@frankieb - yes.
If you dislike the closed bridges/street runs, big street parties, etc., you could complaint to the city. I'd be just as happy setting up in a park or on a wide sidewalk.
Thanks - have a nice day. Have to get back to packing up the shipment.
@altogherpdx - not just a didgerdoo, an *amplified* digeridoo band (two digerdoos). 300 limit meant I had to cut some words.
A@ frankieb - To me, (and the IRS, btw) my street booth is a sole proprietor business, - which I did on the sidewalk on Alberta (with permission & encouragement of the adjacent shop) until amplified "street party" infestation destroyed that venue.
So I found a new location. The city of Portland chose to permit art sales at that place/those hours & keep out cars. For me, street sales isn't about art-snob "legitimacy" or demand attention from disinterested persons. It's about selling a product in a place & time designated by the city, where customers know to find me. (Sort of like if I were selling cotton clothing, I'd set up at a mall.) In previous years, my evening May sales (without amplified digerdoo infestation) were $200-250, helping support my family in this crummy economy. (evening in question, $35, - and 3 people said to me they were leaving because of the digerdoo. I paid $40 to be there & $5 for parking).
I would never have set up a booth if I didn't already have a history of selling what I paint.
One last thing - what you say about "shitty whimsical 'creative' endeavors" could easily be applied to the people who invaded the art event that other people went to the effort to organize, pay to attend, & promoted the event.
Oh, gotta go - got a request for another shipment. Will be far too busy packing up art to send out to continue posting this week.
@bort - you sure do a good imitation of disliking art. Or artists.
I only started selling art because I was approached so many times by people wanting to buy things I'd painted for my own amusement that I thought I'd have a go. My art has been selling nationwide for several years now, to the point where it's my main source of income. I found street sales an enjoyable opportunity to get to meet people who buy my work (which I usually can't do, as most of my art buyers are scattered across the country) - until the "musicians" destroy each street art opportunity, like parasites always destroy their host.
Whatever you feel about art, artists, my work in particular, has zero relevance as to whether it's ok for people (and I use the word loosely) to barge into an event they didn't contribute to, and hijack it to make money for their own selves.
I didn't fingerpaint as a child.
It would be nice if the anti-flouride "activists" understood that adding fluoride to water is Mimicking a Natural Phenomenon. Scientists way back when noticed people in some places had tons of cavities & some had none. By using science to see what the difference between the two groups was, they found it was the amount of fluoride in the water. By mimicking the fluoride levels naturally occurring in some water, via adding a teensy bit of fluoride to water supplies, they found that cavities stopped happening where people had been getting tons of cavities. Also, studies of populations with natural fluorine in water, added fluorine and no fluorine, prove there's no evidence that fluorine in water has ever harmed a human.
This is the grossest thing I heard of since human milk cheese.
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