Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Good Vibes, Goodbye (Winter Wonderland)

This past Sunday, Tiffany and I had the pleasure of seeing the conclusion of the Good Vibes Tour, featuring Zion I, Collie Buddz, and Rebelution.

Matisyahu couldn't make it, and that was fine with me.

We had an amazing time. Sure, the rum runners helped a whole lot, but I think the show would've been awesome enough without the intoxicants. The St. Augustine Amphitheater is a fine venue, run by excellent and passionate staff.

Unfortunately, today I woke up with some bad vibes. They were the kind of vibes that had me reading the comments on news stories and Facebook posts and taking said comments seriously.

I told you. Bad vibes, man.

One such article (rather, the comments) that pissed me off pertained to the St. Augustine Amphitheater's decision to no longer continue having a "Winter Wonderland" ice skating rink during the winter season.

Here's the article: http://staugustine.com/news/2013-09-23#.UkIxQbyyyME

The rink isn't making enough money, and the manpower required is simply too much. One woman commenting on the Facebook link had the nerve to say something to the effect of "well maybe the employees should find new jobs."


Others expressed equally selfish, narrow-minded, and misplaced outrage. The employees would like to spend more time with their families on the holidays, but hey, maybe they should just pick a new religion. You don't see Jews staying home from the movies on Christmas.

For the most part, people are just upset that something is changing. Anytime anything new happens here (and most other places), people take to social networking to express their knee-jerk opposition to deviation from the normal routine.

Here's a suggestion for the folks who want to see it continue. Instead of making a big stink, why don't you just volunteer to work "Winter Wonderland" yourselves?

Or is it not that big of a deal?





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