I rather enjoyed the "tone" of Steve's latest piece.
Normally after having practiced for a few hours, my brain needs some air. This is when I either go into the forest to connect with nature or into Berne's city center for a walk while getting a few things done.
Inevitabley, if I choose the latter variant, there are people stationed on every prominent street corner and square in the town. They either want to sell you something or convince you to support some worthy cause or join some cult. They approach you energetically and will talk for hours if you let them. If you refuse their offer, you are met with either a) the hurt puppy-dog look or b) the look which says you are a pleb who is not doing her part for society, and that the world will end because of people like you.
When I walk down the street or go shopping I do not want to be harassed or bothered. This is private time. If I am interested in supporting a worthy cause or subscribing to a new service, I will not be molested and pressured into doing so in town. I will sit down at home, and review different possibilities before making a decision.
I do appreciate the need for increasing awareness to various causes. However, this can be done without the annoying and energetic botherings on the street. It is fair enough to set up a stand, let interested people stop by for information. The other people - me! - should be left in peace!
Last edited by Michelle; 11-15-2006 at 08:32 AM.