Posted by paulrivas on:
There were 40,000 people in IV this weekend, yet only 200 citations, 41 of which did not even lead to arrest. The wet weather certainly had something to do with the mellower nature of the weekend, but 200 seems like an awfully low number of law breakers given a crowd of 40,000 crammed in a space that is woefully overcrowded at 10,000. Jam-packed, frustrating weather, all that booze and nowhere to run around drunk?
I was initially surprised that the high number of arrests I'd predicted hadn't materialized. Upon further reflection, however, Rivas Cultural Services believes this is just another example of what the Santa Barbara Man About Goleta observed at the Radiohead show: that Americans spend their lives trying not to get sued. At Radiohead, no one danced, and no one violated anyone else's 3.5 inches of buffer air. People had paid hundreds for those tickets, and they weren't about to waste them by getting dragged out by security for spilling beer on someone's $400 shoes. The pit at the Radiohead show had the feel of several hundred fans of staying out of court having a great time, and my guess is that Isla Vista this Halloween had the feel of tens of thousands wondering where the wild things were.
Rivas Cultural Services remembers the Mad Max state of things in Isla Vista during the Halloweens of the 1980s, and is astonished that so many people still bother to drive here for a party that has fizzled from riot to junior high school dance. Maybe its harmlessness these days is exactly what makes it so appealing to a generation that was born soft. Driving away from the mass gathering Friday afternoon, I saw more than one group of young people lurking around the Super 8, looking for some clue that something interesting would happen to them that night. Who comes to IV to party and stays at the downtown Goleta Jiffy Lube?! Soft kids who drive BMWs leased by their parents and are afraid of being sued by other rich kids if they should happen to accidentally pass out and pee on someone else's couch, that's who! Next year, let's hope they save the earth the gasoline, stay in Orange County and watch Saw VIII.