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The Copy and Paste Generation

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I am 24. Do you guys remember Type to Learn? We were the first waves of computer students. We had computer class when we were 9 years old which sounds past due according to today’s standards. Do schools even have that anymore or are kids just naturally engrained with computers skills from playing with their iPads and iPhones starting at age 2?

What I am getting at is that we have grown up with a mindset that is prone to shortcuts. Do you remember hand writing your essays? That shit took forever… on another note, do schools even teach cursive nowadays?  Along with learning to type, meant learning to Cut and Paste-

Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V

= the easy way out

Don’t lie, we have all done it despite our vast MLA education that they pound into our heads every year starting in 4th grade. Every single one of us has either used a friends old essay, or copied and pasted at least a sentence or two from some online source. We have all even heard of those people who have directly copied a full Wikipedia page to use as an essay (we heard of these people because they were caught). I thought that was an urban legend but apparently people did it.

What this has created fifteen years later is a generation of laziness. We forget what hard work is because we have always had it so easy. The most difficult problem for us now is when our technology fails us. It is supposed to help us but lets be honest- its a big technical headache when your computers don’t do what you tell them to do.  Since we grew up with a generation of “hmm lets type this” or “let’s copy and paste this just to save a few minutes”- we now have the mentality of instant gratification and the use of shortcuts to shave off a couple of minutes that could be now be used to check Instagram or watch TV.

Just like everything there are Pros and Cons. Even though I sound very pessimistic about my generation, there are also great innovations that have been made because of our robot like minds. Many of my friends have launched different Startup companies, or developed well known apps. And of course computers and technology have brought us a long way, in terms of health, science, medicine, and general knowledge. I often wonder if we have limited ourselves socially in exchange for easy access to vast information. What do you think, are we better off now?

Going back to 4th grade, do you remember D.E.A.R?  Drop Everything and Read- for 15 minutes. Well I want to employ D.E.A.L- DROP EVERYTHING AND LIVE. And just to make it relevant I will make it a hashtag.

#DEAL

It means you are going off line and off technology.  Maybe we could all pledge for 2 hours a day to just get off the tech train and get back to the basics. Anyone with me?

Find Your Inner Child

I have lots of kids in my family, and being around them so much gives me a new lease on life and a perspective that most of us have lost as we get older. Being around the youngin’s gives me a new appreciation for people who work a lot with children- maybe they are on their own quest to rekindle that magic and wonder that is childhood. We now get that same suspension of disbelief  from watching movies- we yearn it and we seek it elsewhere because we have lost the capacity to find it in ourselves.

I encourage everyone to do something for your inner child every day!

Heres a WikiHow on embracing your inner child…

 


 

The Rise and Fall of the Valley Bar Scene

I have been super happy about the new generation of lounges, bars and cool hang outs that have started to repopulate the boulevard- mainly in Sherman Oaks. Murphs, The One Up, The Woodman, Tipple and Brine, Tunnel Bar, Bow & Truss, to name a few. Actually all of these places are WONDERFUL, but as gastropubs only.

The Problem

What happened to the grungy, out all night, meeting fun people, going to a house after party, valley scene? For the most parts, these bars close down by 1am, sometimes even midnight. I talked to a manager at one of the spots who said that as soon as they have hit their goal profit for a night, or have had a good night- they close.

I get it, it eliminates the late night drunks and shenanigans that come with that (cops, puke, fights, yelling), but come one guys, what about the people?? Who remembers Smiles? That place was as close to Anything Goes as you could get… no wonder it got shut down.

The Pros

– A more mature crowd- less drunk idiots and creepers

– Delicious and well made food and drinks

-Parking that is more convenient than over the hill

-A slew of bars near each other for hopping

-GAMES! Most places feature games, either board games like at Bow & Truss, actual arcade games like at The One Up, or pool tables at Brickyard in North Hollywood

The Cons

-These places are catered to already formed groups, it seems harder to meet new people. Most bars are not set up for cross mingling and feature secluded tables or couches

-Early closing time- Most people don’t leave their house until 10 or 11 so that doesn’t give much time.

-Every bar is the same- same hipster look and same vibe (the majority)

-No dancing… forget about it- head to Skinnys for that

So boo hoo… now we have to settle for good drinks, and good food- and an early night. These hipster bars and speak easy’s that used to be a dime a dozen a few years ago now seem to be the norm. I guess we will have to get our kicks elsewhere- but I am also not 21 any more, so maybe I should just accept a more mature atmosphere and good conversation over a Moscow Mule and a Grass Fed Beef Slider Trio.

[PS This does not put an end my continual quest to find the best night adventures LA and the valley have to offer]

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Soul Food spot- in Baldwin Hills- not my usual stomping grounds, but made a res for a friends Bday who said it was delicious southern food with the full range of corn bread and fried chicken along with refreshing tomato and watermelon salads. Decent food, but slow service, took probably 20 minutes to get our table of 8 their drinks, some of which were just a little more than half full- stingy.

Fun Fact: They grow most of their herbs on location; rosemary, mint, basil… You wouldn’t expect that kind of hands on care from a restaurant smack dab between a Macy’s and a Sears.

Relaxing candle light and twinkle light lit patio with lots of heaters, and live music on Saturday nights. I was surprised how empty the restaurant was. Click the photo above to check their menu.

Overall I give the experience a B+