Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Life in Grand Rapids-Radio Void Vol. I

Going to college in Grand Rapids, Michigan was an interesting experience. Grand Rapids is a mid-sized town. Large enough to have malls and other conveniences, but small enough that entertainment is limited. Most obvious was the lack of a nightlife to speak of. It's not a "college town" even though it has at least three colleges in it that I can think of. No student occupied bars, no clubs, not much to do.

So what do you do when there is no mainstream offering and you're only 18? You hang at the local gay bar, that's what. From the first time our motley crew entered, it oddly felt like home. It had a small dance floor, loud music, and was a friendly scene. And the big bonus, they would serve us even though we were clearly under age.

As a female, it was great! I could hang out with my friends and never had to worry about the slobbering drunken idiots that plague you as the night wears on. The only possible negative side effect was that I know far too many disco anthems. I will happily dance and sing along with "It's Raining Men." I also own all the Culture Club albums. I suppose I could call this my private shame, but at this point it's become a fond memory.


lulu said...

You had that awesome breakfast just breakfast place though, and that club where we snuck in our own beer.

Tenacious S said...

This is Vol. I, don't worry.

Sonja said...

Club 67!!!

Many sweaty nights of Erasure and Coronas with lime.

I went there all the time with Erwin - it was his fave spot, which should have tipped me off...

Tenacious S said...

I wouldn't have survived freshman year without it.

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