Please join us tomorrow at 6pm at the Diller Room for a long overdue STB meetup. Facebook event here. Please note this is a 21+ location. If you have not already done so please RSVP in the comments thread here. There should be lots of great discussion, as a lot has happened since our last meetup.

21 Replies to “STB Meetup Tomorrow”

  1. Darn about the 21+ thing, especially considering the number of students (both college and high school) who have been involved in the advocacy for Metro in the last weeks. Not saying that they’d come out in force, but it sure would be good to consider how to include our newest advocates.

    1. We’re almost always all ages. This is pretty rare; we don’t have 21+ meetups very often but we have a great space we want to try.

  2. Too bad I’m going to be at the Community Design Study Northgate Light Rail Station Open House tomorrow night —
    > Tuesday, July 26, 6 – 9 p.m.
    > Brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.
    > at Aljoya Senior Apartments at Thornton Place 450 NE 100th Street

  3. Thanks for word on the Northgate meeting. Will try to be there. Gives me reason to skip the meet-up on purpose and still do something positive.

    This age business is a big deal with me because I always resented with a savage fury being treated as a child by a society that otherwise held me fully accountable as an adult, including and especially being subject to getting sent to Viet Nam and killed or crippled.

    I had also the exact temperament to let an insult like this separate me permanently from an organization I otherwise would have fiercely supported- the restoration of Detroit’s transit system, which was then at the beginning of its half-centry death spiral. Like the city of Detroit.

    Because I like you guys so much, I’ll use the privileges conferred on me by my 66th birthday yesterday to wag a bony finger and lecture you for your own good. Problem is an age difference between you and me: I see everybody between ages ten and forty as a very young grown-up- as, incidentally, does the whole tribal world and a lot of Europe.

    This country’s habit-fueled by realization that the more juvenile people stay, the more they buy- of treating everybody as an increasingly-aging child, is heavily responsible for much of our horrendous problems of alcoholism, drug addiction, and violence. And lifelong avoidance of political responsibility.

    Must also admit a health-related problem with over-21 gathering places: it’s tragic at a time when this region is brewing some of the best local beer in the world- and I love porter, stout, and dark ale- but I’ve got a lifelong allergy that reacts to beer the same as ragweed.

    So having to stick to espresso places isn’t the hardship to me it is to others. Vivace reserves space on order REI area and Broadway. So does Moka’s across from SLU carbarn. Normally closes at 7, but could be reserved for later. Will be glad to do what I can to find more places where everybody’s welcome. And to find alternate meeting places on night’s when everybody isn’t.

    But out of respect for the permanently- furious young man I was at 20, when my country’s abandonment of trains and streetcars left me more alienated than the Asian war, I’ll no longer be present at gatherings where I wouldn’t have been welcome in 1965. When I thought than in 2011, this country would have outgrown all of its invidious discriminations.

    Mark Dublin

    1. It’s been said before that a big part is economics. Someone willing to give up such a large section of real estate is going to want to get paid, either via a straight up fee, or via sales. Usually the kind of sales that generate that kind of income are of the alcoholic variety.

      Not to mention pubs have a LONG history of being meeting places and discussion forums. I’m thinking of the Green Dragon and it’s ilk around the colonies especially.

      However, I do agree that we need to lower the drinking to 16 (and driving to 18).

    2. Thanks Mark – I’m a close 3 years behind you, and agree with most of the sentiments you’ve expressed here.

  4. As I stated in the announcement thread, I’ll be there (I enjoy every chance I have to visit Seattle and this is the perfect reason to do so), even if I just plain look like a guy from out of town.

    1. Wouldn’t worry about it. On a LINK “game train” last fall, many passengers had furry corncobs on their heads, and they fit in perfectly.

      Also remember that like in California and Washington DC, native Seattleites are rare. Anybody who gives you a bad time is probably only here due to our lax immigration policies.

      However, if you show up for work in a three-piece business suit and non-crosstraining shoes, you’ll get stares. Even clean pressed sweats make it look like you’re on a power trip.

      Also, for general orientation, good idea to get hold of videos of all the episodes of “Almost Live”, especially the one on the Ballard Academy of Driving. Since it’s been off the air, much that’s ridiculous about this place has gotten completely out of hand.

      Mark Dublin- From Ballard, where we don’t use mirrors but park by sound!

  5. Good times were had by all at the Seattle Transit Blog meetup last night at the Diller Room. Good to be able to discuss the “People for Public Transit” campaign. For those who missed the Life Cycle Cost Analysis we gave a presentation at the KC Transportation, Economy and Evironment Committee (see:

    Interested in jobs through transportation purchasing, email and/or interested in jobs from solar powering electric fixed guideway, per RCW 458-20-273 Community Solar, see:

    Lets have another meatup real soon.
    Stay well,

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