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Monday, March 17, 2008

Gifford Lane Art Stroll Slide Show

These photos were taken by AnnaMaria Windisch Hunt at yesterday's Gifford Lane Art Stroll.

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Blogger Marcelo Salup said...

The emperor has no clothes.

Sorry, but it looks really rinky-dinky. The art looks really amateurish.

March 17, 2008 12:05 PM  
Blogger Tom Falco said...

It's not a fine arts show Marcelo, it's a local Grove event that raises money for charity, brings neighbors together to mix and mingle and really is a block party more than anything.

March 17, 2008 12:14 PM  
Blogger Marcelo Salup said...

I stand corrected. It is not an art show.

I'm very glad they raise money for charity.

When I thought it was an art show, I did find it very amateurish.

At the very least, I'm honest enough to (1) sign with a real name rather than hiding behind the anonymous and (2) recognize that I was wrong in judging it as an art show, which it is not.

March 17, 2008 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marcelo, how rude and not the least bit insightful. The Art Stroll was small , but it was inspiring, uncommercial and friendly...just as advertised. I found the unfranchised imperfection to be refreshing.

March 17, 2008 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I found the unfranchised imperfection to be refreshing."

Well said. I also agree with grapevine's comment about it improving the quality of life. It's stuff like the Gifford art stroll that I like about the grove: quaint, friendly and uncommercial!

The world is getting less and less interesting. It used to be that you could find unique coffee and burgers, regional differences, originality. Nowadays it's just starbucks and mcdonalds everywhere.

March 17, 2008 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I visited all too briefly. My 6 year old son was not in the mood to let Papi have some fun with interesting neighbors in a wonderfully fun setting. I could easily have spent all afternoon there enjoying a neighborhood gathering that is all too rare.

My compliments to the organizers. My compliments also to Grape for promoting the event.

I, for one, had a good time.
Bob Coultas

March 17, 2008 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't agree with the last statement at all and, frankly, the jump from finding the art stroll rinky dinky to the world is being homogenized is a long --and false one--

We have never had so many boutique hotels, individualistic restaurants, custom made cars as we have today. Look around your own home and you have 700 channels coming in... my 4 TV's allow me to have "favorite" lists; I can custom make playlists in my Ipod to match any mood; my computers are all super-customizable. I haven't shopped in a chain store in ages, haven't eaten at a Mickey D's in a year...

People who bemoan the homogenization of the world are just not making the extra effort to find what they like.

On the other hand, companies like McDonalds have brought millions of people the alternative to eating really badly before.

If you are too lazy to find the things you like, you definitely deserve being stuck with the things you don't

March 17, 2008 6:27 PM  
Blogger SteveBM said...

Anon, you make a lot of good points about how life's pleasures can be customized in your above post. However, this comment "On the other hand, companies like McDonalds have brought millions of people the alternative to eating really badly before." is completely absurd. McDonalds is the epitome of eating badly, period.

March 17, 2008 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blind, there is never "period" in most things.

Prior to fast food, the working class basically had no place to eat, period. Why do you think McDonald's has 15,000 restaurants in the US, BK another 10,000 or more, etc? Evidently they do fit a huge need or they wouldn't have grown that much.

You might not like them (I don't) but there's no denying the need for them among a huge percentage of the population.

The problem is not fast food, the problem is lack of control. If you order, I don't know, a big mac and have a diet coke, you are certainly within the same calories as "quaint" diner food like mashed potatoes and gravy. If you feel you ought to have two macs, a super-sized portion of fries and a dessert... well then, you've got trouble.

But, in spite of your distaste of Mickey D's and other fast food restaurants, their very growth is proof that you are wrong. Do you think, honestly, that someone just puts a gun to the head of 200 million consumers a day and force them to go to McD's, Starbucks, BK and all those places? Really?

March 18, 2008 4:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please see the movie "Supersize Me"

March 18, 2008 8:19 AM  
Blogger SteveBM said...

Well, if there is no "period" then there is no right and no wrong. My comment was purely based on health. McD's is not healthy and thats a proven fact. Sure, they are popular and I loved McD's once. Americans are fat. There is a direct relationship between fast food and fat asses.

March 18, 2008 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the movie and it cracked me up.

To me it is an issue of self control. People who pig out... whether on McD, BK, Starbucks or Casa Juancho deserve getting fat. And, oh yes, I consider McD to be as unhealthy as eating lard. Never eat there... or, maybe once every couple of months? But, practically never.

However, when I was growing up in Madrid, we ate a huge amount of unhealthy stuff too, lots of fried stuff, etc. The difference is that we walked much more, did much more exercise, and portions were smaller.

Cheap food is hardly ever healthy, you need to take shortcuts. But, hey, if I were poor, I would rather have the choice of being able to go even to a McD than NOT have the choice.

March 18, 2008 7:21 PM  

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