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Concert security: What to expect at major Bay Area venues

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Clear bag policy? How about metal detectors? Here's what to expect when you go to a show in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and other Bay Area cities.
'Keeping fans safe is a top priority at local venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thus many have implementing extensive security procedures to closely monitor what is being brought inside. Here is a look at what to expect when your’e visiting some of the top venues. Fans who comply with these measures, in advance of showing up at the venue, will greatly assist the goal of getting people inside as quickly — but, more importantly, as safely — as possible. (Note: This story will soon be updated with more venues.) 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Read more about SAP Center’s clear bag policy here . Items allowed into the venue include bags meeting policy; perfume and hand sanitizer are permitted liquid items (only if in a small plastic container, no glass). Items not allowed into the venue include animals (besides certified “Working Dogs” and “Miniature Ponies” that are in service to assist disabled guests); bags not meeting the bag policy including large backpacks, coolers, duffle bags or items larger than a briefcase; cans, glass bottles, thermos-type containers, hard-sided coolers, weapons, ammunition, balloons, laser pens, masks, noisemakers such as air horns, Selfie-Sticks, Go Pros, flowers and gifts for a performing artists. Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View Also: Shoreline Amphitheatre guide “When coming through the gates, please plan on security using metal detectors and/or a physical pat down for our search procedures.  All bags are subject to inspection,” according to the venue website . There is no clear bag policy at Shoreline at this time (besides what is listed below for food). Items allowed into venue include average size bags/backpacks (16″ x 16″ x 8″ max), cameras (non-professional only, no detachable lenses), food (in a clear, 1-gallon Ziplock bag), water (up to 1 gallon in size and factory sealed or empty), reuseable Water Bottle (refillable aluminum & plastic bottles are permitted), empty Camelbacks and non-aersol sunscreen. Items are subject to change based on the show. Items not-allowed into the venue include weapons of any kind, alcohol, illegal drugs/substances, glass containers, cans, audio recording equipment, hard-sided/large coolers, large or oversized bags/backpacks such as luggage, duffel bags, or industrial/camping-sized backpacks, laser pointers, animals (except service animals), fireworks, camping chairs or bag chairs, signs or banners- nothing over 8.5×11 (standard sheet of paper), umbrellas, iPads, Laptops, GoPros, selfie sticks, lawn chairs, strollers. Levi’s Stadium People entering the venue should be prepared to go through metal detectors. Also, all persons and items are subject to search. There is a clear bag policy in effect at Levi’s. “Levi’s Stadium prohibits all bags, backpacks and other carriers from being brought into the stadium with the following exceptions: approved clear bags no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”. These include the following clear bags: clear backpacks, clear fanny packs, clear bags, clear purses, one gallon clear plastic zip lock type bags, small clutch bag (the size of an adult hand) (4.5” x 6.5”),” according to the venue website . Stadium offers a complimentary bag check for items not meeting the requirements for admittance. Items allowed into the venue include bags that comply with the Bag Policy; binoculars shorter than 6 inches (case prohibited); blankets; cameras with 3-inch lenses or shorter (no lights, tripods, selfie-sticks or monopods); diaper bags accompanying a child; flags smaller than 2’ x 3’ (No Poles); plastic water bottles (factory sealed, no-alcohol, less than 24 ounces); reusable transparent water bottles (no-alcohol, less than 24 ounces); plastic water bottles (sealed); seat cushions; strollers (contact the nearest Playmaker if in need of storing); sunscreen & hand-powered misters; umbrellas (no obstruction of other fans view). Items not allowed into the venue include aerosol cans; alcoholic beverages; backpacks; bags that violate the Bag Policy (see Bag Policy above); cameras with lenses larger than 3-inches (lights, tripods, selfie-sticks and monopods are also prohibited); cans, glass bottles or alcoholic beverages; drugs & drug paraphernalia, marijuana & marijuana products; coolers (including soft-sided coolers); glow sticks, light-up costumes, light-up signs, battery packs; hoods, masks, or the like or objects to cover one’s face (medical & religious articles exempt); klaxons, bullhorns, whistles or any other noisemakers; laptops and laptop bags; laser pointers of any type; offensive clothing; plastic bottles larger than 24 ounces; projectiles (footballs, Frisbees, etc.); selfie sticks; signs, banners or poles; UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles); weapons of any kind (including silverware). Concord Pavilion Also: Concord Pavilion Guide “When coming through the gates, please plan on security using metal detectors and/or a physical pat down for our search procedures. All bags are subject to inspection, according to the venue website . There is no clear bag policy at this time (besides what is listed below for food). Items allowed into the venue include small purses, backpacks; small (6 pack size) soft sided cooler (must fit through a 12.5 inch circle); picnic food in clear 1 gallon size bag; factory sealed plastic bottles 1 liter or less in size (nonalcoholic ONLY); cameras are allowed unless the artist specifically does not allow (no professional, no detachable lenses); low profile beach chairs (legs can be no higher than 9 inches); small umbrellas or parasols; ponchos, rain coats; hats; seat cushions; small blankets . Items not allowed into the venue include no large bags  (must fit through a 12.5 inch circle); no coolers or ice chests with hard sides or wheels; no large picnic baskets; no video or audio recording devices (unless specifically allowed by the artist); no alcoholic beverages; no cans or glass bottles; no professional cameras (including all detachable lenses); no iPads or large tablets or laptops; no selfie sticks; no drugs and drug paraphernalia; no drones, remote control aircraft, remote control toys/cars; no balloons, flags or banners; no radios, TVs; no animals (with the exception of service animals); no laser pointers; no sharp or dangerous items (such as weapons, knives, spikes on jewelry, wallet chains, fireworks, mace, etc); no camping chairs (low lying beach chairs with legs no higher than 9 inches, only). Oracle Arena People entering the venue should be prepared to go through metal detectors. Also, all persons and items are subject to search. There is no clear bag policy at this time. Items allowed into the venue include bags smaller than 14″x14″x6″; tablet computers; empty soft plastic bottles; still cameras with lenses shorter than 3″ and camera cases (camera policy may vary by event); medical supplies; binoculars and binocular cases. Items not allowed into the venue include weapons of any kind; bags larger than 14″x14″x6″; backpacks; bats and clubs; outside food or beverages; hard-side containers; thermoses; aerosol cans; selfie sticks; tripods, drones, frisbees, projectiles (including inflatable balls, footballs, etc); strollers and many other items listed on the venue website . Frost Amphitheater There is a clear bag policy at Frost, allowing clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12″wx12″Hx6″D, one-gallon clear plastic bags (Ziploc bag or similar), small clutch bags no larger than 4.5″x6.5″ with or without handle or strap. Items allowed into the venue include bags that meet policy; stadium seats with no legs, cushions, blankets the size of a beach towel (no larger than 40″x60″); empty, non-metal reusable water bottles (20 oz and under); agged snack; all fruit and vegetables must be pre-sliced — no knives allowed into venue; unopened waters 20 oz or less in a sealed, plastic bottles. Note: “Some shows may require decanting all water into cups upon entry. At some shows the artist may request that no bottles be allowed into the venue,” according to venue website . Items not allowed into the venue include weapons of any kind. alocholic beverages and illegal drugs, pepper pray, Animals (except service animals), balls, frisbees, whole fruit or other potential projectiles, bicycles, skateboards, cameras with detachable lenses, cans glass, chairs with legs, horns and other artificial noisemakers, hula hoops, laser pointers. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium People entering the venue should be prepared to go through metal detectors. Also, all persons and items are subject to search. There is no clear bag policy at this time. Items allowed into the venue include factory sealed water bottles; ersonal food items; empty Camelbak; empty refillable water bottle; personal sized bags, purses and backpacks; personal cameras; totems (no taller than 6ft. and no thicker than 1/2 inch; made of light material such as swim noodles, foam, cardboard tube, fabric, yarn, light plastic, balloons, inflatables), according to venue website . Items not allowed into the venue include objects that can be used as projectiles, such as glow sticks and Poi Balls; Illegal substances; alcohol; posters or signs larger than 8.5″x11″; wallet chains or spikes; professional video or audio recording equipment, including GoPros; weapons of any kind; rofessional still camera with detachable lens; selfie sticks or handles; tablets and iPads; glass bottles, containers or cans; fireworks; balloons; laser pointers; arge banners or posters; kateboards, scooters or personal motorized vehicles; strollers; pets (with the exception of service animals); drones; coolers; umbrellas; stickers'

Why That 13 Reasons Why Scene Took Two Years to Cut

Event theatlantic.com

Inside the decision that took so long to make
'If you are having thoughts of suicide, please know that you are not alone. If you are in danger of acting on suicidal thoughts, call 911. For support and resources, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text 741-741 for the Crisis Text Line. When the first season of the Netflix teen drama 13 Reasons Why was released in March 2017, the instantaneous clamor of viewers reacting to it online was followed by responses from mental-health experts expressing concerns about the show’s portrayal of suicide. The series, based on a young-adult book of the same name by Jay Asher, is framed around one teenager’s decision to end her own life, and the various people she sees as having contributed to her crisis. In the book, the act of the central character Hannah’s suicide is mentioned only fleetingly. In the series, it was portrayed in brutal, explicit detail over several minutes. Suicide-prevention advocates objected to a number of the show’s elements, ranging from the perceived glorification of Hannah as a romantic heroine to the uselessness of the adults around her. But the depiction of Hannah’s death was the aspect of the show that most troubled many experts, who argued it flouted longstanding media guidelines for portraying suicide, and could even lead to a potential contagion effect among teenage viewers. More than two years later, Netflix announced on Tuesday that it made the decision to cut that scene entirely. In a newly edited version of the Season-1 finale that replaced the old version, Hannah (played by Katherine Langford) looks at her reflection in the bathroom mirror. The next immediate shot is of her mother, Olivia (Kate Walsh) discovering her body. The cut is seamless, and solemn. A representative for Netflix declined my request for an interview with 13 Reasons Why ’s showrunner, Brian Yorkey, or other producers. In a public statement , Yorkey said: Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in Season 1 was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it. But as we ready to launch Season 3, we have heard concerns about the scene from Dr. Christine Moutier at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and others, and have agreed with Netflix to re-edit it. No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other. We believe this edit will help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers. That the decision to re-edit the episode took two years to finalize speaks to how intense the discussions were among 13 Reasons Why ’s creative team over the specific treatment of suicide in the show’s first season. (Season 2 debuted in 2018; a third season is expected to be released this summer.) Nic Sheff, one of the writers on the show, originally wrote an op-ed for Vanity Fair in 2017 arguing that the graphic detail of Hannah’s death was necessary, because the horror of the scene should help dissuade viewers from copying her. Dr. Helen Hsu, a clinical psychologist consulted by Netflix prior to the show’s release, told me that year that the show’s creators wanted to avoid romanticizing suicide by suggesting that it could ever be a serene or peaceful act. Following the show’s release, its producers monitored reactions to the series online, and documented a wide range of responses. “I think what they felt,” Moutier said, “is that they were hearing very mixed messages.” Some viewers even in recent weeks have responded positively to the portrayal of Hannah’s death for how honestly and unflinchingly it showed the violence of ending one’s own life. The conclusion from almost all mental-health experts, though, was that such a graphic scene represented more risk than it did reward. Dr. Dan Reidenberg, the executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, was consulted by Netflix before the first season debuted, and was reportedly so troubled by its messaging that he advised them not to release it . “Within the suicide-prevention field, there is very solid consensus around graphic portrayals needing to be avoided because of the risk of contagion,” Moutier told me. She was first consulted by Netflix after the show’s release in 2017 regarding the addition of more informational content surrounding 13 Reasons Why. She helped develop the website 13ReasonsWhy.info , which is a resource for parents and educators regarding suicide prevention and mental health, the warning cards Netflix added to the beginning of episodes, and the series of short videos made by actors in the show encouraging viewers to seek help if they need it. When Moutier and the AFSP first started working with Netflix, she assumed it was too late for any of the show’s content to be tweaked or edited. Her goal was simply to make sure that the series was making supplementary information available to anyone who might need it. Prior to the release of the third season of 13 Reasons Why , though, the show’s creators finally came around to the idea that the portrayal of Hannah’s death might be unnecessarily damaging, and started to consult Moutier on its potential removal. In the two years since the show first debuted, several studies had emerged analyzing a possible spike in suicide attempts and suicidal ideation among young people that accompanied its release. The team behind 13 Reasons Why , Moutier says, paid attention to all these studies and were concerned about their results. Netflix also commissioned its own study , conducted by Northwestern University, which found that viewers had increased empathy for others after watching the series, and were more likely to discuss mental-health issues with others. (The Netflix study didn’t include questions about suicidal ideation or attempts.) One study from the University of Pennsylvania found that viewers who watched the show’s second season were less likely to consider harming themselves. The mixed results, Moutier says, speak to the fact that different people can have very different responses to the same cultural product. “Anything short of a well-done educational documentary is probably going to have a very heterogeneous level of impact,” she said. In the end, after much discussion, Yorkey and his team decided that the specific scene of Hannah’s death was too potentially risky to justify its continued inclusion, particularly given the fact that the third season’s release would inevitably bring new young viewers to the show. “Even if [ 13 Reasons Why ] just lives on the platform, you have a group of children who are coming of age to start watching it from the beginning,” Moutier said. She emphasized that the decision to cut the scene is “a big deal.” Part of the reason why it was such a difficult one to make is because storytellers inevitably find their desire to create bold, provocative drama in tension with the most responsible ways of creating fiction. “The instincts that create the most highly engaging entertainment tend to be highly dramatic, fast-moving, sensational, and emotional,” Moutier said. “And some of that absolutely comes into conflict with issues of suicide contagion.” A product like 13 Reasons Why , which became a viral hit faster than its creators had ever anticipated, which is being heavily consumed by young viewers, and which lives on a platform that encourages immersive consumption, also bears more risk than a show airing weekly on a national network or on cable. (Moutier said that she hadn’t been consulted on the content of the show’s upcoming third season.) That’s not to say that TV shows or films can’t marry responsible storytelling with narrative excellence. Moutier cites the 2012 David O. Russell movie Silver Linings Playbook as a work that treated mental-health issues with thoughtfulness and nuance, as well as the former Netflix sitcom One Day at a Time , which was recently picked up for a fourth season by Pop TV . As younger generations—who stigmatize mental-health struggles less than their elders—grow up, she expects solicitous portrayal of topics like suicide, depression, bullying, and assault to increase in number. “I do have a lot of hope,” she says, “that things are going to keep trending in that direction.”'

Stratford restaurant transforms steakhouse into sustainable produce market and butchery

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What was once Bard’s Steakhouse in downtown Stratford is now The Hub’s Fine Food Market, complete with an adjoining butchery, expected to open later this summer. Galen Simmons/The Beacon Herald/Postmedia Network jpg, SF It all started with a single
'What was once Bard’s Steakhouse in downtown Stratford is now The Hub’s Fine Food Market, complete with an adjoining butchery, expected to open later this summer. Galen Simmons/The Beacon Herald/Postmedia Network \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tjpg, SF\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tIt all started with a single kitchen that was too busy to handle the demands of two downtown Stratford restaurants – The Hub and Bard’s Steakhouse.That was the problem Kevin Larson, owner of both restaurants, and his executive team are aiming to solve by transforming what was once the steakhouse into a fresh produce market that will, as of next week, be connected to a butchery next door.“One of the big structural components we had was two restaurants, two floors, one kitchen, which meant on Saturday nights at 5:30 with tourists and locals all in the building we had to seat and feed between 550 and 600 people, and to top it off we created the rooftop patio addition which brought another 100 seats to the building,” Larson explained.In hopes of taking some of the stress of those busy dinner services off his employees while making the entire business — which includes Herald Haus Brewery and The Hub Sausage Shack at Canadian Tire — more efficient, Larson sat down with his executive chef, Ian Middleton, business manager Spencer Vella, and director of creative Steve Walters to hash out a plan.“The Fine Foods Market and Butchery is actually a concept that kind of got built around Steve Walters’ position on having (something) in Stratford where you have fine foods, grocery marketable dishes with prepared foods made with wholesome, organic products, but also offering a sit-down concept where you can grab a deli sandwich and eat, or you can grab a sandwich to go, or if you wanted to grab a beer you could do that as well,” Larson said. Spencer Vella, a business manager with The Hub’s Fine Foods Market and Butchery, stands behind the market’s deli counter. Galen Simmons/The Beacon Herald/Postmedia Network jpg, SF By working with local supply managers to source the market and butchery’s meat and seasonal fruit and vegetables from area farms, and having staff use all of the produce on-hand in several different ways, including selling it as is, using it in prepared foods, or cooking it in meals for guests of The Hub and Herald Haus, Larson said he and his team hope to manage a farm-to-table supply chain with very little waste.According to Vella, once the butchery is open next door, head butcher Stewart Taylor will be bringing in and processing whole animals and using as much of those animals as possible. For example, Middleton will be able to use the bones to make stock and the fat to make lard for prepared and made-to-order dishes, while Stewart will sell prime cuts of meat, as well as in-house smoked and cured deli meats and sausages from behind his nine-foot long meat counter at the butchery next door.“Part of this whole process is to create our own supply chain by sourcing locally,” Vella said. “So, we’ll bring in a cow from Listowel, and Stewart will grind out ground beef and burger patties to be used at the restaurant.”“And then he’ll be using that and I’ll use essentially 20 pounds of stew beef to make steak and mushroom sauce,” Middleton added. “… And then (Stewart’s) going to sell me the bones and I’ll roast the bones to make stock.”While The Hub Fine Foods Market currently features a coffee bar that makes use of locally roasted coffee and baked goods made by Rebecca Reeve’s baking company, A Cuppa Sugar, it will also soon be stocked with fresh, in-house baked breads that will not only be sold in the Market but used in meals prepared for The Hub and Herald Haus as well.“As consumers we need to really start understanding where our products are coming from and how they’re being utilized,” Larson said. “… What we need to do is make sure we’re utilizing what we’re using to its maximum output. So we’re not just slaughtering a pig to make sausages, we’re slaughtering a pig for a variety of uses that go into so many different items.” With its soft-opening less than a week away, work inside The Hub’s new butchery is nearing completion. Galen Simmons/The Beacon Herald/Postmedia Network jpg, SF While Larson and his team expect to host a soft opening of the butchery next week, he says the grand opening for that part of the business will likely take place in August. gsimmons@postmedia.com'

How to go to market in middle America

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There comes a time for many startup companies where they either realize they need to do a nationwide roll-out, or they need to actively target buyers in the middle of the country..
'Deborah Eisenberg \t\t\t\t\t\t Contributor \t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t Share on Twitter \t\t \t \t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t Deborah Eisenberg is the founder of TechStarts PR , where she helps technology companies both big and small hone their message and reach their audience.\t \t\t There comes a time for many startup companies where they either realize they need to do a nationwide roll-out, or they need to actively target buyers in the middle of the country. If you are a startup on either the east or the west coasts, it’s worth thinking about how this market might present its own set of unique challenges, and how you plan to overcome them. There are a lot of misconceptions about what some people call “flyover country”, and as a San Francisco native who spent two decades in NY, DC, and Boston before moving to Pittsburgh, I can assure you they are almost all wrong. Without getting into specifics, the reality of “middle America” is that it’s the same as anywhere else. Income, education, world view, and waistlines are all varied. It’s pretty accurate that San Francisco possesses a culture obsessed with fitness and entrepreneurship. But, California isn’t necessarily all like that, and if you think it is, I encourage you to go to Bakersfield, the Central Valley, or Eureka sometime. In addition, just because the stereotypes are wrong doesn’t mean there’s nothing different about doing business here. As you think about how to conduct your rollout, here are some things you should consider: Table of Contents Research Audience  Launch Calendar Advertising  Youth Public Relations Pitfalls Research As with any market, research is key since it informs every other aspect of the rollout. Start by looking into who your competition is. Since there are fewer VC backed startups in middle America, and smaller companies tend to get less press, the research may be harder. However, there are some major universities that are actively putting money into their own Entrepreneurship programs and those spinoffs often do very well.'

Here’s What Happens When People Actually Approach Area 51

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As more than 1 million people have RSVPd to the satirical buzzy Facebook event to “raid” Area 51 and “see them aliens,” those who have tried to visit the secretive military base that’s long intrigued conspiracy theorists say participants in the
'As more than 1 million people have RSVPd to the satirical buzzy Facebook event to “raid” Area 51 and “see them aliens,” those who have tried to visit the secretive military base that’s long intrigued conspiracy theorists say participants in the event aren’t likely to see anything at all. While some Area 51 visitors do believe that the site, near Rachel, Nevada, is home to a secret government cache of alien technology (or aliens themselves), the government says it’s an Air Force testing ground. Regardless of the lore surrounding the place that drives tourism, visitors aren’t exactly welcome. “You can tell that they’re watching you,” says YouTuber Josh Yozura , who tried to visit Area 51 three years ago. Yozura says the area around the gate he approached was basically a desert with fields, cows and distant mountains as far as the eye can see. Nonetheless, he could tell he was under surveillance — and he noticed guards stationed in buildings around 20 feet ahead. “They’re always watching,” he says. Three gates lead to Area 51 , according to accounts of some who visited. Beyond the guards he could see further back, nobody greeted Yozura at the entrance. Cameras surround the three gates, too, Yozura says. He could also make out the shapes of people sitting on mountains in the distance beyond the gates. Despite his “eerie” feeling, though, Yozura says he left Area 51 with a better understanding of why it fascinates so many people. “It’s a whole big mystery, and that’s why I think we all love it so much,” he says. DigitalGlobe satellite image of Area 51 on Nov. 21, 2014. The United States Air Force facility commonly known as Area 51 is a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. \' data-medium-file=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-appearance.jpg?quality=85&w=300\' data-large-file=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-appearance.jpg?quality=85&w=600\' class=\'wp-image-5629702 size-portrait_small_2x aligncenter\' src=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-appearance.jpg?w=560&quality=85&h=429\' alt=\'NOVEMBER 21, 2014: DigitalGlobe satellite image Area 51. The United States Air Force facility commonly known as Area 51 is a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range.\' width=\'560\' height=\'429\' srcset=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-appearance.jpg?w=560&quality=85&h=429 560w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-appearance.jpg?w=150&quality=85&h=115 150w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-appearance.jpg?w=300&quality=85&h=230 300w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-appearance.jpg?w=768&quality=85&h=589 768w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-appearance.jpg?w=600&quality=85&h=460 600w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-appearance.jpg?quality=85 1024w\' sizes=\'(max-width: 560px) 100vw, 560px\' /> John Morris , a photographer and YouTuber who approached Area 51 during a 2016 road trip, said the experience was “really cool,” but he couldn’t shake the feeling that something seemed off. “You could disappear overnight and no one would ever know,” he says. “So it’s also kind of eerie.” When he headed up to the gates, Morris was struck by how different it was from other military bases he had visited. “It’s a gate with all these buildings [behind it], and people inside the buildings, but nobody’s standing outside. Nobody’s near the gates,” he says. Morris ate lunch at the Little A’le’Inn , a nearby restaurant and hotel, and tried to get some insight from the locals. But “t hey were kind of tight-lipped about the whole thing themselves,” he says. The restaurant was decked out in all manner of extra-terrestrial paraphernalia, no doubt an effort to cash in on the believers who make the pilgrimage. Small cafe and hotel named Little A’Le’Inn located along Nevada Highway 375, also called Extraterrestrial Highway, with an alien statue in front of it, on Oct. 22, 2018. \' data-medium-file=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-what-its-actually-like.jpg?quality=85&w=300\' data-large-file=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-what-its-actually-like.jpg?quality=85&w=600\' class=\'wp-image-5629707 size-portrait_small_2x aligncenter\' src=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-what-its-actually-like.jpg?w=560&quality=85&h=374\' alt=\'Small cafe and hotel named Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, Nevada\' width=\'560\' height=\'374\' srcset=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-what-its-actually-like.jpg?w=560&quality=85&h=374 560w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-what-its-actually-like.jpg?w=1120&quality=85&h=748 1120w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-what-its-actually-like.jpg?w=150&quality=85&h=100 150w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-what-its-actually-like.jpg?w=300&quality=85&h=200 300w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-what-its-actually-like.jpg?w=768&quality=85&h=513 768w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-what-its-actually-like.jpg?w=600&quality=85&h=401 600w\' sizes=\'(max-width: 560px) 100vw, 560px\' /> For Kyle Rakutis, who made an Area 51 visit at nighttime in 2014 on a road trip from the Boston area to the West Coast, things went differently. At the Little A’le’Inn, a bartender gave Rakutis directions up a dirt road to the gates of Area 51. That’s when his visit took a turn, he says. “I’m reading the signs and all of a sudden the gates open, so I drive in, and these three military guys come out, guns drawn. As I’m sitting there, I’m kind of freaking out, because they don’t really say anything,” Rakutis says. “They just say, ‘check him out,’ and start searching my vehicle immediately.” Rakutis says he didn’t get a good look at Area 51, which he believes was still miles beyond the gate where he says he was stopped. He noticed “flickering lights off in the distance,” Rakutis says, leading him to believe there were buildings of some kind beyond the gates. “But at that point honestly I was too scared for my life to even take a close look at it.” A guard wrote down his license plate number, sent him away and closed the gate. Rakutis doesn’t encourage anyone to visit Area 51 — much less to “raid” it — because he “feared for [his] life” as the guards approached him. Morris, who has years of experience as a travel photographer and photojournalist, agrees that visiting Area 51 just didn’t feel right. “I travel for a living, so I’m used to getting put into different situations like that,” Morris says. “But that was something else.” Extraterrestrial Highway Sign (Highway 375) near Area 51 near Rachel, Nevada. \' data-medium-file=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-extra-terrestrial-highway.jpg?quality=85&w=300\' data-large-file=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-extra-terrestrial-highway.jpg?quality=85&w=600\' class=\'wp-image-5629735 size-portrait_small_2x aligncenter\' src=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-extra-terrestrial-highway.jpg?w=560&quality=85&h=371\' alt=\'Area 51 File Photos\' width=\'560\' height=\'371\' srcset=\'https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-extra-terrestrial-highway.jpg?w=560&quality=85&h=371 560w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-extra-terrestrial-highway.jpg?w=150&quality=85&h=99 150w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-extra-terrestrial-highway.jpg?w=300&quality=85&h=199 300w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-extra-terrestrial-highway.jpg?w=768&quality=85&h=509 768w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-extra-terrestrial-highway.jpg?w=600&quality=85&h=397 600w, https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/area-51-extra-terrestrial-highway.jpg?quality=85 1024w\' sizes=\'(max-width: 560px) 100vw, 560px\' />'