DMD and I have been chatting about how alive WeFi was this weekend. Its probably a combination of the good weather and the opening of two new night spots (The Imperial and Divine Ultra Lounge)–whatever the reason, its a great development for the neighborhood. I absolutely love the Imperial, the frites are fantastic. This place keeps getting busier and busier and the crowds are justified. More on Divine below. I didn’t know Jill Benesch is “queen of young downtown Reno” Surely, I would have heard. And when did Johnathon L. Wright turn into a gossip columnist? Anyway, WeFi has a bar circuit now which makes for a lovely and varied night out.
I am wary of any place calling itself an “ultra lounge,” but I can get down with Divine. Its city slicker cool inside and they play good dance music for those who want to boogie down. The stylish gays were out in force which is always a good sign for a place’s hip quotient–even in Reno. However, the question I have is whether Reno can get down with the whole VIP thing Divine is pushing? I see this as more than a “Reno isn’t Vegas” kind of issue. In fact, the longer I’m here, the more I am convinced that Reno is not really a VIP kind of place. Its just not in the genes (and jeans). How many people do you know that would pay several hundred dollars for bottle service? I’ll be watching Divine to see if their bottle service takes off, because if it does, well, I will have been wrong and I don’t like that. However, I do like Divine as a place to go for a fancy drink and some dancing. And they have comfortable chairs in the main area if you are lucky enough to snag one. Otherwise, if you want to sit down, you’ll have to spend a few hundred dollars for a bottle of your favorite (or affordable) libation.
Okay, but will you make the site load faster? The load speed for the RGJ.com is starting to become a problem. And I still hate the scrolling “breaking news” section. Have they done any usability studies, because I am a pretty good web navigator and I’m finding it much more difficult to find things on RGJ.com.
Read theseposts for coverage of the health care forum in Las Vegas this weekend. I actually watched some of it on Think Progress’ website which went well after a rough start. I never thought I’d say this, but Obama was boring. Did you see Katie Couric’s interview with John and Elizabeth Edwards? It made me squirm. First of all, there was almost no footage of Elizabeth actually speaking, and Couric kept pressing John Edwards to explain why choosing to stay in the campaign was not a betrayal of his personal life or selfish, no matter how many great answers he gave her.
The “social host” ordinance is set to come before the city council soon, sans the red badge for repeated offenders. The comments on this article are more than entertaining. As someone who has experienced a noisy neighbor (the Liquid Lounge), I can tell you that when soundproofing and earplugs don’t work, there isn’t much you can do. My neighborhood doesn’t have any kind of noise ordinance. Its not a lot to ask for people to quiet down after midnight, and I certainly don’t see it as a violation of civil rights as some of the commenter’s do. Its a matter of being a good neighbor, and its a shame that its come to possibly enacting a special ordinance for one neighborhood. I’m not convinced that’s the best thing for the city to do policy-wise, but I definitely sympathize with those just trying to get some sleep. Hopefully, if the ordinance is passed, people won’t abuse it.
Cut the babe some slack indeed. I don’t think Clinton is my choice for the presidential nomination, but I would be more than happy if she was elected president–I think she’d do a great job.
And my favorite Slovenian psychoanalytic cultural theorist (and film critic), Slavoj Zizek, wrote an excellent op-ed on the moral ramifications of living in a nation that accepts torture:
In a way, those who refuse to advocate torture outright but still accept it as a legitimate topic of debate are more dangerous than those who explicitly endorse it. Morality is never just a matter of individual conscience. It thrives only if it is sustained by what Hegel called “objective spirit,” the set of unwritten rules that form the background of every individual’s activity, telling us what is acceptable and what is unacceptable.