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Review: Ozzie’s

I go to Ozzie’s basically every week for Monday Night Karaoke.  Karaoke on Mondays has become something of a tradition, transitioning from the U District’s Dante’s to this Queen Anne bar due to (1) slightly better seating arrangements and (2) much better turnaround on singing songs.  Ozzie’s isn’t without its problems – after all, it is in many senses a dive bar – but the clear winning draw for karaoke is the crowd of friends I go out with.  So, I will attempt to correct for my bias for this review.

Ozzie’s is first and foremost a bar, and it’s not a particularly good one.  There’s one exception to my valuation here – shots – but for regular drinks of most kinds, it seems like the bartenders are far too surly and also not quite knowledgeable enough for my tastes.  They also seem to be missing fairly key ingredients (oranges, lemons, limes, milk) for alcoholic beverages.  I mean, I guess the guy made it clear to me it was a dive bar, but still.  I am usually not thrilled with going up to a bar and getting a frown when I try to order.  They do have reasonable table service (as in, some service) in the karaoke area, so that’s a slight positive.

As for karaoke, the selection is not bad, although a little out of date.  The sound system is hit or miss, but it’s been mostly fine in my experience.  The “KJ” (karaoke jockey) Deanna is very friendly and good at her job, which helps a lot.  I have never found it to be too crowded, either, unless our own group has 20+ people show up (then we are crowding it).

I have never tried their food, so I can’t really comment on that.  I also hear they have fun trivia, and their on-tap beer selection is medium-good.

Overall: B-
Karaoke Experience: B+ (Dante’s is worse, A Terrible Beauty is better)
General Feel of Queen Anne: Laid Back, Kind of “Don’t Give a Shit”

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Review: Rainy Days

To those who are somehow unaware, for about six months a year Seattle is literally underwater.  By literally, I mean figuratively – that is, the air feels filled with rain and you can’t go anywhere without getting soaked.  This is a property of Seattle, and I am not intending to complain overmuch, but there are various consequences to consider when you are living at the bottom of a rain-ocean half the year.

The first negative consequence of Seattle’s ubiquitous rain is that Seattleites (SOMEHOW) are awful at driving when it’s drizzling or worse.  This is frustrating to anyone who comes from a more Los Angeles style proactive school of driving like myself.  Umbrellas are another trap of rainy days – sure, they’ll keep you dry, but (a) they are hard to share and often lose their value in a large group, and (b) if you’re like me, you are bound to forget about it and leave it somewhere when you are out and about.  Also – and I want to try to remove my own bias here because I am feeling a bit sickly – rainy days are conducive to becoming sick, if you aren’t careful.

The rain is largely responsible for why Seattle is the Emerald City and not the Durdley Brown City, so that’s a major upside.  It’s also pretty cathartic to just go out into rain and let it fall, washing away your cares.  I do especially appreciate sunshowers (my favorite weather), and they are more frequent here than many other places.  On a weekend, when it’s raining outside and you have a book and you’re curled up on the bed or couch with your loyal pup – that’s pretty heavenly.  So there are amazing parts to rainy days, too!

Overall: B- (A- for sunshowers)
Compared to Sunny Days: A Necessary Evil
Utility At Spreading Water Over Large Area: Very High

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Kellen Abel

Kellen’s a local Seattle Magic player, but hilariously I didn’t really have any clue who he was (even having shown up to multiple events at the local competitive game store and to Cube drafts) until very recently. Kellen’s totally awesome though, and I am very happy I know him. Not only does he have an amazing sense of humor – the kind that when you’re worried you have a stupid joke and nobody will laugh at it, but then Kellen does honestly and you feel much better! – but he’s apparently some sort of acrobat (which I still don’t believe, because he *clearly* doesn’t backflip everywhere) and also just a sweet, nice guy. I basically can’t stop smiling when Kellen is around.

Kellen and Joe recently did the storefront work in Amsterdam for local card store CardHaus, and despite their extreme exhaustion due to jet lag and running around doing errands, Kellen still found time to come and say hi and give me a hug. It’s a small thing (I mean, the hug was nice!) but it really indicates to me the kind of gentleman Kellen is: dedicated to what he does and to his friends. I regret we were unable to battle the Magical cards, and in fact, I’m not sure I have ever played Kellen, but man that sounds like a hilarious and wonderful time!

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