Now, of course, there are a lot more meaningful things to say about the Dalai Lama’s visit, but the more we think about this episode in “meaning” the more it interests us. We’ve listened to the video of the Paramount Theater talk, and it sure sounds like “fuck it” to us. What’s more, the reaction from the audience and the panels clearly suggested they thought he said it too. Everyone cracked up! Over at the Hook, Dave McNair went into this in a little more detail, and also included the audio clip. A mispronunciation? Or the DL being a stand-up comic? Either way, he’s a hipster to us.
One of the things that make the DTM so unique is that it is like a little city-scape, or rather all the things that make city streets special packed into these 9 blocks. Seriously, think of all the things you can walk to when you’re standing on the DTM….kinda blows your mind.
You can walk to see a movie, get a coffee, go skating, eat at a nice restaurant, see live music, buy clothes & gifts, pick up prescriptions, go to the bank, go to the library, the post office, catch a bus, get a suit tailored, get a massage, see a doctor, make a public statement (free speech wall), see the police, go to a City Council meeting, play basketball, shop for groceries, buy a book, rest in a park, see art, see a play, get your taxes done, invest money, go to hairdresser or barber, get a hotel room, go to a farmer’s market, go out on the town for late night fun, buy furniture, get a replacement key, get a job, have ice cream, get a cupcake, find antiques, get a rain barrel, talk to a reporter, find a lawyer, go to school, find a daycare, do martial arts, dance, do yoga, workout, go swimming, get burial services, go to church, get fast food, get musical instruments, visit a homeless shelter, learn a language, get your photo taken, take a tour, buy some running shoes, pawn your stuff, buy or sell jewelry, buy a rug, get a nice cigar, get your glasses fixed, find toys for kids, blow your own glass, enjoy a spa day, play music on the street for money, get your nails done, get office supplies, find fun stuff for kids to do, throw money into a fountain for good luck, and….
….got anything to add?
A blogger named Patience_Crabstick pens a post critical of the Downtown Mall, saying it feels “more and more like it’s for customers only.” She’s tired to of having one sidewalk over the Belmont Bridge closed off, too. What do you think?