Hampden: Why is this man chasing kids down the street with a drink in hand?

Hampden Column

January 29, 2012|By Benn Ray

There's this thing kids have been doing in the neighborhood lately. I've noticed it at my business, I've noticed it when I'm shopping at other businesses in the neighborhood. I've noticed it when I've been trying to enjoy a meal at local eateries.

You're inside minding your own business and then you hear this very loud "Boom" as a pack of kids walk by. What they have just done is hit the front window as hard as they can, I assume because they think it's funny. I also assume it's because they aren't getting enough attention at home.

And while this is amusing to the kids, to everyone else it's at best startling. So here is what I've decided to do. From now on, when a kid beats on my window, instead of chasing them down the street (which is what I did last time. I didn't catch them, but in my defense, I had a cocktail in my hand the whole time and didn't spill a drop. I have my priorities, thank you) ), I will simply casually follow them home. Then I will make a note of that address. Then, late in the evenings and early in the mornings, I will come by that house with some friends and beat on a window as loud as possible. You know, to sort of share the experience.

So, if you have kids, you may want to take a moment and explain to them why they shouldn't pound on windows. Maybe explain to them that glass breaks. They don't seem to have gotten that knowledge from their local school.

But if you do see me running down the street, drink in hand, chasing a pack of kids, more than likely this is why.

I've been getting a lot of questions about what's going on with the space that used to be the Hampden Market. It's being renovated and turned into a restaurant tentatively set to open in the spring of 2011. As more details are made available, I'll be sure to share them with you.

Charlotte Elliott, 837 W. 36th St., will host "A Dream Of Chocolate Celebration," Friday, Feb. 3. Local chocolatier Mark Coulbourne will be on hand to hand out samples and discuss his wares from 4-7 p.m. The 800 block is now officially known as The Choco-Block, since it is also the home of Ma Petite Shoe, the beloved shoes and chocolate specialists.

Also Feb. 3, Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, will host I Am The King Art Auction & Party, a fundraiser for Brad Deason, in order to help out with some of his medical bills after surgery. Contributing artists will include Josh Sisk, Ben Claassen III, Nolen Strals, Jim Lucio, Joe MacLeod, J.M. Giordano, Luster Kaboom, Jeremy Crawford, Abby Logsdon and Kara Mae Harris. The silent auction starts at 7 p.m., and ends around 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 3 is also First Fridays in Hampden, with a number of other businesses staying open late, hosting special events and having sales.

And on Saturday, Feb. 4, Double Negative, Murder, Triac and Wargames will be playing at the Golden West Café, 1105 W. 36th St., starting at 10 p.m. This is also a record release show for Murder.

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