Christian Detres 
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Re: “Mapper's Delight

@sigh The discovery aspect you talk about was the most fun part of writing the guide. Unaided discovery is a long process for people new to the city if they're moving here and a pretty impossible one if you are only here for, say, a weekend. We're just shortening the learning curve for people that find a kinship in the perspective offered by the guide. I advocate discovery wholeheartedly. It is the driving motivation behind the brand. If you think about it, discovery (as it applies to bars/restaurants etc) usually comes with a prior recommendation, no? We're just offering recommendations. No need for controversy I think :)

@badonkadonk - Besides having an awesome screen name, I don't necessarily agree with your "stuff white people like" comment. I'm not white. I'm a very caramelious (yeah just made that word up) brown. I like to party. I like to party with people that like to party. I have my preferences for the types of establishments I frequent, sure. I'm only human. I am also pretty open-minded about trying new things. If you feel I've missed out on some fun spots, please please please let me know where they are. I'm a lucky guy; I get to do this for a living.

Opinions are tricky things. It takes a little self-indulgence to consider your own worthy of print. It's a shaky limb to walk out on. In the end, it's an informed opinion (I've been writing about lifestyles in the city for nearly 15 years) but certainly not omniscient. If there's one thing I like more than being right, it's being exposed to something unexpected and new. So, believe me when I say if there's something fun going on this city I don't know about, point me at it. Email me any suggestions to christian@gunghoguides.com.

Cheers,

Christian Detres

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Posted by Christian Detres on 07/19/2012 at 1:14 PM

Re: “En Route to Revelry

I know this is a simply a diary of a fun night but a statement or two about the great benefit this bus is to the community is missing. As a journalist myself, I hate that I have to stray from my narratives (usually sarcastic and cynical in tone) to provide objectivity. Those are not the fun sentences.

It's unfortunate, but important to do so because there are too many knee-jerks in this world that can use my flippancy as a argument to undermine institutions that deserve our admiration and praise like the 2BNB organization. The "drunk" that vomited out the window in this story showed more character and responsibility than the THOUSANDS of people who drove home wasted that night. That's an insightful point that deserves mentioning.

In a city where it's illegal to dance in a lot of music venues (seriously, look it up) the existence of a service like 2BNB is tenuous, fragile. Anyone can get a titillating story out of the frothy brew of lowered inhibitions, youth, loud music and the road. If this were MAXIM or VICE or some other publication where context allows for a grittier take on the issue, this would be perfect. A lot of people rely on Style to do the investigative journalism the RTD is incapable of doing, to bring the heart of an issue to the page with all the "heart" intact, to understand that their words can be taken as an indictment against the very organization they intend to commend.

That said, fun article. The 2BNB is a riot for sure but let's not give anyone motivation to threaten its mission. We, as indie media providers of swagger-y opinions and daring tales, have NO obligation to be nice or even-handed. It's just a matter of being cool. Be cool.

Cheers,

Christian Detres

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Posted by Christian Detres on 06/28/2012 at 11:24 AM

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