January 11th, 2003


New monitor

I spent a butt-load of money on a new 18.1 inch flat screen LCD monitor. My cat has taken to sleeping on the top of my previous monitor, to which I attribute some of the blame for the monitor's early death. She just tried to jump on top of this monitor with hilarious results.


More food!

I had people over for dinner last night. My first entirely vegetarian meal, as several of the folks who planned to come required vegetarian fare. One was sick and couldn't make it. No worries though. Now that I know I can make decent vegetarian fare, I plan on doing so more often.

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I also made a lentil salad, which I really had to mess with the recipe a bunch. Tina and Deborah liked it. I think it was decent, but I want to try it prepared according to the recipe to see if it improves it. I will add that recipe in this entry later.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct

After having read up on the Washington state tax structure study, my current reading material in my quest to ready myself to run for office is reading about the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Currently, the state estimates that there is a 1 in 20 chance (5%) that an earthquake could permanently close the Viaduct within the next 10 years. In addition, it doesn't carry enough vehicles to support Seattle's transportation needs and projected growth. The state is currently considering three alternatives, a tunnel replacement, an aerial replacement, and a rebuild. I'm not sure what the difference between the aerial replacement and the rebuild options are.

Anyway, I'm just starting to read up on the options. The WSDOT web site on the project is where I am currently reading up.