April 13th, 2018

So that's why!

The gym population has been pretty low this week. The pool has pretty much been mine alone. There has been less traffic than usual.

I just read an instagram caption from a woman in West Seattle saying "Last Day Of Spring Break" DOH! When you have zero kids in your life, you miss these little details. Except in September. Every year, the first week of school is a bitch of crowded everywhere. I do remember that.

My userpic got a new outfit!

Another whatever day at SDHQ. Whatever happens will be excellent. There will be some sewing and some laundry and some listening to my new a capella radio* (already started). I also need to remember to go take a walk - even if only around the block. I wish I liked that chore more so maybe at least I'd do it as often as I think I should. There is a baseball game but it's not until tonight.

*I think it's kind of miraculous that such an entity can, for probably very little money, stream such a specific type of music out and I get it on a device that is about the same size and shape of an old timey radio only with a screen of info about each song. The sound is lovely. There aren't any advertisements. They cut in every 4 or 5 songs and do a station ID and a quick and painless request for $. It's really very Louis C.K. kind of amazing.

I often think of friends and family who died and wonder what they would think of the amazing things today's world has to offer.

My dad's sister who died in the the 70's and loved nail polish of all colors back when red was the only really acceptable color. She would lose her mind with gels and, actually, probably be frustrated that she only had 10 fingernails and 10 toenails.

My Dad, who loved his fax machine. He died in 1999 when cellphones were new and confusing. I think he'd have loved having an iphone in his pocket. He'd be an app ape. Also he would get a huge kick out of something like an a capella radio stream.

My friend, John, who died in 2004, would have a Tesla. My Mom, who died in 2005, would be a Wikipedia editor and live for every single YouTube video about tennis.

Fun to think about.


They are tearing down my favorite road in Seattle. It's a raised highway between downtown and the waterfront. It's a joy to ride on for the views alone of both the city and the water. On the ground, it's a great umbrella from the rain and from the hot sun. The circle of people who hate how it looks overlaps fairly smartly with the circle of people who are afraid it's going to fall down and those circles constitute pretty much everyone but me. So they built a tunnel and will be tearing my favorite down.

In conjunction, they are going to revamp the waterfront. Fine. Whatever. It's pretty much for tourists only and I don't care. Except. They want those of us who live near here to pay for it. The city wants to make a LID - Local Improvement District of the properties and charge us for the privilege of inviting still more tourists to our neighborhood.

My piece of this stupid rock is projected to be $3,603 every fucking year. In addition to my real estate taxes of $5K. Thankgod I don't have a mortgage.

There is a movement afoot to tell the city to go fuck itself. I sure hope it works.

Here's the breakdown for my individual condo from the city's website:




Special benefit?: $7,464

Preliminary assessment percentage*?:48.27%

*Percentage is uniform for all properties

Preliminary assessment (special benefit x assessment percentage)?: $3,603


Market value without Waterfront improvements?: $497,600

Market value with Waterfront improvements?: $505,064

The difference in market value equals your special benefit number above.

Special benefit as a percentage of market value?: 1.5%

Preliminary assessment as a percentage of market value?: 0.72%



Physical address: 526 1ST AVE S #413 SEATTLE WA 98104

Mailing address: 526 1ST AVE S#413 SEATTLE WA 98104

Taxpayer name: DENNIS SUSAN

Present use: Condominium(Residential)

Zoning: PSM-85-120

Building gross square footage: 154,628

Building net square footage: 1,244

Special benefit and preliminary assessment as of: 4/5/2018

King County Assessor data as of: 1/30/2018