07.16.18- Palm Bay Road living room- making a pilgrimage?
While George Collins was our first candidate interview of the Primary season as he seeks the Republican D-50 nomination, we had other news stealing our thunder as we began our talk week.
It seems an abandoned couch on Palm Bay Road has drawn national attention as it’s no longer just a couch. The worn place of furniture, well past its useful years, was placed roadside by persons unknown. It has drawn company in the following days in the form of matching curtains, a rug, a houseplant, a table with James Patterson novels and a James Taylor album (if you are Millennial or younger…it’s a music download on a large vinyl disc. What us old folks had to listen to if we wanted to hear music.)
While politicians were digging in the couch for change poking fun at Palm Bay politics, it’s West Melbourne’s baby to handle. Mayor Hal Rose asked if he should ask the TDC for a grant to maintain it or call Waste Management for a special pick up.
I told the mayor to add a statue of Ponce de Leon and TDC funding was almost guaranteed!
07.17.18- Going to Pronoun Prison
Do you ever worry about pronoun use in conversation? No? Neither do I.
So, why do we allow the education elitists at American colleges to bother our kids with such trivial nonsense?
Our example is the University of Minnesota with a proposed new policy that could result in expulsion for students and termination for employees who use an incorrect or non-chosen pronoun as selected by the individual addressed.
Yeah, tell me to call you Ze, Zir or Zirs and you’ll get names, but they are not likely to be pronouns, proper ones anyway!
The university already lists choices for pronoun and gender and one person called immediately to tell me the school was inappropriately limiting his (or its) choices! Ha! Perfect! Makes the point well…where does it end?
It ends when we stand up and say so and refuse to be bullied into nonsense. Like now!
07.18.18- #NOT YOU!
Last week Scarlett Johansson was pressured out of a movie role she had accepted because she was to portray a transgender character. She is not trans and was bashed for taking on the role.
She bowed to the “tolerant” crowd and left the film. Now, it has no big name star to draw audience and it may not get made.
This week its amputees going after “The Rock,” Dwayne Johnson, because in his current film he is an action hero who has one leg amputated below the knee.
It’s too late for this one, the movie is out right now, but the whiners are not happy and want top stars to turn down roles that have “special” characteristics.
Is acting not having the ability to portray something you are not? Neither of these kinds of roles are new to traditional actors. You don’t have to be the subject to play it. That’s why it’s called acting!
So let’s stop the” #NOT YOU!” movement before it gets carried away.
07.19.18- Pick up the whistle!
Baseball, basketball, football, softball, soccer and other sports teach kids great things. It takes officials to manage the contests according to the rules.
Recent reports have focused on sports officiating at the youth level and the problem of not having enough officials to do the job.
I have done this since I was 12 with basketball and 13 with baseball. It’s fun, it’s a challenge and it takes study and work if you are going to do it right.
Not that doing it right matters. No matter your proficiency some 15th row “official” is going to scream how wrong you got it from the best perspective on the field of play. Many times officials are berated just for the fun of it. Other times it’s much more serious.
When it’s not fun anymore, it’s time to go and officials are leaving in droves. So, how about this, you sideline officiating wonders? Get out of the 15th row, grab the mask or whistle and show us how right you really are. The kids need you being better than you are from left field!
07.20.18- SURVIVOR: Wickham Park!
An email I received this week about a camping experience in Wickham Park makes me think it’s an episode of Survivor or maybe Naked and Afraid!
David, a former Space Coast resident now lives in Texas and he brought a camper to Wickham Park for a vacation in his former home region.
He rented camping space in Wickham Park and the experience was challenging at the very least. He noted the large homeless population in the park, police calls, drunken behavior, instances of domestic violence, inappropriate behavior in public restrooms and having to protect his dog from the dogs of the homeless folks.
When he complained to the county recreation department David was told they don’t discriminate against homeless people in the park.
Seems when the park population causes problems one might find in a housing project, someone may just want to police the campground a little better.
Wickham Park is more Survivor than it is an ad for Brevard Tourism