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Kudos, the Croc, and a Plea for an In-N-Out Burger


In case you haven't noticed, you can now leave comments on EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE we publish. You've always been able to toss in on the blogs, but now you can spout off on our restaurant reviews, music stories, columns, and everything else.

Here's a look at a few (unedited) thoughts left on articles over the last week:

Ten Restaurants Seattle Needs

"I'd love to see a good restaurant that also had a small dance floor for old-fashioned "foreplay" dancing. Too many restaurants don't have a dance floor and too many dancers want to do aerobics or simply dance "for play" with no personal involvement. I find slow dancing very erotic and romantic."

-- Posted by "Bill Donoghue"

"You guys are missing the most obvious one. IN-N-OUT BURGER!"

-- Posted by "Josh"

Restless Nights

Right on! On some classical music blogs I read, where the experts dutifully dig the grave of classical music concerts, I make similar comments.

There is something almost holy in a concert's shared silence, and I don't want clinking beer glasses and steaming of espresso makers breaking the spell. I don't want to shriek my zeal like some giddy girl at a Hannah Montana gig. One has to feel safe enough in the audience to close one's eyes and go inside to experience the music. There is something special about being lost in a late Beethoven sonata, and to realize that 2,500 others are appreciating the same thing.

I think what bothers people about classical music is that they don't know enough to appreciate it. Not know enough to distinguish between styles, composers, lineage, culture, instruments, patronage...and then the dynamics of the performance itself.

There are a lot of positive trends in classical music lately. Simulcasts of operas and symphonies are getting large audiences. YouTube can be addictive, with endless streams of videos to compare pieces and performances. High Def TV is bringing vibrant classical music programming (Michael Tilson Thomas's engaging "Keeping Score" series, for instance.) And if you want increasing numbers of concertgoers, look to the Chinese, both here in the states and in Asia. Some record labels are finding that online album sales are pretty darn good. Someone who has the equation down to an art form is Andre Rieu. He fills major sports arenas, sells tons of DVDS, covers hours of programming on the PBS stations.

-- Posted by "Carol Wright"

The Croc is Closed for Good

"For a While in the last 90?s the Croc was an extension of my studio apartment across 2nd Ave. There were Saturday morning breakfasts with neighbors and weeknight to shows to drop in and of course there was drinking at the bar. One thing about the Crocodile that I always like was how civil the space was. It really did not matter that there were 10 dealers selling crack outside its doors they never seem to get inside the caf?. The bouncers were more the Shrinks then Flash Light toughing body guards. The food and drinks were fairly priced and food was really pretty good. I always felt the Crocodile had a geek appeal about it. Many of the Women wore retro outfits with fancy Hair cuts. Many the guys would wear large rim glass and some that were really trying to impress would work old sport jackets. I never really understood how rock set dated and mated but I enjoyed watching the flirting never the less. The were some get shows El Vez, John Doe and Peter bucks side projects to name few. But it was the Croc?s community Fashions Shows and Elvis Birthday Nights, Drag Queen Fundraisers and Valentines Wedding Ceremonies were timeless. The Croc was so much more then a Club it was place for the guests to mark there lives and Seattle will miss that."

-- Posted by Brian Formerly of Belltown

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