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Friday, November 07, 2014

Why are people always so miserable?

Alejandro Elizondo at GreenStreet
I don't want to put anyone down who leaves comments here, but the comments on the FAM Night posts are so negative that I wonder why people are so miserable. I went out last Saturday night and as usual I planned to run out, take a few photos and be home but I ended up getting home five hours after I left the house. I ran into my friends and I enjoyed the whole night.

Jess Nolan on Main Highway.
As for the person always mentioning that we need new clubs in the Grove, guess what, it's not happening. There are dumb things in the village like that whole stupid waste of money on Commodore Plaza, but you know what? We had a ball on Commodore Plaza on Saturday despite that. We visited a couple of the galleries and the gelato shop and we listened to live music. We hung out with the neighbors on the block there and then we moved to other areas.

I was with a handful of friends and everyone had a good time. The worst part for most of us is waiting for each other because invariably one or two of us ends up talking to people we run into and it holds the whole group up, but no one complains, we all just wait for each other.

We met new people and old friends, we enjoyed food, drink, art and music.  I'm really not sure what the downside was. Some of you suggested that people stayed home because the weather was cooler. But unless you are one of the galleries or people depending on the crowds to make a living, why do you care? With less people, there's more for us who show up. But there were a lot of people out, so for those of you who say there was no one around, I don't think you were around, so you cannot be the judge of that.
One person left a comment that he wasn't engaged enough and wouldn't return. But I did call his name out five times that night and he was so into the scene and so engaged in people he was with, that he didn't hear me. I called out to him twice at the Arts Festival Gallery and three times as he walked through Florentine Plaza. He never heard me because he was so engaged.

The restaurants were full on Commodore Plaza - Strada, Lulu and GreenStreet were crazy crowded and with LoKal, I don't know where they put all the people. The galleries had people coming and going, some had large crowds like Blu Moon and the Arts Festival Gallery and some not so much. The Arts & Minds School had large crowds all night, mostly listening to the live music out on the plaza. CocoWalk was crowded, too.

At the very end of the night we passed by the Bookstore and Open Mic Night had people enjoying that. So really, it is what you make of it. I know my friends and I had a great time and I am guessing the people we ran into felt the same, or they are all good actors with their smiling and laughing and eating and drinking and partying.

I think it's really what you make of it. If you want 10,000 people out on the streets, well, that's not going to happen, but if you want to enjoy a night out in the village, FAM Night is perfect for this. 

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Blogger Michelle Niemeyer said...

On the 10,000 in the streets thing ... Do you remember when Critical Mass drew, maybe, 100 people on a good night? These things build. People going, having fun and bringing their friends next time is how it happens.

November 07, 2014 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't think the Grove needs to become a "Critical Mess". 10k people in the streets of the Grove sounds almost as bad as 10k bicyclists ruining everyone's commute home to their families. Let's keep the Grove groovy, and not push to be home for the masses.

November 07, 2014 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raise the decibels on street music every weekend, most corners everywhere. More music and better quality tunes would be interesting.. and tasteful visual arts too - pleaauusseeee - not necessarily much more people, oh, and more bikes and less cars, and free everything. Tasty samples, less freaking boooze. aandddd variety: Blues, Rock, Jazz, TripHop, Ambient Lounge, and surreal paintings, oblique perspective and new art forms. Thanks.

November 07, 2014 3:11 PM  
Blogger Milda Bublys said...

I love FAM nights. Both as a local biz, and also as a participant. The city and its businesses work hard , and spend a lot of money and time to welcome anyone. It makes for one magical night in the Grove. As for dissenders, there will always be someone. But I encourage all who live locally to support locally. Especially in the upcoming holiday season. Buy purchasing your holiday gifts with local shops, hosting your holiday dinners in local restaurants, you help build a local community. I think most would agree we don't want a critical "mess", but a friendly, supportive community YES. Try and spread the LOVE people.

November 08, 2014 12:33 AM  
Blogger Donn K Flipse said...

Agreed with all....


November 08, 2014 6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MORE ART GALLERIES! MORE PERFORMANCE ART! MORE MUSIC! MORE THEATRE! MORE ART of all kinds! Do we need more restaurants and shoe stores? Come on ~ who ever said peace, love, and shoes, man~ ? Yeah, NO ONE.

The grove has an artsy bohemian vibe...foster that ~ don't try to turn us into something we're not.

November 08, 2014 11:15 AM  

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