Attorney General Rob McKenna, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, and King County Sheriff Sue Rahr are holding a public forum on domestic violence and sex predator issues from 5-7:30 this evening. While there's nothing funny about the subject matter, get a load of where the forum is being held: the South Lake Union affiliate of Outback Steakhouse. As in the Outback Steakhouse whose motto is "No Rules!" Consider the irony of a law and order forum being held in such environs. Also consider that the forum is being held during happy hour on a Friday night in a place that puts ice cubes in gigantic mugs of beer and takes pride in its bawdiness. This cultural confluence might make this the "It" public policy forum of the year.
Speaking of Outback, it happens to be the site of one of my favorite stories. My pal Brian was eating at a Bay Area Outback one day with a bunch of friends. Half in the bag from those huge draughts, he lit up a cigarette at his table, a no-no in California. When the waiter asked him to extinguish the butt, he replied, "One Rule!" Classic.