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Personal: Lula's Cafe Losing Its Place in South Bend 
23rd-Nov-2010 02:19 am
Golden Birthday
Damn. I just read in Doug McE's journal that Lula's is losing its location back in South Bend, apparently only because the landlord's being an ass. So that's a sucky way to end a rather sucky day. (Just spent the entire day giving exams, which was strangely exhausting: I don't think I ever realized just how much energy I generate for myself during a day's teaching. Just being there all day, but not really doing anything, gave me nothing back.) Like I just wrote to Doug, I never would have called myself one of the true Lula's regulars, but the memories add up over the years:
Notre Dame years, Saint Joe years, dates, gigs, meetings with students, just getting away by myself to read....
Whether the Kirner's acoustic gig in '97 (pictured) with lots of friends gathering for a night of music-making and music-listening, or a long winter's Saturday I can remember sitting folded into one of the chairs in front of the window, reading all day as the sky shown with that grey-white glow of constant light snowfall, where the clouds, the falling snow, and the snow gathering on the ground made for one indiscriminate mass of light – I've got some vivid memories of my time in Notre Dame/South Bend from there.

Obviously life does nothing more than simply change, but like most people, I can hate seeing the evidence of this. And sometimes that evidence gets no more vivid than when you lose some piece of the "staging" of your past. I fear that it's going to be hard going to try to find another location that so easily plugs into the life of the self-contained Notre Dame campus, and location can be everything for the life of a business like that....
24th-Nov-2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Yay for more pictures of Lula's!

Also, is that Dan O'Brien on bass?
24th-Nov-2010 04:20 am (UTC)
The inimitable Daniel George O'Brien himself.

28th-Nov-2010 03:41 am (UTC)
that is such a bummer. i loved lula's.
29th-Nov-2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Seriously! I can't remember for sure, but I think you and I might even have had a talk at Lula's together, back in your student days....
29th-Nov-2010 12:52 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure we met there before Philosophy Club once!
30th-Nov-2010 06:53 am (UTC)
Hm. You know, that sounds entirely plausible to me, but now that you've made it more specific like that, I've had the opposite of the expected reaction: now I feel like I'm not even picturing the hint of the memory that I thought I was getting before! Weird. Remember any of what we might have talked about? Help the old guy with his memory? :-)
30th-Nov-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Probably talking about my parents being crazy or something. :)
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