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Downton Abbey: An Antidote to Our Confused, Crass Times

PBS’ Masterpiece hit series returned this Sunday and proved itself more than worth the money I, inexplicably, shelled out for local TV in the meantime.

WHAT IT IS:

The best thing to further confuse and distort Americans' perceptions of historical events since Mad Men.

NO, REALLY, WHAT IS IT?

An all around well-made British drama set on a nobleman’s estate at the onset of World War I, where the problems of servants and socialites get equal screen time.

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The week’s best local sales: Sweet frocks at SPUN, Clementine’s shoe sale and 75% off wares at Sur La Table

If there is still any room left in the budget after paying off those holiday credit card bills, here are three local spots to stop by this week for killer sales deals of up to 75% off (hey, it’s never too early to shop for next Christmas, is it?): Read more »

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Reader, I Ate An Entire Cow

Indulge me as I complain about my job, just this once.

I know, I realize that it's not easy to imagine how eating for a living could be anything but a glamorous, caviar-studded chimera wherein breakfast, lunch and dinner consist of splendid gastronomic fairyland moments of bliss.

It really is that, most of the time. But I'm here to set you straight: while working on January's awesome Burger issue, I am convinced that I ate a cow. Maybe more than one cow. I likely took out a herd of cattle, people. Read more »

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Four fun facts about the floating-bridge commute

520 refugees, don't you miss your lovely bridge?

Things are settling down a bit for us cross-lake commuters, but it's hard to say if next week will be better or worse.

On the one hand, according to WSDOT, people are still deciding what their commute will be as tolling continues for the next 45 years. Some who tried to outwit the toll monsters by crapping up my commute are rethinking. That $7 a day is starting to look pretty tasty right about now. I say this with love at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon. Read more »

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Recommended Reading Inspired by The Off Hours

If you missed the latest installment of The Off Hours reading series at Sole Repair last night, you missed several special moments: Read more »

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