Over the centuries--not all of which I have personally witnessed, mind you--humankind has struggled with the great questions. These include the existence of God, the distribution of resources, and the quest for something to do in Milwaukee after 10 p.m.
Here's the deal:
- I am paying a premium to live near Downtown Milwaukee--$820 a month (including parking) for a large studio, albeit one I'm very happy with. And I'm "grandfathered in". If I moved, they'd charge the new tenant $885 plus parking. Not so much happy with the neighborhood right now. Other than proximity to work (which is great) and the ability to go car-free for long periods (which is awesome), how do I justify the expense to myself? I can't get laid here--not that I could anywhere--and most nights, there's nothing to do after work. And such logistical problems arguably add up to feeling crappy enough every couple years to seek therapy.
- If there aren't 10,000 people on this side of town in the exact same situation, I will eat my shorts. I feel like these subjects should not be off limits for local websites. How incredible and empowering would it be to have a website--at least occasionally--be your virtual "wingman" or "wingwoman"?
- I am 42 going on 43 years old. I need to go out more than two or three nights a week. Until I meet someone, I can't just put socializing on hold for 2/3 of the week, especially not when I am at or near the top of my game, physically and mentally. Ain't no one getting any younger, least of all me.
- I feel that local websites are long on arty-farty writing and short on actionable intel and original insights. We have a surplus of humanities students (myself included) and it seems to me that someone just needs to say to these sites, "We get it!" I don't check local websites to be astounded by cleverness. I check them to find shit to do. I believe content accessed with relatively costly mobile connectivity should add more value to people's lives than a free newspaper, and should not be written from the same hidebound and uncommercial viewpoint.