Friday, September 14, 2007

Soles'n'Bowls

  • SHORE SUPPORT is an organization that has been around as long as I've been in SouthCoast. They collect and distribute money and services for fishermen and their families. They've seen hard times lately, as have many fishermen, and they received $5,000 from the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation, so that's good news. New Bedford is the #1 fishing port in America and you'd think we'd have a few more organizations like this. Must be too busy fishing.
  • "More responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty." O rly?
  • The last time I packed my seabag and left Fall River in disgust, the names Correia, Sullivan, Viveiros, Pelletier, Whitty, and Camara were in the news. They're all still there. According to last Tuesday's primary, the Nineties never happened. Or the last seven years, whatever you call them.
  • Because the people of Fall River did exactly what they always do: The voters went in and voted for the person they thought was going to win. That way, the voters don't look like losers. Somebody explain to them that they're supposed to vote for the person they want to have win. Preferably the best person for the job.
  • On the other hand, it was speculated that the people who voted were a bunch of old people who figured it was their last chance ever to vote, so they went with what they know to provide comfort for their twilight years.
  • "The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home," he said. I thought successful meant they were coming home. Why does that remind me of the people around me saying that our town shut off the streetlamps because the government wanted to punish us for not voting to pay for streetlights?
  • There was a big "creative economy" conference in New Bedford. I know the joke ending of that sentence is "And they held it in the phone booth at the end of the hall." But really: Were members of the creative economy invited? And is "creative economy" the new "entrepreneurial"? "Entrepreneurial" is what the really successful wealthy people call people who own dollar stores. And what the rest of us call people who sell Ralph Lauren knock-offs to really successful wealthy people.

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