Friday, September 24, 2010

3.12 :: A Story about a downtown kid and his culture

Hey lambs and hunny bunnies,

I'm so sorry it's been almost a week since my last blog.

I'm sitting here at 3Below enjoying some lunch a cocktail mid-day. Today is the first day of the Mirasol Chile & Frijole Festival in Pueblo and I'm adoring the teamwork and comradary in the middle of the street setting up booths, tents, etc.

For me, downtown is a way of life, not a an area of town..

Someone who is a downtown kid (any downtown around the world mind you) whether you're in SoHo (London) or Chelsea (NY) or in SoCo, is someone that moves with the ebb and flow of that particular communities business, entrepeneurs, underdogs and sticks by them 100%. Generally, you find independent boutiques, coffee houses, bars and awkward hippie-esque abodes. The people are very "underground cool." Lots of odes to grunge, bohemia, and the punk scene. It's very coffeehouse.

The fashionable are generally cutting edge or classic with a little edge.

People don't eat at normal times, they come and go as they please, they move in about seven different social circles, their "Day job" is part of their passions (ie artist, graphic designer, barista, hairstylist) and they greet everyone as "brother, dude, sister, man"... no one has a social status.

At the end of the day we are all the poorest rich people in the world and the richest poor people. We have it all, because we work hard, but have no health insurance and rent lofts and right checks and pray the money will be there. We make large in investments and online orders with confidence and stay in a quote-unquote "budget", but there really is not one established, we eat lunch at a new place everyday and when someone joins are downtown crowd, we take them under our wing and watch them blossom and watch them run their block in their own way.

In other words, downtown is WHERE THE COMMUNITY IS AT!

So, tell me, are you a downtown kid at heart?

I am and I live it everyday!

See you downtown.

-j ry.

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