Awhile attending college at The University of Texas at Austin, a group of friends and I would go to this club every Thursday nights. It was a Latin dance club that play salsa, merengue, cha-cha music, but on Thursday they always had a band playing. It was the same band every Thursday night. This club was different from other clubs because people went there to social dance and it was a friendly environment. No drunks, if you were a regular visitor, people knew who you were, if you were new, people were friendly. I always refer the place to the theme song from the TV show “Cheers”. Where everyone know your name. Remember that TV show back in the 80s?
Well after a few days, the word had spread that the owner of the club was closing it doors. It was shocking to everyone who was a regular visitor at this club. The question quickly came up, “Where would we going to dance?” Of course there were no other places to go, but this was the number one place to go to on Thursday night. The feeling about hearing the news that the club would be closing was disappointing and disbelieving. Why would you close you door to a great night club that people like to come to? We started to hear rumors on the reasons why the place was closing. The possibilities were paying for rent and/or taxes for the location had increase dramatically. Someone or the city decided, let make more money by increasing the cost to keep this place open. Greed is the only word that came to mine when I heard those rumors.
Once this place officially closed that when it really sunk in. Thursday night were no longer exciting as the day my friends and I look forward to, to relieve some stress from school. Other places tried to pick up and continued to where the club left off, but it just wasn’t the same feeling. Some of these place didn’t have enough room for dancing and the atmosphere didn’t feel the same. You could tell because the crowds was small and there were never enough people to dance with.
It took over a year or two for another place to take over and pick up where the club left off. Thursday become exciting again and a night to look forward to. Since I left Austin, Texas I heard that club also closed down, for reasons am not sure of. I could only think that with all the development going on in the downtown area, some big business with money brought the property or had some influence to force the club and the other businesses in the area to close.
Day Fifteen: Your Voice Will Find You
Today’s Prompt: Think about an event you’ve attended and loved. Your hometown’s annual fair. That life-changing music festival. A conference that shifted your worldview. Imagine you’re told it will be cancelled forever or taken over by an evil corporate force.
How does that make you feel?