Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fuck global. Shop Local…when you can!!!




As previously posted my friend B.C. Brown and I have opened a book store, in Vincennes, Indiana.

The store and other responsibilities have been very time consuming. The thing that seems to be suffering the most has been my writing. I have only turned out two short stories since I returned to Indiana, but I have started another novel and began to out line a short film adoption of a Ernest Hemingway story.

It’s good to be back in a smaller city. It is nice to walk down sidewalk and recognize folks, even if I don’t know them on a personal level. There is a certain level of safe feeling that comes with that.

A lot of people complain that many small towns and cities are boring, but I think that anywhere you live is what you make of it. If there isn’t anything that appeals to your interests, the smart idea is to find like minded people and start something. The way to make a difference is to stop talking make things happen. That was the idea behind opening The Mockingbird Book Emporium.

I can’t even remember the last time I was bored. If anything, I wish there were more hours in the day

The only downside to living back in this area is that most downtown and locally owned businesses close at 5pm. That makes it hard to shop local and avoid corporate giant beast like Wal-Mart and other national chain stores, which run “mom and pop shops” out of business.

I once say a bumper sticker that read “Wal-Mart: Providing minimum wage for an entire community.”

Living back in this area I think another appropriate bumper sticker would be. “Family Video: We have the best selection, because we run everyone else out of business.”

Even if I could find time to rent a movie and sit down to watch it, if our local Family Video doesn’t have it, I’m shit out of luck. My other options are to spend a few more dollars, wit a few more days and order it from Amazon, or just settle for another movie.

I guess it’s time to stop bitching and get back to it.

Fuck global. Shop Local…when you can!!!

- Travis