discussions about the high cost and questionable sustainability of living in a big city, what use we make of our cities starts to matter. Do we pay such high rents so we can go see an awesome band or a movie at the Castro or a drag show every night of the week, or do we pay those high rents because it's nice knowing we could do those things, if we were in the mood? Or does paying that rent mean we can't actually afford to do any of those citified things? (That one is certainly a factor for me.) And if part of what makes cities vibrant and alive is all those street festivals and art shows, do we have an obligation to get out there and support them, be a part of them? Are you one of those people who are out there all the time, attending lectures, art openings, film festivals, and book signings? How do you do it? This seems like a good opportunity for a quote from Bridget Jones, yes?
"Realize, as the long hot days freakishly repeat themselves, one after the other, that whatever I am doing I really think I ought to be doing something else. It comes from the same feeling family as the one which periodically makes you think that just because you live in central London you should be out at the RSC/Albert Hall/Tower of London/Royal Academy/Madame Tussauds, instead of hanging around in bars enjoying yourself." -Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding, 1996I love that: instead of enjoying yourself. I don't mean to say for a second that you can't enjoy yourself at the Conservatory of Flowers or Omnivore Books — both of those places are lovely — but that pursuing activities out of guilt rarely turns out well. However, if you have a hankering to see the new exhibit at the DeYoung and you have a similarly-minded friend, I highly encourage you two to take the plunge, get out there, and go for it! And then you can discuss everything you saw, back at the bar. The best of both worlds. (Image: Sarah Coffey)