Island Living: The Night-Life. Because she asked.

So, an old co-worker of mine from Houston is getting married here on the island and asked me where some good night spot’s for a wedding party would be. I sent her this. Also, when someone asks me anything….this is the type of book-long answer they typically get. Be warned, I come armed with information. Ask my opinion of something? Even worse. And so, I thought I’d share this information. One area of island life, spoken in the words of me to a friend. Without real opinion though, some of that can get ridiculous for a way too long of a read.

“Let me give you a list rundown with some info and you can go on from there depending on what you want. However the most fun is to park…and walk and visit a lot of fun location’s and also you really get more of the Galveston scene this way! The Strand and Down Town are all easy to hit…but all explanations below, including some flow idea.

1. Molly’s/OCB- two bars that open to each other, always end up with a bit of a different atmosphere on one side from the other. Which works since there is good flow. It is Irish Pub, offers two juke boxes, a pool table and a dart board for some fun. Full bar. Good selection and in a good fun spot because it’s on a corner of several options for some hopping so really the best fun for wedding parties(?) Just walk from one to the next. This really keeps things alive. Also this particular one, though it may not seem big, holds a lot of people. I’ve also seen as far as a group event example an unexpected family graduation party of about 25-35 come in and mingle with the already big crowd of regulars. The more the merrier. 2013 Postoffice St. (Across from the Grand) Street parking, free all over down town after 6. There is a paid parking lot a block up toward residential. Be sure to tell your party free parking at 6 because everybody gets confused (I heard it’s just free all the time now again but not sure about the latest since nobody in city council can make up their minds on smoking or parking so this is giving you some for sure info).

2. Two connected as one bars down….right across the street is another Irish Pub, O’Malley’s with a slightly different atmosphere. Also offering juke box, pool table and dart board as well as full bar, it’s smaller for more of that cozy feeling and a favorite of local’s, also serves sandwiches that are AMAZING for late night food. And cheap. Take advantage of fun with photo op’s against the big three stooges pictures on the back wall. (the fun par is too making picture’s a part of your walk-about, as you pass Alley’s and neat spots one can have a lot of fun and make a lot of memories.

3. On the corner from both of those location’s is Club 21…there you get a little swanky but seriously…I’ve had fun on the dance floor in some straight from cleaning a garage wear. We do everything casual island life here but we all are about making our fun happen. But they offer some amazing wine, cocktail selections, a little outdoor space to take a fresh air break and on weekends a fun band and dancing…also a lot of photo op in here with their Hollywood swanky cocktail lounge decor and feel. But really…who’s not up for a little hokey dancing? (Def not the young club scene but songs everybody has heard sort of thing, great too if you have a mixed age crowd) and the fun part? You can move on after just a song or two. I suggest the Chocolate martini here or the Meiomi Pino Nior.

Now we’ve played some pool, had a friendly dart competition, played the worst songs on the juke box you can find. Had some good drinks, took photo’s with the wedding crashing three stooges and danced in a Hollywood swanky place while sipping a delicious martini…it’s on to the next place.

Though you will likely pass by the bars along the way…there are as many as churches here (for anybody staying for penance on Sunday morning), and all are great for a quick stop in but might be a little too the same you just experienced (unless you want pizza at 2:AM, in which case stop at Murphy’s on the way back, located on 22nd Street and between the Down Town/Postoffice area and The Strand, where you are headed next.)

4. Head from Club 21 up 21st Street to the Strand. (Walk out of the door at 21 and turn left) You will pass Market St, then Mechanic St. and then meet the Strand and across the street catty corner slightly to your left will be Stuttgarden. Sometime’s a band…full bar, foods until late as well as an indoor and outdoor area. But the best of large nice and fun outdoor area’s (aside from one other we will be getting to) Again good fun atmosphere and a good spot to stop for a moment…big huge tables outside for your group and even some games and again with the photo’s. For the next set of locations, walk to the street entrance again and go down Strand turning right (facing away from Stuttgarden.)

7. Meet….The Strand. The truest of our Entertainment District. All the way to the opposite end (you left 21st and are now arriving first at Yaga’s if you want to stop in for some more clubbish atmosphere, No cover and fun for a quick dance though typiclly more crazy, crowded and tough to get a drink at the crowded bar.

8. Then on to the clump of venue’s at 24th street and Strand. The real Entertainment District continued. Ok, now you’ve walked enough blocks in high heels you might just hate me and be cursing me for all of it but…we islanders do just that all the time. If need be you can try and find closer parking but with a large party that can be hassle, or impossible altogether around the Strand. Or choose the description out of these all listed that works best for what you are looking for and just go straight to one place, or even just one area. But all in a clump here are enough places to really make up for it! In no particular order, (starting with address of Brew’s Brothers for address reference, 2404 Strand ST. 77550) Brew’s Brother’s. Known as the hispterest of hipster craft beer spot’s (beer/wine only), another late night food spot too…but get a ‘beeramisu’ to split! So good! Next door is Crow’s Catina….known for all the people watching and who care’s dancing usually with some fun but not great and always old covers band. If including in other location’s this one ends up being a good stopping point. Across the street is a country western spot (I think it’s still there) and then next door to that is a popular local spot (I haven’t been there though, even though it’s over a year old) called Patrick’s. Have no idea about them except people like it.

9. Now, if you want to go back to that Irish pub feel, with a LOT bigger space, also two atmosphere’s connected as one through a doorway, pool tables and juke boxes then you’ve got Murphy’s along the way back Down Town toward where you started (but going in a circle/square kind of way to give you options on the way).

10. Continuing back to your starting point (of 21st. and Postoffice) is also a place called The Proletariat. Totally depends on what’s going on that night and the time of event as well for what you will get there. I think it’s just and beer/wine bar.

Now, two other places in all of this area to consider. For earlier in the nigh…Friday ad Saturday offers free jazz in the lobby bar of the Treemont Hotel (look them up for time’s) which is located at 2300 Mechanic St. 77550. Upstairs from the Jazz in good weather is the Rooftop Bar…fun and swanky for the island but feel free to go casual…full bar and an amazing outdoor roof top view of all of Down Town Galveston, comfy chairs and all. I have seen big groups come up there but there may be a mix of sitting/standing room, though this will be wherever you go. Both place’s in the Treemont are for an earlier night, look them up and even call for times but I want to say music isn’t past 10 and the rooftop isn’t open past midnight. Though don’t quote me on that. If you DO start pre-dark hours…hit the rooftop for the most amazing sunset views. Really this might be your starting point for an earlier start and a sunset view over the island. Seriously…it’s way worth it. And again for the picture’s.

Another spot, located at 413 20th St, which is back where I started you in the 21s/Postoffice area, is Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe. Now sometimes there is a show. Sometimes there is only open-mic but Fri/Sat there is always something…timing typically isn’t true bar time and is about 9 to eleven or midnight. Also, sometimes there is a cover charge and sometimes there isn’t, depending on whatever. AND it’s ALL cash only (ATM’s are all around look up prior, there is a BOA, a JSC and a MOODY’s). And you can also look them up before hand to see who is playing…sometime’s they have the BEST and sometimes lord help us. Also sometime’s cover charge is free, sometime’s $6 bucks and sometimes like $30. So it’s a toss up. One other thing is it’s only beer/wine and not a large selection. This is a real cool place as a couple and an island gem but sometimes hard to please a whole crowd with.

And a fun place too (I wonder if they still have the photobooth, if they do AWESOME. and if you need a photobooth at your wedding, I know the hookup) is was 3rd Coast/now Krave (I think they changed their name) Gay Bar, often have Drag Show’s that are amazing, karaoke sometimes (call or look them up for details, I just saw they say they are closed but I see them open all the time), full bar at the corner of Postoffice and 25th Street, 2416 Posoffice (we are a grid so keep that in mind. A-Z, our leter streets also hold a second name such as Market St is D. and 1-3.)

Ok, also I didn’t send you to the Seawall but most can handle your crowd. There are several…one stop shop rather than ability to really walk from one to the next. But parking is a lot easier at all of them. The atmosphere at all of them are going to be beach/surfer. Feel free to check them out online for addresses. Hemingway’s, The Spot (a clump of a lot in one place, like all one building basically, all have different names but just look up The Spot it’s weird but fun), The Float and right behind it Beerfoot.

There would also be Buck’s back in the Down Town area for a country-western dancing place with a big dance floor for it.

Hope this help’s and feel free to ask further question’s but here are some name’s of the location’s you can also look up further and an idea of how an islander would do it. We like to bar-tour. (To be honest we do a lot of bike events and that is an option if you wanted to make a bike-bar night of it, however please use caution in night-riding and use proper bike riding etiquette of course and always always always watch out for the trolley tracks!

Now, if you also need day time island fun idea’s for the group….expect another, even longer, book of a response=)”

 

Island Living. Beauty in the Ruin’s.

Island Living. Beauty in The Ruins.

 

 

 

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A lot of what I love to do on the island is simpy walk. One of the places that I seek inspiration is in the ruin’s in life. And though the island has done a beautiful job at repairing, rebuilding and breathing new life into old, there are still the ruin’s to be found. Rather than find this the ugly of the island, I find the beauty within the ugly. And the inspiration within the ruin’s. That. Is isand living.

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Writer’s life=Ramen?

A friend on Facebook thought about me and linked me to this Article . Please read the article before reading the rest of his post.

My response was so long that I chose to share it here. And yes,¬†This is very true. I am glad that I didn’t go straight into being a full-time writer in my life because of the knowledge and experience I gathered in the process. I’ve been writing and publishing since I was 12 (About twenty pieces before I was 18), and through out my 20’s I wrote for The Los Angeles Time’s, Police & Politics in Los Angeles, fitness, short stories, economics, eco-living, equestrian, and for a documentary production co., among other But it was purely a hobby. I never thought of doing it as a career. Never even thought of it in terms of even wanting it. I loved writing but it just didn’t cross my mind as a career. It wasn’t until my second divorce that I was having a “what am I going to do with my 30’s” convo with a mentor who was a professor and who responded with “you are doing it…keep doing it.”

I had had two full-time career’s, was at the time working on another and in the midst was in a lot of other things, all of which I enjoyed very much. During all of this time I knew that the career’s I was in were short term (model & athlete) and that I needed work experience so I sought “real job’s” (as my nineteen year old self thought of them). Now at thirty-four I have learned so much from so many people and companies….The How To and also How Not To. I now have experience in perseverance, determination, hard work, sweat, blood and tears and keep on going grit (hell, even broken bone’s to get what you want), I have learned not to take “You can’t” as an answer. I’ve learned how to not only handle rejection but also how to respond to it, give 3 minute interviews that make you stand out among 100 other’s that are ‘better’ than you (modeling). I’ve learned in work experience plain old ‘working with people’ which often writer’s don’t realize they could benefit from. I’ve learned how to blend in or stand out and when to do either. I’ve learned when to go for more and when to back down and accept my worth, either way. (Standing up for work right’s, salaries and more as well as learning the line that crosses into spoiled brat-really, I had a few amazing bosses that would explain my weaknesses in a great way for growth, not for breaking me down, and how to work on them and build strength). I learned to ask question’s and to listen. Utilize feedback and criticism. I learned about a lot of people starting in one field and moving to another (I once worked for a group that had together begun the worlds largest internet porn company together, sold it and then begun the company I worked for at the time, the largest U.S. phone-card company, which they then sold and have moved on) I had asked them why porn and then why phone cards. The explanation was about “money and company, their passion was creating a successful top company, but not focused on the product itself such as for me now what type of writing I’d want to do) It was about entrepeneurship…a word I was then introduced to. I also learned both German and Asian and American economics. An eye opening experience at that age to care about, know and understand. I learned a lot when I dipped my toe’s in real estate when California was doing it’s best. I learned what kind of person I wanted…and didn’t want t be, in that time. RE could be wrong, dirty and cut-throat and, like the movie recently out The Big Short, I saw a lot of the wrong happening…and I learned to only do it right. I learned ethics. An important lesson to carry on with me. I also began learning salesmanship, buying and selling, investing and market’s and economic’s of another kind. During this time in a few fields, I learned teaching. How to learn…and how to teach, are both lesson’s for the writer. I seek further learning everyday, not just directly for writing but all seems to influence. I also moved onto learning management, hiring (this is good now as when I need MORE of anything…the story, the details, the vocabulary,of myself even) and when to fire (again good, I have learned to evaluate myself, and reevaluate but also how to improve, call myself out, teach myself, grow or when something is a loss and it’s time to let it go…even when to lose a character in a story this one helps with.) I learned to manage a team and this helps me on creative projects collaborated with others, but also I learned when I am not the best for something and need to collaborate and not do it all myself. I can go on about what is learned. And there is still a LOT more to learn, always. Even that you can do more than one thing. And me, I am not just a writer but also a creator, directer, producer, manager and more so a lot of my work needs working with other’s, managing a situation and knowing when to back off. Even down to time management is something I have learned. File keeping (lord that’s a big one when you do a lot of research work on multiple projects.) My weakness would be #5. and I am working on that one.

J (most un-artistic person ever) say’s “You aren’t a flighty artist, you are a business woman.”

#1, setting goal’s, I am about the most expert business plan writer there is and I LOVE it. I am a natural To Do lister, goal setter and also achiever…not just the un-crossed off lists forever made. I get it done. I know how to know the pay off and remember it when I veer off path. I reevaluate constantly as well. Right now I have a 1,3 and 5 year plan. I then spend some time once a month preparing for the next month, breaking it down further. Each evening is ended making my to do list for the next day and evaluating that day’s accomplishments…and lack there of. Knowing when to change the plan is a big lesson.

#2. I spent a long time in this researching and at time’s I am flexible (I worked for share’s for Board Game Island work and was paid off in a year at the sell of it and did better than I would have thought, sooner than I would have thought. I have done many write-up’s and reviews for restaurant’s and lord let me tell you, this Lady works for food. I even worked for socks, once.)

#3. I do wish that I had done more of this in the past five years. But lessons learned and in the past year it’s on.

#4. Learning to hold yourself accountable is a big thing. I sometime’s need motivation on finishing a project….I’ve been known to cut out food pics from magazine’s and put them on the fridge with a big Do You Want To Eat This Month signs. I also know that the work I do means results, even a “dream board” helps. If I Do I Get idea. My landlord likes rent paid. I don’t like ramen noodles living and love good foods so what work I put in get’s that in results…if I work little it’s ramen, if I work a lot (and smart) it’s filet mignon. I only have myself to be disappointed in and I am my harshest critic. I will sit and evaluate ” Ok Peg, where did you go wrong, what could you have done more of and better on and what will be done to improve moving forward?” I also keep organized using multiple lists in multiple fashions and an alarm system on my iphone, laptop and more. Now, I am newer, only a year back from losing everything in my life and still building up everything from scratch so I do know my ramen days but I know which is which too. Lack of effort and laziness are not things I accept of myself. I have to DO to see results.

#5. I am moving myself out there to talk about my work more and more and learning to speak it outloud. Explaining my work and projecs is so hard! Which is why moving for grants has been a learning experience….I have to talk about it. Explain it and I get feedback on it. I’ve received more feedback by putting myself out there in the past year than in the past five.

#6. Pfft. I’ve got this one. In modeling you learned well to deal with it. You also learned that it wasn’t the fact you weren’t good enough or that someone was better but you learned to receive feedback and tailor to what one wants (big for when submitting to a publication….know what the client wants). I learned this is selling houses, modeling, life failure’s in a small town and more. Grace is the key word and striving to be a better YOU but not different you. BIG! Hell….in small town after a year ago it’s rejection everyday! You smile…you keep your head up and you walk the sexiest walk you know! But do NOT be a bitch. It’s not worth it. It just makes you ugly and burns bridges. In publications and submitting it’s grace. That they have a ton of other submissions that aren’t better, they just work for them better. That when an editor tells me it’s not for them perhaps I didn’t read enough of who I was submitting to and I go back and learn what IS for them….or submit my piece to who it IS better suited for (both really). Also NEVER respond freshly mad, upset, rejected….take a walk. Hell half the time you will see me taking a random walk around town because I read….stood up and immediately walked away from my computer. Now if I could only do so well in dating-relationships. In this I would like to ad listening to feedback and critisms. A good example is recently a friend who is a fellow writer as well as editor and director who’s experience, blood, sweat, and tears has him knowing a thing or two, and whom I respect dearly, he sent a message about my writing that at first I thought was a bad comment…I simply asked “clarify?” and he explained it further and turned out to be SUCH a good thing. I beamed for days. But I also learned something in that too, a weakness to work on in my writing. And one needs that pointed out at time’s.

#7. I will submit a piece to ten places, receive ten comments but rejections…then make some tweaks, learning, listening, and re-submit….don’t just file those away and forget about submitting again to those publications because you miss out on a lot. Also people who seem truly interested is good to keep updated. I had one real estate agent who asked me my prices to write some real estate articles. But then didn’t want to invest into them. Not that he couldn’t. So I didn’t get that job. So I wrote and submitted to something else with the idea fresh….then when they got published I reached out and sent a “Hi, hope all is well, been a moment since I spoke to you but last we did was about___so I followed through with submitting some I wrote with the idea of it fresh and thought I would share them with you. Thanks for the motivation!” type of message….I then received my rent for the next two months from him taking me on having some done for him. Follow up and follow through.

I’d ad a few more things.

1. All eggs in one basket means they all break when it drops. And you go hungry. This can mean have a second job…part time…one that somehow feeds you which can also feed you mind, body, and soul, be part time and give rather than take away from your writing. Working in the arts, working and interacting with people, animals, nature, books. Write outside your box. Also helps with writing for different publications which can mean food on the table.

2. Keep seeking wisdom. Classes, volunteer with kids at the library. Interacting with other writers (seminars and workshops, etc.)

3. When utilizing social media such as instagram…learn about branding. Take marketing and branding seminars and classes. Read. A lot. Connect to Entreprenuer Magazine, themuse.com and more and utilize those things for your business of writing. Utilize LinkedIn.

4. Learn some on business management. Always treat what buys your food and pays your rent as a business. Live in your passion but treat it like your support. We don’t always want to get up on a Monday morning but your boss will fire you if you don’t. Be your boss.

5. Don’t get stuck living, playing, breathing and working only inside the Writer’s Bubble. Step into life experience. Such as, don’t only read and follow writing sites on social media. If you write about yoga…follow yoga. If you write technology, follow technology. But also don’t forget to feed the soul to be able to feed the writing. Interact with friends, seek out arts and culture. Step outside your box in life TO write.