Marjorie Young

The Psychic View – Zombies R Us?

By Marjorie Young

These days Zombies are everywhere; whether in TV, films, or fiction, they indeed seem to be ‘taking over’ the earth. Though fascination with these creatures definitely eludes me, their appeal cannot be denied. But why the attraction? The topic was suggested by an ‘expert’ in the field, Pisay Pao, who stars in the hit SyFy series ‘ZNation.’ You guessed it; ‘Z’ stands for Zombies, and Pisay and her co-stars valiantly battle to save what remains of the human race after those pesky troublemakers take over. Yet even she wonders at the near obsession many have with the ‘undead.’ Even talk of a coming ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ is endlessly bandied about.

A ‘rival’ fiendish group, our friends the Vampires, are usually portrayed as good-looking and seductive, luring many an innocent creature to his or her doom. In contrast, Zombies are unfailingly drooling, stumbling, decomposed, and inevitably poorly dressed. If one was lurching in your direction, it would seem ridiculously easy to get out of the way! Yet, they continue to evoke an odd longing combined with dread in the eyes of many.

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Show off your holiday cheer with ugly holiday sweaters from local consignment shops

Ballard consignment stores are the place to find your ugly Christmas sweaters. Just imagine how dashing or cozy you will be with your family and friends drinking cider or eggnog wearing these ugly sweaters.

Both Ballard Consignment and Classic Consignment have a wide selection of the gaudiest looking sweaters around, ranging from $10 to $50. Their sweaters are stylish in the worst kind of way and were made as far away as Denmark, Taiwan and China. Hand knit, mass produced, relics from another era, Santa patches, Christmas trees, ect… these sweaters depict the essence of the holiday heart, cheer, decadence and awkward shamelessness.


Maja, at Classic Consignment, showing off a classic Danish wool sweater. The lucky customer to snare this sweater will turn heads and stomachs. During the holidays a fashion faux pas is reason enough for feasts, charity and cheer. This sweater will illicit jest wherever it goes…no matter what.

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Pat's View: “Black Friday”

by Pat Cashman

This is supposed to be the busiest shopping day of the year---although not for places that sell suntan lotion and flip-flops. This is Black Friday.

Except for the police. For them, it’s Joe Friday. (Thanks to my neighbor, Margie Walsh, for the preceding rather retro joke.)

Apparently the term ‘Black Friday’ started in Philadelphia some years ago, referring to the lousy and congested traffic that would happen in the “City of Brotherly Love” the day after Thanksgiving. (By that definition, Seattle now pretty much has Black Friday-through-Thursday, 365 days of the year.)
Between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, retail businesses are said to be operating “in the red”---losing money. (This column has been operating in the red for some time.) But on the day after Thanksgiving, stores move into “the black”---when everything from automobiles to underwear sells like gangbusters.

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