scotsman definition

  11. 11
    Scotsman says:

    Ira – liberal (admitted)
    David Losh – progressive (hunch)
    Kary – socially liberal, fiscal conservative (hunch)
    Tim – libertarian (hunch)
    Ray Pepper – moderate (or pragmatist but who doesn’t believe they’re that)
    Software Engineer – kind of crazy (so much laughing out loud)
    Scotsman – Libertarian/Conservative
    Mukoh- Nutroot
    pfft- Lost in Space

  12. 12

    Labels On Political Views

    I’ve always felt the label conservative or liberal doesn’t mean a friggin’ thing anymore…the same corporist lobbyists pick out our Dem/Rep candidates and we’re left trying to figure out which ugly sister candidate is less ugly….then they blame us voters for teh mess were in.

    OK, I LOL a lot….I’m half Swede and Skandinavians are known for laughing when faced with mountains….is it less crazy to cry when faced with a mountain????

    Other political label BS: making sure we’re politically correct to the far left or far right….how about PC to centrist mainstream voter view points too???

  13. 13
    The Tim says:

    Over on the Bogeyman thread, MichaelB declared that “This may actually be the day that your blog ‘jumped the shark.'”

    Unfortunately he’s too late. We jumped the shark here in March 2009. And again in September 2009. And November 2009. Oh and December 2009.

  14. 14
    wreckingbull says:

    RE: Dirty_Renter @ 2 – My favorite songwriter, commenting on the times. Great guitarist too. BTW, he often covers Van Zandt’s “Rex’s Blues”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbWRfBZY-ng

  15. 15

    By Scotsman @ 11:

    Ira � liberal (admitted), but with anarchist tendencies and fairly conservative on fiscal matters.
    David Losh � progressive (hunch)
    Kary � socially liberal, fiscal conservative (hunch)
    Tim � libertarian (hunch)
    Ray Pepper â�� moderate (or pragmatist but who doesnâ��t believe theyâ��re that) I just don’t think Ray pays much attention to politics
    Software Engineer â�� kind of crazy (so much laughing out loud)…just kind of?
    Scotsman â�� Libertarian/Conservative,… but with the heart of a liberal
    Mukoh- Nutroot
    pfft- Lost in Space

  16. 16
    Scotsman says:

    RE: The Tim @ 13

    Yeah, 2009 was a good year for shark jumping, but iIt’s fallen off since then. Glad to see you’ve still got it . . . ;-)

  17. 17
    mukoh says:

    RE: Scotsman @ 11 – Liberal Conservative how do you come up with that one? Like a straight bi guy? Or a hippie whale hunter? LOL

  18. 18

    By Scotsman @ 11:

    I
    Kary � socially liberal, fiscal conservative (hunch)

    I’m all over the board on different issues, although socially liberal would get you to the right guess more often than not. Fiscally, I actually liked the stimulus, Tarp, etc., but if I were running things the existing deficit wouldn’t have been so high and the stimulus would have been much more concentrated in time.

  19. 19
    Nick Sincere says:

    RE: softwarengineer @ 12

    LOL….

    It Was A Joke Meant To Lighten Things Up

    After the choco-storm that was the Sex Offender Post…

  20. 20
    Scotsman says:

    RE: mukoh @ 17

    Yo, DUDE! L-I-B-E-R-T-A-R-I-A-N. Not Liberal. I know, I know- reading is hard. Suck it up and try again- you can do it, yes you can!!

  21. 21
    mukoh says:

    Scotsman, you got to make more labels for yourself just two is not enough. Have to make more. :)

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