Getting Down

The 8th Day opening was scheduled to shut down at four in the morning, and at 4:20 the pulsing techno slowed, slowed, then stopped, and several hundred people simply moved out of the building in an orderly file--hugging one another, making sure everyone had a ride, and sharing water. There was neither herding nor testy exchanges between patron and security guard, none of the bullshit that goes on at closing time in Valley bars. It was simply time to go home. For me, this peaceful end to the evening sounded a warm, welcome note of hope. I can still hear the shot, but the memory of all those people interacting like newfound friends resonates the stronger in my mind.--David Holthouse

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