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(Seattle Times)   One of the biggest supporters for Seattle's proposed monorail unhappy to find out that the tracks would run less than seven feet from his condo window   ( seattletimes.nwsource.com) divider line
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2004-05-08 04:15:01 PM  
2004-05-08 04:17:23 PM  
2004-05-08 04:28:51 PM  
Karma. Sounds like Larry's deep Inshetski.
2004-05-08 04:31:33 PM  
I live in the Seattle area, and the monorail idea is one of those boondoggles that really hacks me off. I saw this and said "instant karma ensues".

/NIMBY asshat
2004-05-08 05:19:49 PM  
NIMBY indeed.
2004-05-08 05:27:00 PM  
As someone who lives 7 feet away from a mass transit rail line... hah!
2004-05-08 05:38:54 PM  
I hear those things are awfully loud...

It glides as softly as a cloud!
2004-05-08 05:59:28 PM  
Monorail! Monorail! Monorail!
Mono- doh!
2004-05-08 06:35:05 PM  
Aw, it's not for you. It's more of a Vancouver idea.
2004-05-08 07:47:16 PM  
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2004-05-08 09:33:55 PM  
They had similar problems in North Haverbrook.
2004-05-08 09:45:49 PM  
Remember what it was like for Brad Pitt's character and his wife in Se7en living so close to the train tracks?

Of course, that ended up being the least of their worries, so this guy should watch out, Kevin Spacey might be playing mind games with him via the transportation authority. Next they'll try to put a four-lane interstate through his bathroom.
2004-05-08 09:59:53 PM  
Everything's a great idea unless you're the one dealing with the downside.

As a former UNIVERSTIRY STUDENT, I think Higher Education should be funded by the government / tax dollars.

As a FORMER university student, I think it's ridiculous that my tax dollars should give some slacker-punk-kid a free ride.
2004-05-09 04:37:08 AM  
Is there a chance the track could bend?
2004-05-09 05:12:35 AM  
I live in Pittsburgh and were getting a light rail. We have a budget decefit of like 8,000,000,000, but OH YEAH! we can fly to non existant jobs.
2004-05-09 05:13:25 AM  
"You're not going to believe this," he told his neighbor, Cassandra Conyers. "This is the worst thing that can happen."

Would it have been more
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if she'd predicted it would work out okay, or if she'd predicted doom?
2004-05-09 05:13:48 AM  
This monorail is the biggest farking mistake this state has ever made. I am so glad I don't live within the city limits of Seattle... They have to pay a couple hundred more to register their vehicles (for the next quarter of a century or so- AKA forever).

We've already got a lightrail system under construction. One transportation system at a time, people. Try to keep your eye on the ball.

Monorails are expensive and impractical. They virtually destroy any street-level businesses beneath them (want to see the gloomiest, most depressing street in Seattle? Check out 5th Avenue in Seattle, north of Westlake Center, under the current monorail).
2004-05-09 05:14:42 AM  
One too many "in Seattle"s there, but you get the point.
2004-05-09 05:15:23 AM  
excuse the spelling
2004-05-09 05:15:36 AM  
Right now it is a tourist thing only, if it becomes functional for actual travel, what will all the Japanese tour groups do??
2004-05-09 05:19:49 AM  
Not on your life, my Hindu friend.
2004-05-09 05:20:01 AM  
maybe it will go by so often he won't even notice.
2004-05-09 05:21:36 AM  
I think they should invent a birail train. That would be cool.
2004-05-09 05:23:41 AM  
Crap like this (people voting for it, then suddenly biatching because they're unhappy with all of the proposed routes, is exactly why it took so long for St. Louis' light rail system to start to transform itself into something that's useful for more than just getting to the airport and major tourist attractions. My boss biatched when he found there'd be a station near his house. So did my parents (different station, though). Sigh.

You voted for it, man. Don't stop supporting it entirely. Support the initiatives to require the tracks to run at least 14 feet from any buildings - that's sensible, even just from a safety standpoint. I'm surprised they didn't design it that way in the first place.
2004-05-09 05:24:46 AM  
twotontim- you deserve some kind of award for that post. Very insightful, and true.
2004-05-09 05:30:13 AM  
Heh...almost bought a townhome along that same street. Being able to touch the monorail as it goes by...bad.
A painless commute into downtown...would've been nice.

Instead, I'll be having to take a ferry to work.
2004-05-09 05:35:10 AM  
This is a classic not in my backyard liberal. Just like all those rich liberals off Nantucket sound who don't want those windmills, but like to scream about how evil republicans are to the environment.
2004-05-09 05:42:45 AM  
2004-05-09 05:45:57 AM  
It looks like a lot of right-wing wackos are staying up late tonight.
2004-05-09 05:47:27 AM  
They get a freakin monorail? Minneapolis ends up with some ugly ass choo choo train which the media and politicians insist we call light rail. I still don't know why they just didn't take the land for the rail and just drive a bus on it there by saving all sorts of money by not having rails.
2004-05-09 05:47:42 AM  
NIMBYs are bad enough, but when I worked in Town & Country Planning we had a different acronym - BANANA:

2004-05-09 05:49:54 AM  
Donuts - is there anything they can't do?
2004-05-09 06:05:59 AM  
OMG like WTF? Ironic used correctly? Like word up yo!
2004-05-09 06:40:34 AM  
Thanks for the Simpson's pic, Farkaneer.
2004-05-09 06:44:53 AM  
As soon as that damn monorail comes through the Bothell park and ride I'll support it. Otherwise, give me more damn buses on I5!
2004-05-09 06:44:58 AM  
Maybe now he won't have to pay the ultra-lame "View Tax"
2004-05-09 07:37:23 AM  
Instead, I'll be having to take a ferry to work.

Hey, it's okay.

It's better than having to take a fairy to work, right?

/not a homophobe
2004-05-09 07:40:15 AM  
And it's certainly better than having to "ride" that "fairy" to work.

2004-05-09 08:20:38 AM  
All right Farkers, where's Nelson?
2004-05-09 08:45:47 AM  
Reminds me of the farking idiots who want the world to get off its dependency on fossil fuels, then whine when gasoline prices go up to $2 a gallon.
2004-05-09 08:49:19 AM  
They could've bought every person who rides the monorail in Miami a Rolls Royce...and still saved money. ahhh tax dollars at work
2004-05-09 08:57:50 AM  

It's better than having to take a fairy to work, right?

Except on National Take Your Fairy To Work Day - it's important that the country's fairies see how everyone else spends their days deliberately damaging the photocopier, Farking, and having another damn coffee break.
2004-05-09 09:08:25 AM  
Similar to someone I know who was the biggest flag waver and gung-ho about the war in Iraq. Until his National Guard unit got called up. Punk is doing everything he can to get out of the deal. Karma is a bizatch.
2004-05-09 09:10:30 AM  
If you guys dont like monorail, just think how much better
we would be in Houston if we had had a monorail.
36 collisions with the light rail so far, in just 6 months
and counting. And that is not counting the pedestrians.
2004-05-09 09:16:47 AM  
I gotta say it: Typical Liberal. So full of generosity as long as it doesn't effect them. Like Rosie wanting to completely ban guns, but wanting her bodyguard to still carry concealed.
2004-05-09 09:29:44 AM  
The only way this story could have been better, would have been to make the monorail run THRU this guys condo.

2004-05-09 09:36:44 AM  
Forget birail, what about a tri-rail?
2004-05-09 09:42:52 AM  
Ah come on you guys. 45 replies to this thread and you still haven't driven the Simpson's Monorail episode references completely into the ground yet. Your slipping.
2004-05-09 10:09:42 AM  
The monorail looks a bit shabby and underfunded:

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2004-05-09 10:20:21 AM  
So in conclusion, 'mono' means 'one', and 'rail' means 'rail'.
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