Two years since that massive shake came and messed up our lives… A good time to look back on what we have been through and what we have achieved…
Goodbye Blue Monday is dead and gone and the myth of the place grows with each passing day.
Looking back, everything was so normal before the ground started moving. But do you know what? I’m glad I was here for the quakes. I have worried that my life was going to pass by without a defining moment and while I was in America for September 11, I felt like an outsider on the inside, rather than a person partaking in the event. With everything that has gone on, I now feel like I have participated in something that was pretty special and unusual in our history. I also feel that with what we have done, we have really shown our commitment to this town and to being a part of the creative rebuild that will one day be judged alongside the institutional one.
I now feel like this town is more exciting than it has ever been. It’s here for the creative taking, so long as you have the fortitude to fight the stupid authorities and leave your mark on this decimated town. It is now up to the good people to stay or come to town and create something completely unique in this country.
I do miss the old days. I miss the bands and the parties we had at GBM. I miss Poplar Lanes and the characters that populated the neighborhood. But do you know what I selfishly miss most of all? I miss working alongside Tim and the relationship that we forged (full of fights and drinking and long-winded arguments about bands). I know that getting the fuck out of town was the best thing for him as this place was dragging him down, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still miss him.
Also, while looking back, I see that we have created something pretty special for this town. A couple of years ago if IÂ had told you I was going to start an open-air bar in a bus, you would have called me mad. But the changes that have happened around here mean that we can now get away with things that we would never have been able to before.
While reminiscing, I think it’s also important to think about the future. I look forward to this summer, to this bar really coming into its own. I look forward to continuing to work with my family and friends. I look forward to creating something that helps my wee town get back on its feet and find some normality in this world full of madness.
Thanks for the love and we will see you at the bar…
XX – Smash Palace