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Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
1/16/2014 7:54:44 AM
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Re: Entertainment after dark
I'm with you and Nicole, stotheco. Street entertainment adds a lot of charm and vibrancy to a city. I'm not too hung up about the registration idea. Auditions are key to keeping the quality high and so inevitably registration just happens. 

Barcelona has some fantastic street musicians -- some even manage to get the crowds dancing the music is so infectious. But I don't think there's any obligation to pay. If you've stood around and enjoyed the performance then it's a fair gesture. But it's definitely optional (unlike tips in restaurants....)

The buskers I'm less keen on are those who play on the metro, mostly because you don't have a choice about listening to them. And in Madrid they seem to be in every carriage.

stotheco
stotheco  
1/15/2014 4:44:54 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Entertainment after dark
Ah, Jack Reacher. It's not at all that bad, and while his adventures seem pretty unrealistic (really, most in this genre probably are), they are enjoyable to read. The movie isn't half bad, either.

stotheco
stotheco  
1/15/2014 4:42:41 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Entertainment after dark
I agree with Nicole. Street entertainers and performers add to the 'life' in the area. Light shows or lighted displays would certainly give many areas a more lively and vibrant feel, which will encourage some people to stay out more at the very least.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
1/14/2014 12:17:39 PM
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Re: Entertainment after dark
Hi Mary,

There's a lot of information on the Web about the Jack Reacher books. See if you like the premise before buying. I think it's an acquired taste.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/14/2014 12:14:34 PM
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Re: Entertainment after dark
Okay, I will give this a try, @Alan. I will suspend my disbelief in order to enjoy the premise and plot!

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
1/14/2014 11:44:05 AM
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Re: Entertainment after dark
Hi Mary,

Jack Reacher isn't a bum. He stays at cheap motels/hotels and often rides buses to travel to different cities (although he take planes and drives cars). He just wants to travel around the country, living off his Army pension and odd jobs, and not be burdened by possessions.

Doesn't seem like a bad way to live! And he gets caught up in various nefarious activities that he tries to rectify/solve. If he didn't, there wouldn't be any plot to the books! He's also an expert in the martial arts.

I'm reading my fourth Jack Reacher book now, and I think there are 17 so far. Tom Cruise starred in a movie based on one of the books.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
1/14/2014 11:37:35 AM
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Re: Entertainment after dark
Hi Nicole,

I can definitely see how a variety of street entertainers can enhance the vitality of cities and Montgomery County is right to explore the options. My area is one of the "key" areas for improving the nighttime economy, even though it's also one of the most vibrant in the county, but I've seen few if any street performers here, although there are occasional outdoor concerts.

My location also has several public fairs with tents erected on several blocks closed to traffic, such as for arts and crafts.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/14/2014 11:32:54 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Entertainment after dark
Too many questions... where does he manage to shower, sleep, etc? Sounds miserable to me.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
1/14/2014 11:17:39 AM
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Re: Entertainment after dark
Hi Mary,

Jack Reacher is a "nomad" in the sense that he travels around the country and certainly isn't into possessions. But he's definitely not a digital one. He doesn't carry any computer, his phone is typically a burner dumb phone (when he even carries one) and he doesn't even carry clothes; he usually buys a cheap outfit which he wears (and washes) for a few days and then dumps everything and buys another set of clothing! Also, I think he typically changes hotels every few days when he's in a city for more than a few days. Very much into minimalism!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/14/2014 9:54:29 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Entertainment after dark
Thanks for the info on the Jack Reacher books, Alan! Sounds related to the urban nomads we've sometimes mentioned on these boards.

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