narcoleptish wrote:TheBookPolice wrote:mrak wrote: I hope it succeeds, but it all feels just a little too oh-so-cool for my comfort.
mrak, it's not just you and your comment, but I'm exasperated. You're going to have to bear the brunt. Since when did "cool" come to mean the opposite?
I have to comment on this. I've felt that way about a few places in town (too cool...) in the last couple of years and I can't quite explain it. I don't want to feel that way, this place looks like someplace I would really like and I will get there eventually, but I know I'll get the same feeling as mrak, at least a little, even if I don't want to. I love the recycled materials ethos that they seem to have implemented in the design of the store (I build furniture that way), I love the neighborhood store thing, trying to be dog friendly is great. But there's definitely a chance that the place is going to give me one of two vibes that seem to make me feel the way mrak does. There's the basic "hipster/cooler than you" vibe, that I get at tubb's and nattspiel, and then there's the "we're doing everything absolutely right!" vibe, that this store will probably give me. It's unfortunate and a little vexing, but I will fight it and go in there anyway dammit! My best guess as to why this happens is simple age. I mean.....I've been cool for years! I've had a subscription to Dwell since before you little punks knew what it was (I'm saying all this with a smile BTW), I've been making things and decorating with salvaged materials since the eighties man! But alas, now when I go into the cool new places, I feel like it's a high school party and I'm just that "old dude in the kitchen".
But it looks like a interesting store and everybody should check it out. I'll be there, walking on the cuffs of my pants, cuz ya know, that's how all the kids are wearin em.
How dare you un-jack our Lebowski jack?!
I do understand both your position and mrak's (post-explanation); it's an issue of genuine vs. genuine imitation, not cool vs. whatever the opposite of cool is. I think MoCo is too personal an endeavor to be anything less than genuine, but I'm a touchy-feely kinda guy.
But I'd much rather bounce Lebowski quotes back and forth, regardless.