Sunday, October 07, 2007

Punk Rock ties, Development, Oddities on Cherokee and other Projects and pix

Last night I went to a fine birthday celebration for a young great American and Saint Louisan.
I was rolling with the G-man, and the last time I saw him was in DC a couple of weeks ago where he was training at Quantico. The party was held just off of Cherokee near Jefferson and the kids were dressed to the 9s. The punk rock party goers were clad in suits, ties and dresses. Some of them looked homemade, and others looked a little extra punk rock, but nearly all looked respectable. It was packed, good music, good drink and good company. They could have stood to spray certain kids down with some hoses, but hey, it is a warm October. We all have an odor in the heat.

The G-man and I walked down the length of Cherokee late at night on our way back to my detective's car. We did notice one really odd occurrence on our walk. There was this woman poking around in the ground on this empty lot. I don't know this woman at all, but apparently she has quite a reputation in the neighborhood and among the businesses. I don't really know what she was doing at this late hour with great focused determination poking around in the ground of a close gated empty parking lot. I was curious what was going on, so the G-man and I greeted her and she didn't even look up. Strange. We enjoyed the night air and walked on. I hope she was okay.

The streetlife on Cherokee last night was truly impressive. The streets were full for the Casa Loma was having a big party with a fine crowd of country style men and women walking up and down the street at Iowa and Cherokee, just outside of my new property. There was actually a bit of a traffic jam. Dressed up, going in and out of the Casa Loma. The street was bumping. It was exciting to see life later at night on the street. Very positive.

But the greatest thing that I noticed very late at night: The taco trailer is back. I nearly cried I was so happy. The only thing else that we need on Cherokee now is a bank, an army surplus store, a bike shop, a shoe cobbler, 24 hour open air produce market, Vietnamese sandwich shop, a dry cleaner, and a tea room and the area is perfect. Okay, that is maybe my personal perfect world.

The taco trailer was on the parking lot across from the Casa Loma and it just breathed real urban life. People walking, talking, smiling, eating. The street was happy and safe. Commerce, good memories, people undwinding after a long week of work. So good to see life in the neighborhood. This is the same crew that was out in front of La Onda years back. A Mexican band had just played in the upstairs ballroom. Fresh cilantro, peppers, chorizo, cesos, carne asada, onions, corn tortillas, limes, fresh green salsa, guac, red salsa and more. So, so, so good. My associate the G-Man has been living in Chicago for the past five or so years, and he said this was far better than the tacos he eats all the time in Chicago.

The G-Man is a sharp guy. He has invested in real estate in Saint Louis, not in Chicago. He knows the market here, the direction and the amount of growth we can go if we(government) allow ourselves to achieve that level.


So I am working on a an independent project. I may not be able to post for the next two weeks for I am required to do a lot of writing. So any video from my vacation or other posts will be delayed for a bit.


And my chum Ryan Brunner was just over in Germany. Ryan is putting on a party here at the Royale called the Drink Pink, a benefit for Komen for the Cure we are hosting on Oct 30. He put up a Royale sticker on an old section of the Berlin Wall. He thought I might enjoy the graff on the wall too. Here it is:


Blogger Eric said...

Yes! I've been pining for that taco trailer for probably two years! Are they only open where there are shows at Casa Loma? Are they still open until 3 a.m.?

11:04 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

As far as I know, it is only on nights there are Mexican bands at the Casa Loma. I will let you know. It was open to at least three that night. Things are going in the right direction.

12:09 PM  

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