Steak, Well Done
I have a long history with steak houses (including El Gaucho, Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s, and Porterhouse). I had the best steak filet ever at John Howie " Grill of My Dreams ," (December 2009). I like my steak well done, so most steak houses usually give me their worst cuts because they think I’m already ruining the steak by having it “overcooked.” My John Howie steak was well done, tasty, and so tender, I could cut it with a butter knife. The other two folks in our party said it was their best steak ever as well.
Diana B.

Fine Dining on the Eastside
Our family had such an enjoyable experience celebrating our daughter’s 40th birthday at John Howie Steak (“Grill of My Dreams,” December 2009) that our evening extended into three hours. The food was delicious and the staff did everything possible to make this one of the finest dining experiences that we’ve ever had in Bellevue.
Marilyn Peterson
Newport Hills

True to Film
As a Say Anything fan, Seattleite, movie buff, and Phinney Ridge resident, I have to correct your article " 75 Years of Seattle Movies " (December 2009). The movie’s most iconic image was indeed shot in Seattle. The scene in which Lloyd hoists the boom box over his head to play “In Your Eyes” for Diane Court was shot in Woodland Park, on the corner of Phinney Ridge, right across the street from the 7-Eleven where Lloyd kicks the glass out of the way on their first date. This is even noted by director Cameron Crowe in the audio commentary and documentary on the 20th-edition Blu-Ray release.
Mike Atteber
Editor-in-Chief, Blu-Ray movie review site
Phinney Ridge

Editor’s Note: Cameron Crowe’s staff had assured us the scene was filmed in a park in Universal City that was also across from a 7-Eleven. Repeated inquiries about the accuracy of the director’s DVD commentary went unanswered. 

For the Love of Dog
Corrections to your article " Missing Pets Inc. " (January 2010): The Seattle Humane Society has never agreed to take over all of the services. In fact we said we will not do law enforcement—animal control.

Second point of clarification: Kurt Triplett did try to get Seattle Humane Society to take over care for all of the county companion animals for free. However, neither our Board of Directors nor I ever agreed to provide services without help in the form of resources and facilities.

Seattle Humane Society prepared for an influx of animals in 2009 after learning that the county planned to get out of the sheltering business and they reduced their services. Our volunteer foster families cared for more than 3,000 animals last year, and more than 1,400 volunteers helped by walking dogs, brushing cats, assisting veterinary services and helping with office work.

Those preparations paid off. In December alone, Seattle Humane Society placed 601 animals into homes before the holidays…another all-time record for a single month. Nine out of 12 months were adoption record setters in 2009, thanks to the community’s support.

We couldn’t have done it without the help of thousands of animal lovers in Seattle and King County. Our community really stepped up to help during a challenging year, by adopting, by fostering animals, volunteering, and donating. We are counting on their continued help in 2010, and we know the community will be there for the animals.
Brenda F. Barnette
CEO, Seattle Humane Society

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