When I was in Antigua, Guatemala, I learned a particular type of torture: Everything closed early. Every day, things slowed down at 5:00pm, and businesses began to gradually shut down. By 6:00pm, many businesses were closed, and by 8:00pm even the latest stragglers were gone, excepting a few restaurants. Basically, after sunset you were just out of luck if you needed anything other than fast food. After 10:00pm? Forget it, unless you were willing to walk over to Kafka (an amazing little restaurant/bar that you must visit if you ever go to Antigua). I once asked some one why everyone shut down so early, and they told me it's because it was dangerous after dark. Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, now, isn't it? When I returned to the US, my greatest pleasure other than a having broadband and hot showers was the ability to function in society after dark. Things still closed by 10:00 or 11:00pm at latest, but they were open long enough that I could get there without having to worry about closing time. And now I moved back to my hometown. It's not a huge place, at around 45,000 people, but it's big enough to have two colleges, a mall, a Best Buy, etc... all the signs of civilization. And yet NOTHING IS OPEN when I go to town. Fast food and Wal-Mart aside, it seems like 8:00PM is the latest I can expect anything to be open in this town. Now, admittedly, I am a night owl. Dusk, for me, is like noontime. I understand that my personal preferences are out of sync with much of the population. They're free to run their shop hours as they like, and I'm free to simply not visit. But what's reasonable? Come people! RISE UP AND TAKE BACK YOUR NIGHT.