The Thursday open thread: What’s the state of your union?

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Life. It’s hurtling by. I’m all over the place.

President Obama wants high-speed rail projects to help boost the economy. Western North Carolina is battening down the hatches for another big winter storm. I’m worried that the Lexington Avenue Brewery is so popular that they’ll run out of beer. 

Urban Outfitters is opening in downtown Asheville, yet the economy still sucks. What’s up is down. What’s down is up. I can’t keep it all straight. I hear that Lark Books recently let some folks go, that URTV has a new name and that Jan Davis wants to allow people to fish out of the Bee Tree Reservoir.

What are you hearing? What’s the state of your union?


Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. noozbiz January 31, 2010

    I work at the local newspaper and was recently belittled and demeaned for taking 4 vacation days around Christmas that had been scheduled since June. So the newspaper is doing just fine!

  2. Miss Daisy January 30, 2010

    Drink all you want. They’ll make more.

  3. judgeyall January 29, 2010

    Meh, you weren’t taking a political stand, you were choosing to be uninformed.

  4. restless January 29, 2010

    I heard that the Sister’s McMullen opened today on Merrimon – where the Dominoes used to be (across from Walgreens). Love me some Sisters.

  5. dempol January 29, 2010

    Yes, Dad, he did. And right there in front of the High Court, Congress and the whole nation.

    The president criticized justices for a recent and radical ruling which removes any type of restrictions on campaign spending. This will open the financial flood-gates for corporations, special interests and their predatory lobbyists. The system for funding election runs in America has been blatantly corrupt for far too long. In some cases it is criminal. At the end of the day, John & Jane Q. Public always get screwed.

    And right there on "live" TV, Justice Alioto shook his head, smirked and mumbled. Read his lips on He said Mr. Obama was not telling the truth. Not quite the "you lie" delivered in the same House Chambers by Rep. Joe Wilson, (R) South Carolina, but quite a scathing reaction from a guy wearing a black robe.

    The president did the right thing. The Supreme Court did not.


  6. ashevillelokel January 29, 2010

    I’m with you duffman.

    The "experience" is less than positive when you have to argue with other patrons over a table or even an empty chair ….

    The part that gets me the most is the people who are so rude that they stand over the table while one tries to eat and socialize … it almost makes you feel like getting up and walking out.

    What some folks don’t seem to realize is the place is a bar and people are likely to sit at a table and simply drink and socialize (maybe for hours on end) and do not appreciate others asking "are you all about done" this has happened to us every single time we have been there ….

    We have found that if you can get away from the entrance (or the front), the problem is not as bad, but still an aggravation.

  7. Bizarro World January 29, 2010

    Mch: except for your comment about smoking you are half empty.

    Urban Outfitters rocks, and just because you can’t fit in their clothes doesn’t mean it is not a good fit for Asheville. If you have nothing nice to say about these much needed attractions in Asheville then I think it would do us all a favor if you just moved. There is more stores and eateries coming down the pipe so pack your bags.

  8. Meh January 29, 2010

    The Urban Outfitters store leaves MUCH to be desired. They seem to think that only super-skinny people live in Asheville. Finally got into LAB, during a slow lunch hour today, and the beer isn’t bad. The food needs some work. I refused to watch Obama’s speech last night so I suppose I missed out. Guess I’m tired of the rhetoric and false promises, constant blame games & b.s. The good news is that since the smoking ban went into effect, my lung capacity has greatly improved and I can enjoy a drink with friends in a bar more often now. 😉

  9. duffman January 28, 2010

    "Ridiculously popular" is beyond an understatement. Good for them! But when you walk in the door you are greeted by a greeter who smiles and politely tells you you’re on your own. So you buy a beer, stalk tables and glare at people who are clearly done eating/drinking, but also in no hurry to leave. They glare back. This "dance" gets LAB off the hook and puts customers in an uncomfortable position.

    So I think management ought to take some responsibility for seating people and maybe add some smaller tables, replacing a few of the larger ones. Perhaps that might help, since I have seen two people occupying four person tables.

    The Chocolate Porter? I think it’s tasty too, PBnJ, but could never drink a pint. Too heavy for me. I don’t like my ale that dark either.

    As for LAB’s ridiculous popularity, remember, there is always Duff at Moe’s. Plenty of seating.

    That’s the state of my union. Drink up! But don’t drive.


  10. Dad January 28, 2010

    Did I hear that right? Obama called out the Supreme Court.

  11. Reg January 28, 2010

    Perhaps, unable to take the heat of burning trillions of tax dollars, BO has decided to take on global warming with a three-year spending freeze?

  12. PBnJ January 28, 2010

    LAB was already out of a particular beer, the American Ale I believe, this week that they had last week…but they also added a new one which was quite tasty, the Chocolate Porter. The place is ridiculously popular though.

  13. Asheville JJ January 28, 2010

    The big question… will Willie be able to make it into town for his concert Saturday night???

  14. FJK January 28, 2010

    "It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine."


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