We headed out to experience our Creativity Scavenger Hunt. We walked through the neighborhood to check out the pop-up carnival in the Big Lots parking lot. Three times a year, the carnival staff turns the empty green space into an RV campground for about 2 weeks. They then transform the mainly hispanic shopping center into a hub of festivities. The shopping center contains businesses such as Alpaca- Peruvian Rotisserie, an excellent tortilla and bakery shop ($1.50 for a pound of fresh tortillas), a Latin Tax office, a Mexican ice cream store, and Super Compare grocery store, which has an amazing produce department!
Super Compare has an amazing assortment of produce with a delicious display.
Geer Street Garden transformed an old gas station into an awesome restaurant. We love that they kept a lot of the old fixtures.
Onto the main event! We got tickets to see the Austin based band, Wild Child. Before going in, we stopped in to Motor Co's bar and eatery: Parts and Labor. Durham has renovated and repurposed so many buildings to revitalize the city. The city is full of creativity! There are so many great places to go! Read on to see how we interviewed the bar tender.
Who: Bartender (White male; appears to be in his 20s)
Where: Parts and Labor; Durham, N.C.
When: March 18, 2018; 8pm
Setting the scene: Three curious women walk into a bar, killing time before a concert and hoping to miss the line at the door. The women sit at the far corner of the bar, sandwiched between two females and a man at the bar solo. The women begin perusing the menu, planning their next steps and watching the bartender and his interactions with other customers.
Interviewer: “So, what’s your favorite drink to pour?”
Bartender: “Uh, probably a glass of wine or beer.”
Interviewer: “Oh” (taken aback slightly by the answer)
Bartender: “I mean, it’s just like after awhile, you get kind of tired of it. You know?”
Interviewer: “Yes, I can see how that could happen”
Bartender: “It’s like I used to really enjoy it, but it’s hard to enjoy the process sometimes here because of the sheer volume we serve. We have to serve so fast that sometimes it’s nice to not have to mix, but just pour.”
Interviewer: “I can totally understand that. So, if you had all the time in the world, what drinks do you like making?”
Bartender: “I like making lots of things, Old Fashioneds…”
Interviewer: “Why do you like those?”
Bartender: “I’m not really a Bourbon guy, but something about it mixed with the bitters is a great combination”
Interviewer: “Plus, with the orange zest, you really feel pretty cool once you make one, huh?”
Bartender laughs off the comment, and is gaining curiosity over the interview
Interviewer: “So, we’re in graduate school and we’re teachers in a class studying creativity. The processes involved with creativity, barriers to creativity, and what makes someone more likely to delve into creative endeavors.”
Bartender: “Oh, that’s pretty cool.”
Interviewer: “So, we just were figuring that you may have become a bartender because of the creation and creativity that the job requires”
Bartender: “Well, actually I do consider myself pretty creative, just not here. I’m a musician”
Interviewer: “Oh, so you’re in a band?”
Bartender: “Yes, I’m actually in a few”
Interviewer: “So, would you say that this job is what funds your creative endeavors?”
Bartender: (laughing) “Yes, I guess you could say that; I do this to pay the bills so I can be creative other places. Both of my parents were musicians, so I guess it’s in my blood.” (Another patron walks up to the bar) “This guy is a musician too; he plays a mean set of air drums. I mean, he plays real drums well, too.”
Big C site- What we loved and thought was really creative about the band, Wild Child, was the variety of instruments that they used. They had a keyboard player, three guitarists, a singer who also played the violin, and a cellist. As you can hear in the video, all the instruments were not segmented in sound, they all blended together to make the music, and it was so beautiful.
Evidence of creativity is anywhere and everywhere if you know where to look!