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.

21 comments:

  1. 1
    AJ says:

    Those are really two rather stark choices. No chores that one enjoys?

  2. 2
    The Tim says:

    RE: AJ @ 1 – I’m just curious about how people generally lean. Enjoy driving or do not enjoy driving.

  3. 3

    It would be interesting to know where the people voting live. Driving in King County is not as fun as driving in Kitsap or Mason County, as an example. In most of King County you might as well be driving a pickup truck instead of a Porsche. Ironically, when you go to Kitsap and Mason counties, you mainly see pickups and SUVs.

  4. 4
    redmondjp says:

    When I was younger, I would have answered for leisure.

    I still enjoy driving in Eastern WA where I often have the entire road to myself, and the biggest danger is a coyote or deer on the road. There is one section of Highway 240 crossing the Hanford site that is arrow-straight for five miles that I used to take full advantage of in my younger, singler, pre-minivan years . . .

    I spend 1-1.5 hours per weekday on 405. There is no joy in that. I’d take the bus but that adds another hour per day, so I choose the lesser evil. The number of people I see in traffic who spend 75% of their time looking down at something in their lap is simply staggering, and always concerns me when they are directly behind me.

  5. 5
    Erik says:

    My mom says everytime she rides in my truck she feels like she just got the sh!t beat out of her. If I drove a nice smooth running machine it would be different. I have been rolling my 2000 2wd slightly lowered frontier for 14 years and 300k miles. I feel like my pickup has finally caught its stride and runs like a champ. When someone hits me, I collect the cash and fix my truck myself with a rattle can. Low money stress will result in more happiness than a comfortable ride.

  6. 6
    Josie says:

    I dislike driving intensely. I am searching for a Seattle condo with a high Walk Score so I can ditch my car for good. I enjoy taking public transit and walking, rather than driving.

  7. 7

    After Getting a Taste of Old Empty Seattle Freeways from the 60s and the 70s

    This summer in Kansas City empty 70 mph freeways; its leisure there and a pain in the _utt here.

  8. 8
    Blurtman says:

    RE: softwarengineer @ 7 – Most folks there still using horses?

  9. 9
    David B. says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 3 – I’m currently living in Kitsap County and drive a pickup. I use it primarily to for getting to trailheads and campsites (I get around by bicycle or ferry mostly, othewise). It can reach posted speed limits just fine; I don’t need a vehicle that can go 130 mph. Having something with high ground clearance is a plus because the most secluded and private dispersed camp sites tend to be on the roughest roads.

  10. 10
    David B. says:

    Oh, and driving I do is somewhere between a chore and a leisure activity. I do it as part of getting out to the woods, but the hiking and camping are really the leisure activity — not the driving to get there.

    If private automobiles were rare, cities wouldn’t have sprawled very much and it wouldn’t be necessary to drive a car to escape them, so the use I put my vehicle to is one that was essentially necessitated by widespread private vehicle ownership and use in the first place.

  11. 11

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 3

    The Retirees in King County Have One Alternative for Commutes the Workers Don’t Have

    They plan in all their weekday freeway driving from 10A-2p…

  12. 12
  13. 13

    By David B. @ 9:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 3 – I’m currently living in Kitsap County and drive a pickup. I use it primarily to for getting to trailheads and campsites (I get around by bicycle or ferry mostly, othewise). It can reach posted speed limits just fine; I don’t need a vehicle that can go 130 mph. Having something with high ground clearance is a plus because the most secluded and private dispersed camp sites tend to be on the roughest roads.

    I grew up over there, and the roads outside the cities are well suited for sports cars–that’s what I was referencing. The roads are fun, or at least there were before the lowered the speed limits in so many places. Probably because of all the pickup trucks! ;-)

    They do get a lot more snow in many areas over there, so 4WD or AWD would be helpful, but not necessary.

  14. 14
    Macro Investor says:

    By Erik @ 5:

    My mom says everytime she rides in my truck she feels like she just got the sh!t beat out of her.

    That’s weird. I would have thought all those years of pole dancing would have toughened her up more.

  15. 15
    Erik says:

    RE: Macro Investor @ 14
    Taking pot shots at my family members now. What my mom does on a pole is none of your damn business. I will not come down to your level you dirt bag.

    What I have always thought was hilarious about your character is that you call yourself Macro Investor as in you can see the entire field. When I read your comments, it is apparent that you know probably the least on here. That is why I call you Macro Idiot. You are a big idiot. People try to define themselves how they want to be viewed which is usually opposite of what they actually are. Take wreckingbull for example. Wreckingbull is a name that would indicate someone is powerful and tough. Wreckingbull is the opposite of that. He is meek and meager in real life as you are a macro idiot in real life.

    I stacked 128,000 chips and got my masters degree in mechanical engineering from UW while fighting with you on here everyday. You and the other moron I ran off of here, what was his name? Ah yes, 3rd Generation AKA trust fund baby. Anyway, as I was saying, I stacked 128,000 chips in yours and trust fund babies face, so you can kiss my fat a$$. I beat you and it’s time for you to tuck your tail between your legs and scamper off. I won. You lost.

    And if I EVER EVER EVER hear you talking bad about Tim and his postings again, I am going to see that you are not allowed back. We don’t need trash like you polluting the internet. I will not let some car wash attendant speak to me like that.

  16. 16

    I’m really shocked by these numbers. I grew up riding dirt bikes and driving boats long before I was 16, and consider driving fun. But as I mentioned, King County isn’t as fun. King County is to more rural areas like Kitsap as riding a road bike is to riding a dirt bike.

  17. 17
    redmondjp says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 16 – Why are you shocked? Young people today (in general) have much less interest in cars than in our generation. Personally I think that technology has a lot to do with it. My parents grew up out in the country with only a phone line (2-party line at my maternal grandparents’ place) and a black & white TV (that was the one luxury – spending hundreds on a TV in the 1950s was a lot of $). They couldn’t wait to get to drive a car so they could go to the Saturday night dances at the grange hall. That was the place to be back then, and the only time outside of school or church that they got to see their friends.

    Today, most kids stay at home (or wherever they happen to be at that moment) and endlessly text each other, or surf Youtube for funny videos – no real need to actually drive somewhere to see/talk to them . . .

    Of course this is a broad generalization, but I do see it in my teen-age niece and nephews – they have very little interest in driving and don’t really consider it to be that fun.

  18. 18

    On the bright side, I guess this is yet another reason to hire a full service agent! ;-) :-D

  19. 19
    wreckingbull says:

    RE: redmondjp @ 17 – Don’t forget cost. Add up the costs of fuel, insurance, parking, maintenance, and the car itself, and you are talking about a pretty big chunk of change.

    Add to that new options such as Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, and others, there is no way I would own a car if were a young urbanite. I’d be putting my money to work for me rather than throwing it the costs of car ownership.

  20. 20
    The Tim says:

    My main motivation for asking this question was to get a feel for (among SB readers) how likely people are to accept a world where only self-driving cars are legal on all but the most back-country roads.

    I contend that we’ll be living in that reality within my lifetime.

  21. 21
    Blurtman says:

    RE: The Tim @ 20 – I believe that was adequately addressed in the Oscar worthy flick Demolition Man, which starred two of America’s finest actors, Sly Stallone and Wesley Snipes.

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