Monday, September 12, 2011
Blackout Makes The Lights Go On
Mired in all of the details of opening, it’s been easy to lose sight of the big picture. It was the blackout last Thursday that illuminated things for us. We were reminded that our goal of creating a place where folks can gather, relax, eat, drink, socialize and have fun all without TV’s or computers is an important and valuable one. The moment the lights went out, neighbors poured into the street comparing notes, trying to figure out what was happening. Soon our friends from Hyde Edwards Salon came over, they had cash and we had cold beer and wine so we all settled in for the evening. Other neighbors joined us and soon everyone was talking, laughing playing charades, and passing the time. When it got dark we lit some candles and kept the party going. Someone ran home and got a bar-b-que and Chef Jeff cooked up some tuna and chicken for everyone. Over the past few days, we've heard numerous stories of neighbors meeting for the first time and groups of strangers gathering together. Funny how people truly connect when they disconnect. Welcome to the moment. Everything else is just excess.