That's my point, grad. You and paulsobo no doubt have many different views about what things cause long term bad consequences and damage - but you have in common expressing them through choices of which businesses to spend with.
You two sound alike that way - which might annoy both of you to admit - lol!
Who knows, maybe there's overlap and he'd join you in boycott of Pano, or join those who've said they boycott the co-op because it has too many square feet or something.
Your previous comment seemed to suggest he ignore side issues and choose based on good products and value. That's how I've been doing it. If I ever start letting consequences/damage affect choices, I'd eat at Pano's more often because his expansion is an improved consequence compared to the house, and I'd have to not spend at business that endorse potentially damaging lefty political stuff - just seems like too much hassle to try doing all that.
Btw, in case I forget - happy winter xmas seasonal holidays to all.
This event started in 2007 as a Thanksgiving weekend only affair...a black Friday alternative for locals. It has really grown and is now an almost month long event.
the difference for me is that the presence or absence of christmas cheer, music, and decorations in any particular business has no consequences, sets no bad precedents, does no damage. pano taking down a great and usable house does, and it was permanent.
grad, I tend to agree with your comment on this, but haven't also some people on here have advocated not being customers of some businesses for extraneous reasons such as preservation controversies (Pano), zoning disagreements (Lex Co-op), having a Paladino campaign sign (Soho was it?), being a "too large" bank (M&T, etc), and of course some businesses for not being sufficiently local-only.
Those arguably are subjective side issues too, so who's to say the reason of paulsobo is necessarily crazier just because most of us don't care about it?
or maybe there is a better idea. patronize businesses because they provide something that you need or want, at a price you can afford, with pleasant and reliable customer service. or because they are good neighbors. or because your cousin's brother-in-law is the proprietor. or because you clipped a coupon. whatever.
if you need constant reinforcement of your religious identity, then go to church every day. read your scripture. pray or meditate. serve others in the spirit of your messiah. all of these will be better for your soul than making businesses try to acknowledge every possible holy day on the calendar when they are struggling just to make payroll.
hey, great idea! let's also boycott every business who fails to wish us a happy labor day, rosh hashanah, ramadan, vesak (look it up), saturnalia, and iroquois feast of the dead!
interesting. I always assumed it was just short for 'criss', similar to the ped x'ing.
Never crossed my mind that the zealots would think that it's a way of taking christ out of christmas.
just for a little history lesson, please enjoy a pretty decent wikipedia (gasp!) article on how the "x" came to Xmas:
I make a point of using the phrase Xmas if only to rile up the ignorant such as you.
And if you need an explanation of why Xmas has been used since at least the 17th century, then you are stupid as you are arrogant.
Leave it to her to ruin a thread.
Great concept, folks. I agree that this is a good direction for the market--make it a true market comprised of independent food retailers (certainly with some Polish representation, but representative of MUCH more than that).
Think Embarcadero in San Fran.
ChristieLou, you left out the hippies and the gays. You've never cut them slack before so why start now? You are a great ambassador of the holiday spirit. Happy Chanukah.
I encourage everyone to go to church for the 12 weeks of Christmas and I encourage everyone to boycott all businesses that refuse to say Merry Christmas or include the word Christmas in their Holiday decorations, advertising etc.
Awesome! We are definitely going to this and have my family coming in from out of town for this too!