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July 30, 2008

I hate Fab Five Friday

Secret: I am sick and tired of coming up with Fab Five Friday ideas week after week and making list after list of best this and worst that.

I want to end it. My glass is empty.

All in favor?

I mean, I'm not opposed to doing Best this and Best that from time to time, but not every gosh darn week.

So, unless I receive a flood of comments begging me to keep FFF alive, I'll stop making it a weekly thing.

Or, if you wanna give me good ideas each week, I'm down for that too.

But I'm burnt out! I've done something like 60 lists. And when it comes to bars/nightlife, there's not that much to list.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:56 PM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Fab Five Fridays


I say F*&@ FFF!!!! Bring back Homer!!!

I think a weekly thing that would be interesting is to profile a different bartender every Friday. Just a list of questions like "What's the most annoying way a customer tries to get your attention". And your sure to have no problem getting willing participants as bartenders are generally the masters of self promotion. We could learn sooo much about them we didn't know before.

Must be such a heavy burden to bear! Ha ha! Best to retire Fab Five Fridays before you "nuke the fridge" anyway.

I second this motion.

Sam, you haven't done a Monday Morning Role Call since June 16. Not that I really miss it all too much. I always thought it a better idea to give people a wall to throw weekend ideas at before the weekend, so that those events could get some exposure, and promote MS'ers mingling. Doing it after, just keeps us locked in the virtual prison.

Now you're thinking about abandoning the FFF? I can understand being burnt out, but you just got back from vacation. This feels like the beginning of the end of MS, Sessa. No doubt it can be taxing to come up with a list each week, but why not leave it up to the readers like EL does often. Request some topics on Monday. Decide on the topic and request suggestions on Wednesday. This will fix three problems:

1. Your readers will do the work for you.

2. No one will be accusing you of using other blogs' content. All your content will be unique to MS because MS came up with it.

3. No one can accuse you of letting your readers develop your content for you, because it will be the nature of the list. There are no shortage of opinions in this joint.

Maybe meeting some of your regulars will recharge your batteries. Make your MS soiree happen. And scratch the weekend that some people are suggesting. Remember, you have a mix of barstaff and 9-5'ers who comment on this blog. Barstaff can't do the weekends. 9-5'ers can't stay out late. Late happy hour on an off night, maybe a Wednesday or Thursday. Make it happen.

My vote is to keep the FFF.

Whether or not it's a worthy FFF topic I don't know, but I'm looking for bars that have late night menus (until midnight) besides just on Friday & Saturday...I get off late sometimes and want decent food and a beer or two without going to a diner.

I also like Trouble's suggestion of looking ahead to weekend events (maybe on Thursdays) instead of looking back on Mondays

I certainly understand the "burnout" on fff, but trouble's idea does have some merit for up front "watchagonnadothisweekend?" seems like a good idea.

I'm sure there's ways of keeping it fresh. I really look forward to FFF...don't get rid of it!

Keep the FFF!!!! It's all I have to look forward to!

I like the Monday morn roll call better!
I like to know how the other half lives. (non bartenders)

Definitely like "watchagonnadothisweekend" Good idea trouble!

could always do both..."watchagonnadothisweekend", and "whadjadothisweekend" on monday. to see who actually achieved their goals, so to speak.

Trouble, you win! I haven't come up with the prize yet, but I will. And as for Whatchagonnadothisweekend, I'll post it first thing tomorrow morning.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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