Barney's is still there, on the same block as a homeless shelter. It's right around the corner from Springs Rescue Mission, too. [SARCASM] It's a wonder the homeless and the drug addicts haven't destroyed this local business given their proximity to it. [/SARCASM] It's still extraordinarily cheap, too. She wasn't "the one" though. The last time I was there my date and I ate breakfast for about $10. We left a huge tip, too. We wipe our asses with $20 bills, so why not tip 100%? I'd rather be one of the miscreants than one of the goobers, thank you very much.
B.B. King can spend all of his time "chatting with the front row" for all I care. All the more excuse to be there. Sad I'm not.
Fuck you, yo.
Military Jay is afraid to go outside now that the demon weed is legal? OK. Thanks for expressing your concerns, MJ. I deal with the fear of drunken G.Is downtown beating the shit out of me every weekend in dowtown CoS, a stone's throw from Manitou. I weigh the risk every weekend. Is going out worth it? Am I too jumpy tonight? Will this shirt make someone want to kick my ass? What about the look on my face? What if some PTSD-afflicted Army fuckhead takes offense to *something*? Am I gonna die tonight? We live in a violent town mostly because of the military, the same military that enables M.J. to make his blood money. Weed that mellows people's harshness is coming, whether M.J. likes it or not. It's already here. It's been here all along. Fuck you if you don't like it.
14 miles is a 1-hour bike ride. Just saying.
I'm not claiming this is the end-all-be-all truth of the matter, but local retailer sob stories about getting wrecked by web retailers generate absolutely no sympathy from me. As an Army Brat, I was never fortunate enough to spend enough time in a place to "develop relationships" with local companies regardless of where my father's career took me. However, I have always had access to the Internet. I practically begged my parents to buy a computer and pay for dial-up when I was a kid. I've been on the 'net for 20 years. I'm 30 years old, to give you an idea. When I was a kid I traded collectible trading cards and comic books on the web using a dial-up connection, Usenet groups, and trust systems based on references from other traders. As an adult, I now make ALL of my money online, with very little of it coming from local businesses. I work with ONE carefully selected local business as a vendor. The rest of my revenue comes from companies in SFC, NYC, London, and the rest of the world. I'll be the first to tell you they have you outgunned in terms of the marketing budgets they make available to all types of creative professionals. I have never seen the faces or heard the voices of some of the people who employ me, and my relationships with those people mean the world to me. I've worked with web retailers, including some of those named in this article. They support me in my chosen field in ways local businesses have looked at me like I'm stupid for even suggesting. There's a reason you're getting wrecked, local businesses, and it has nothing to do with your customers and everything to do with YOU. If I feel better about the service I get from a call center employee at a big, evil web retailer (who emails me return postage ON THE SPOT and ships the right stuff SAME DAY) than I do about the "service" you provide in your store, you have a HUGE problem. It's not your customers' problem, either. It's YOUR problem. If you refuse to hire smart people to build you a legitimate web presence designed to capture "showrooming" revenue and prefer to bitch about the big, evil web retailers - again - not my problem. In fact, those companies butter my bread in ways you never could. I help build that stuff, and time and time again you and your brethren (local CoS businesses) have indicated you're not interested. Fine. I am not limited by geography like you are. I'm not the one going out of business. YOU ARE. Provide unique experiences, excellent customer service, and great product at great prices in real life and online OR ELSE. ADAPT OR DIE! It's a dog fight, and the Internet has BIG TEETH you can use to your advantage the second you stop sneering at it and invest some real resources in it.
Totally rad. Big ups to Dave.
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