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Re: “The Charleston Tell

What an excellent event! We had eight stories last night that spanned comedy to poignancy, and covered topics such as little league, high school and college trip misadventures, and how to become best friends with Richard Simmons (hint: sing along with him). Thanks to John McMahon for organizing the event and to all the story tellers who were brave enough to get up in front of a bunch of strangers and share true stories with us.

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Posted by vudumike on May 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

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Re: “Southern Charm's Thomas Ravenel considers buying City Paper, wants to spank our editor

I heard he was planning on selling the rights to The Ravenel Bridge to fund his playboy lifestyle...

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Posted by vudumike on January 25, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Re: “City Council considers requiring bar security to patrol sidewalks, parking lots

In this article, Boston, from the Rec Room, rightly states that bars pay higher taxes because its already recognized that we're more of a burden on city services. I think we pay like 1000% more for our business license than a similarly sized law office. What no one has mentioned yet is: 1). Liability insurance rates skyrocket when bars employ bouncers, I mean security personnel, because ins. co.s know that it leads to more lawsuits. 2). We are still gonna call the cops, only now we'll have more incidents, so we'll call even more. 3). Affected communities can already persue remedy against offending businesses: noise, nuisance, drug, and pandering laws are already on the books, and responsible business owners stay on good terms with their neighbors and avoid getting sued/arrested. Irresponsible business owners can be forced out. 4). There will be no geographical boundaries to this law. While it's aimed at upper King, it will apply equally to freestanding buildings in industrial zones and suburban shopping malls.
The city already has an arsenal of tools to affect change. Like the gun lobby says: "Let's start enforcing existing laws before we rush to write new ones".
Mike Kulick
Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge
The Tattooed Moose

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Posted by vudumike on May 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Late Night law would force bar owners to create powerless police force, endanger lives

In the related article, Boston, from the Rec Room, rightly states that bars pay higher taxes because its already recognized that we're more of a burden on city services. I think we pay like 1000% more for our business license than a similarly sized law office. What no one has mentioned yet is: 1). Liability insurance rates skyrocket when bars employ bouncers, I mean security personnel, because ins. co.s know that it leads to more lawsuits. 2). We are still gonna call the cops, only now we'll have more incidents, so we'll call even more. 3). Affected communities can already persue remedy against offending businesses: noise, nuisance, drug, and pandering laws are already on the books, and responsible business owners stay on good terms with their neighbors and avoid getting sued/arrested. Irresponsible business owners can be forced out. 4). There will be no geographical boundaries to this law. While it's aimed at upper King, it will apply equally to freestanding buildings in industrial zones and suburban shopping malls.
The city already has an arsenal of tools to affect change. Like the gun lobby says: "Let's start enforcing existing laws before we rush to write new ones".
Mike Kulick
Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge
The Tattooed Moose

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Posted by vudumike on May 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Old Crow Medicine Show to headline First Flush FesTEAval

If you don't like good beer or family friendly music, this is the event for you!
To be fair, I got to the First Flush a few hours after opening and with a poor attitude. I'd hoped things would get better. Nope. Parking was, of course, as far as you could get from the event; forgiveable, but made worse by a parking attendant who directed us the nearest entrance, only to be turned away to re-trace our steps as it was "reentry only".
Upon entering we were subjected to the worst disappointment: the beer selection. Although the beer was provided by Lee Distributors (maybe the biggest craft beer supplier in town), the selection was limited to light american lagers and RJ Rockers peach beer. No local beers, no craft beers. I felt like I was at Wave-Fest circa 2002. Maybe all the good beer was allocated to Brittlebank park beer fest? $5 for a 16oz miller was expensive but expected (festival draft cups are usually 20oz, with craft beers in 16oz). $8 for a vodka drink (firefly sweet tea conspicuously absent) was just gouging.
The food trucks were great (as always) and there seemed to enough to serve everyone. I particularly enjoyed my Auto-Banh bahn mi.
The grounds are nice, with plenty of shade. There is however, a major bottleneck: a choke point the width of a single sidewalk that separates the entrance, the toilets, and most of the food from the main area. A handful of foot bridges over the ubiquitous ditches would help relieve pedestrian congestion.
My second biggest complaint is the music selection. Not that it was bad, but when Old Crow Medicine Show is headlining, I expect some complimentary music, not the mix of local rock and white-guy reggae/hip hop that dominated the (loud) main stage. None of it was terribly family-friendly. No bluegrass, no americana, no old-timey music was to be heard. Some of the best music could barely be heard, coming from the very quiet second stage.
The other bottleneck becomes apparent when 1000 cars try to leave at the same time: there's only one way out. I don't think it would be asking too much to divert some of those beer profits to building a second exit. We weren't the last cars in, but it took a solid 45 minutes to get to Maybank Hwy at midnight.
I went to First Flush a few years ago when it was a smaller affair. Now that it's grown into it's current incarnation I won't be going back.

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Posted by vudumike on May 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Re: “I-526 could be Riley's biggest mistake

As an avid follower of civic engineering and community planning, all data points the opposite of the intended result of finishing 526. Traffic congestion will be eased in few locations for a little while, then development spurred by the new roads will cause greater and more widespread traffic problems. Please see any other big southern city for examples. The only to reliably cut traffic congestion is to cut traffic: toll roads, public transportation, and building closer(and denser) to city centers. Has anyone given thought to how Calhoun and Lockwood will absorb an extra 200 cars per minute?

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Posted by vudumike on November 29, 2012 at 8:04 AM

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