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December 4, 2005
From journal College Football and Great Food in Boulder, CO
New York, New York
September 7, 2004
From journal A Weekend in Boulder, CO and Vicinity
Liverpool, New York
August 4, 2004
From journal Colorado Front Range
Port Angeles, Washington
February 13, 2002
Around the perimeter of the 2-3 block area that is called Pearl Street Mall are numerous small shops. These shops are trendy, funky, and often expensive. There are clothing shops, and art stores, and bookstores, as well as restaurants and coffee shops. The only one that is overly memorable for me is the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop…. yummy! I also bought a hacky sack last time I was there that I only used once before giving it to some kids in Thailand…. but that’s another journal…..
The big draw is definitely the street entertainers. There are musicians of all different sorts and skill levels. Guitar players singing folk tunes, guitar players singing popular tunes, guitar players… well, you get the point. Seriously, though, I have also seen a couple people playing didjeridoos, and the classic One Man Band. Sometimes there is a mini orchestra set up, or a mariachi band, or something like that. There are local artists selling their wares or doing sketches of people on request. There is one puppeteer that wanders around looking eerily like a leopard – kind of creepy. My personal favorites are the performers that I catagorize as "other." One very charismatic gentleman is a contortionist who puts himself into a tiny box among other things. This doesn’t sound very exciting, but he is quite funny and puts on a good show. Another crazy character is the "Zip Code Guy" (my friend calls him that) – you can give him any zip code and he can tell you the city, and often a fact about that city. When I see a performer that I particularly enjoy, I always put some money in their collection buckets. I don’t know if they have day jobs or not, but I figure that they are out there working for the joy of their art, and entertaining me at the same time, so they deserve some money. Hopefully it will help them continue to continue doing what they love.
One thing to look out for on Pearl Street is a group of teens that beg for money. Unlike the performers, they do not perform a service of any type, but they expect to be given money anyway. I have not personally experienced any bad situations, but there have been newspaper reports of these groups surrounding tourists and intimidating or threatening them for money. No actual violence so far as I have heard. One girl asked me for money for drugs…. I guess she thought the honest approach was the way to go. I do not know this for a fact, but there are rumors that these teens are actually from wealthy families, but are begging because they are bored.
From journal Ethnic Eats in Boulder
October 17, 2000
From journal Why Not Move to Boulder?