Elsewhere in Lawrence, the new Eastside grocery store known as the "Eastside People's Market" is preparing to open its doors. The place is collectively owned and, according to those owners, not interested in making a profit but simply determined to provide local residents with delicious vegetarian and vegan products and save them a long hike or bike ride to Ghetto Dylan's.
Kip says: "This is an affront to capitalism! And I certainly won't be shopping there... although I might hang out nearby and make fun of the hippies while eating a slab of beef."
Of late, Richard has taken to hanging out at Charlie's Eastside with a rotating group of farmers, theologians, and artists. "I want to understand their freewheeling ways," Richard explains, "and contrast it with my own experience in the rather constrictive world of academia, where people talk a good game about art but never, as Kip might say, actually DO art. I have a feeling there's much for me to learn."
So far he's learned that, on the East Side, people will let you use their internet connection if you provide them with fresh lettuce out of your communal garden.