July 29th, 2003

buzzed, B&W

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Um, who's brilliant idea was it to open a gay high school? From the article:

The Hetrick-Martin Institute’s Web site says the school will give its students “an opportunity to obtain a secondary education in a safe and supportive environment. ... We believe that success requires the ability to respect and value the diverse human community.


If you want to teach respect and value of diversity, don't you think students need to be exposed to it, rather than segregating students? Okay, so high school kids are pretty harsh, and sometimes gays, homosexuals, transgenders, etc are forced to hide who they are in high school to avoid torment. I guess the theory is that by the time students get through high school, they're mature enough not to be harsh to their peers? I just feel that the school is setting up a big target for all the homosexuals, and also shielding them from the real world.
buzzed, B&W

Booking

So, while driving to my soccer game tonight, I was thinking about "booking." For those who aren't up on Korean culture, "booking" is where you pay your server to introduce you to someone else, rather than you have to walk up to them with a good intro line. It's big in Koreatown in the Bay Area (the only article I could find on it is here - scroll down to Entry #36)

Anyway, I was mainly thinking about if I owned a club, how I would make this work. From my understanding, K-town is all about appearance - looking like you have money, confidence, and power. But lets say how would this work at a regular college bar, or even a yuppie bar? I'm sure there are tons of guys (and girls) out there who are afraid to make the first move - so would booking reduce this fear? If the behavior is socailly acceptable, and in fact expected at the bar you're at, then would people do it? And how much would patrons be willing to pay? Would a flat fee be the way to go? Or would a pure tip based system work for the servers? Would this system be any better than speed dating? I'm thinking that it would serve a different population than speed dating - which traditionally serves older, more established professionals who don't want to deal with the bar scene. College students, and even yuppies, who still dig bars and clubs, might be interested in booking as it still has some aspects of making the first move, but it lowers the bar, making others more approachable. Or maybe I'm just full of it - but I still think this is an idea that could result in some major money if done correctly . . .
buzzed, B&W

(no subject)

So, why does it seem that more educated people like premium beers? Is it just marketting? Do more educated people have more sophisticated pallets (sp?)? Do those who make more money just need something to spend the extra cash on? I wonder . . .