Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Being Young Doesn't Mean You're Useless...

From as far back as I can remember I have always been taught that being young should be an advantage not a disadvantage.  So many people these days have lost faith in my generation and coming from that generation, I have almost lost faith myself.  I would not consider myself that different from the rest.  I have always had a passion to change the things I see wrong.  I have a voice, a loud one at that, and I intend to use it.  Merced is a place where I have always been, I've gone away and ended up back right where I started.  So what is it that keeps bringing me back? Maybe the way Starbucks knows my name when I walk in the door, maybe how whenever I go to Target I see someone I know, or maybe its the way that every time I walk in to Raley's I feel like I am their only customer.  This town is important to me because it is the place I call home.  My generation needs to understand that Rome was not built in a day, just like Merced will not be a thriving college town overnight.  If this town is ever going to get picked up off the ground it is going to take a team effort.  I am 21 years old and have a vision unlike any other.  I want to see this place become the next Palo Alto.  Some can sit there and laugh while reading this and think that I am just on a power trip.  I know this is an uphill battle, but if I'm the only one speaking up we will never get anywhere.  Now is the time to appreciate the town we live in, it is time to start making a change instead of taking the easy road and deeming it the 3rd most miserable city in the U.S.  After all, I was always taught, you have no room to complain unless you make a conscious effort to change what you are complaining about.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Just a Dream?

Lets see, for about 2 years now I have had a dream of owning my own bar and grill here in Merced... I have thought of a million different ways to make this happen and sadly none of them seem to be possibilities... I have looked for investors who have the funds to back this project and have found none.   I have been told by many that this is a crazy idea, but to be honest I do not see their reasoning.  Yes, I live in a city that is known for businesses coming and going, but then again, someone needs to step up to the plate and start something great.  My theory is, if I give high school and college students a safe place to go, in a good part of town, it will cut down on their boring nights in Merced.  This town has so much potential and so much land it would be a shame not to use it.  I think that if we do not start giving our young people something to do, they will leave and never come back.  With the UC in place we have the opportunity to bring in money from all over the world.  If parents are sending their kids to college here, and spending their money here, maybe if it is exciting, they will want to stay.  Maybe they will tell their parents what a great place to live and their parents will move and bring with them a new wave of homebuyers.  Sadly, I doubt this will happen, because we all know how hard it is to get a business approved for Merced, then actually survive in this economy... However I have hope, that one day I will be the proud owner of a bar and grill, that is the "favorite" restaurant of choice on a friday night for college students.  Just a dream? Or the makings for a new exciting place to be on the weekends?  I would love feedback on this topic especially!