Hagan Blount

PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // September 22, 2017

Hagan Blount
PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // September 22, 2017

It’s a big weekend back here where we live in Los Alamos (Food & Wine’s recently named Best Little Wine Town in California): the world-renowned Old Days celebration! We’ll be grilling Santa Maria-style BBQ, and waving from a float in the best little small town parade in America. Here’s what we’ll be talking about between swings around the dance floor:

Climate Change Denial Should Be A Crime

They did it with the Nazi salute and holocaust denial over in Germany and no one really seems to be mad about that. You can’t shout “fire” in a crowded theatre… have we been so brainwashed by big oil that someone can stand behind the few jobs propping up this antiquated tech and shout “Drill, baby; drill!” Are the profits more important that breathing, eating, and drinking?

If you don’t toot your own horn, who’s going to toot it for you?

OK, shameless plug. We don’t get a lot of write ups, and I don’t think we’ve gotten a write up more thorough or well-done than this one. This woman is a pro. Check out her photo galleries, too - she takes some really great shots. Let’s also take this time to remember that the above statement is true. If you’re not telling everyone what you do and how it’s different than the competitors’ stuff, there aren’t many people that are going to take that torch and do it for you.

Bill Burr on the Tim Ferriss Podcast

Bill Burr is one of our favorite comedians. He makes a few great points in this special, our favorite being where he gets a tip from Dave Chappelle. Dave said, “It’ll take a lot longer for you to make it than the other guys, but when you get there, you’re going to stay at the top a lot longer than those other guys.” (We like to think that about our PlaceInvaders.) He also talks about his bout with depression and his willingness to turn his money into performing assets. Smart guy. If you haven’t seen any of his bits, check him out on YouTube

Everyone Is Trying to Outdo Each Other With Cute Wi-Fi Names

We had higher hopes for the volume of cute wi-fi names in this column. Come on, if the paper of record is going to cover the topic, maybe dig up a few more gems. We spend a lot of time asking for other people’s wi-fi networks and passwords. Come to think of it, most folks could get more creative. Katie's favorite is "Pretty Fly For A WiFi," Hagan's is “Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo WiFi.” What’s yours?

What Makes Things Cool?

When launching in NYC, we found that a lot of people like to be the first in, then they tell their friends about it and people go and check it out. In LA, we found almost the opposite, as if people wanted to have our cred verified before they checked us out. But then, the novelty wears off. Even when you’re doing a new menu and new space every time, the concept is the same, there needs to be a refresh. Evergreen content isn’t really a thing when you’re a pop-up restaurant. What makes things cool in your industry? We want to hear your stories - send us an email.

-Katie & Hagan