True story. Back in his/her teenage years, a Stranger music writer wanted a spiked collar because he/she was going to their first metal show and they wanted to look totally M-E-T-A-L. But he/she didn't want to be a poser and get the collar at Hot Topic. Gross! So he/she went to a local pet store (in Ballard, actually) and tried on their selection of dog collars.