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Re: “The Cab Wars Just Got Real: Portland Has Approved the Largest Taxi Deluge in its History

It's nice to see that this information brought out the deep-seated resentment of the able-bodied toward the disabled for having slightly altered their taxi market.

11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Ovidius on 02/12/2015 at 1:40 AM

Re: “I, Anonymous

This is impressively macho, until you consider that this paragon of traditional manliness took the time to write to a local paper with a gripe about men's fashion.

37 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Ovidius on 01/14/2015 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Poll! Is Uber's Sacking of Portland the Best or the Worst?

I am an ordinary citizen and consumer much like you, reader. I have tried Uber in several major metropolitan areas in the United States not unlike yours. The service was amazing, and I have recommended Uber to all of my friends, family, and co-workers. The drivers I have spoken to all have wonderful things to say about this innovative company. Portlanders I have spoken to about this service have expressed their desperate desire for its arrival here. Full stop.

7 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Ovidius on 12/08/2014 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Recapsville: Mad Men Ends For Now

I actually buy the Campbell brothers cold reaction to their mother's death. Alzheimer's or advanced dementia can have a significantly alienating effect on loved ones. I'm sure Pete has a lot of processing to do, but his initial reaction of distance and relief is perfectly realistic. What I didn't exactly buy was the soapy plot contrivance. I'm sure that stuff happened, but the whole thing seemed winged in as an afterthought.

Other than that, I thought the episode was beautiful. I'm not as hard on Don as most -- the central tension of the show, for me, is a deeply damaged and flawed man teetering between self-destruction and redemption. Don has virtues. As an abused and neglected child, he's deeply empathetic and more forgiving of others than most. We just forgot he had those virtues since he spent this season acting like a deranged, manipulative monster.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ovidius on 06/24/2013 at 11:49 AM

Re: “What About Bob? Your Mad Men Recap

Cute allusions to Don being Rosemary's Baby ("wah wah wah!" and opening and closing with him in a fetal position). He was particularly monstrous this episode. Also, Bob Benson as a young Don Draper. Yet another devil child.

Posted by Ovidius on 06/17/2013 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Mad Men Recap: Mad Favors

Bob Benson is starting to remind me of the Talented Mr. Ripley. The manipulation, the opportunism, the perfect manners, the ambiguous sexuality. If Chekhov's gun goes off the season, I'm guessing Benson will pull the trigger.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ovidius on 06/10/2013 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Cops on Campus

I work on Campus and would welcome an increase in security. It makes sense. There is an unusual amount of crime -- I've been solicited for handgun purchases in the parking garage, a number of women have been assaulted in adjacent buildings, clearly imbalanced people regularly wander into the office and make a scene. It'd be helpful to have a swift security response so that front desk staff don't have to endure the brunt of a lot of creepy business without support. People working on the weekends have an especially difficult time -- the campus is nearly empty and security response is very slow.

But then again, I'm an obvious and well-known Nazi.

11 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ovidius on 11/29/2012 at 2:57 PM

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