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1. When I was writing about my drunken excursion to Puyallup Monday night, I neglected to mention how annoyed I am with the fact that you can't drink in the amphitheatre there. Come to think of it, pretty much any festival is shackled into cordoning off tiny beer gardens for adults who want to imbibe. Which begs the question: Does the Liquor Board not trust law abiding citizens enough to allow them to drink responsibly (or even irresponsibly) in the presence of minors? In the far-more-conservative Midwest (St. Louis, por ejemplo), not only can you bring kids into bars and drink wherever you want at big events, but open container laws are a virtual formality that cops wink at. Ditto Europe. This is how it should be here. And everywhere.
2. I recently saw a flyer for an anti-Duck Tour website, stoptheduck.com. I was pretty impartial toward the duckmobiles until, on the day several people were shot at the Jewish Federation in Belltown, I saw a Duckmobile not six blocks from the crime scene ripping down the street as though all were right with the world. This really pissed me off, inadvertent as the pissing may have been. But I'm hardly anti-Duck, to the point where I wonder if Greg Nickels or Ron Sims have given any thought to purchasing a fleet of Ducks as mass transit vessels -- or at least deputizing some well-heeled entrepreneur to go at it from a private taxi standpoint. You've got to be able to squeeze 30 people or so into those land-water crafts. So let's say 520 or the Montlake Bridge is backed up. What's the mass transit Duckmobile do: Find the nearest boat launch and ferry its passengers across the water to Medina before morphing seamlessly into automobile form. Whaddy'all think about that?