Thoughts mostly about travel and places I have been. While a lot of my travel is into the backcountry backpacking or paddling I do my share of trips to more traditional front-country locations too. From time to time other items of note will appear that definitely fall outside the realm of travel and associated things. It is also worth noting that I am legally blind.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Winter Warriors You Never Knew
This probably says more about me than anything else. It is a sunny afternoon here in town. The first multiple-hour bit of sunshine we have had in quite some time. I decided to go for a walk. I bundled up against the cold, especially the brisk chill wind, and went out for a neighborhood stroll. The ramble took me into downtown where I found the scene shown in the video. People sitting outside drinking beers and snacking on appetizers. It was a special event: Winter Warriors. Many rstaurants around zmain Street were putting on specials for people braving the sunny cold. Sure it got some press but I missed it. I never saw a tweet from AnnArbor.com (there may have been one) or heard mention on WEMU or WUOM. I wouldve missed it exvcept I walked into it. How do we keep up with special events like this? If it was held on a regular basis that would help. But the real problem is information distribution is so fractured now that unless you follow just the right source you miss things. Figuring out what the right sources are is the real challenge. It is a challenge for the consumer and the producer (on this case the restaurants and stores putting on the event are the producers). I don't have an answer for this problem. Perhaps i'm a bad consumer, but I think there must be a better way to share information we care about. Not all bits of information are equal.