One of the more interesting things that happened at the city council meeting was one council member was rather insistent that we needed to do something about a particular intersection. He brought it up under miscellaneous business at the end of the meeting, which I run as pretty free-form segment to handle all those odd things that people have asked us about that either don't fit in elsewhere or which are more informational in nature.. After a long soliloquy by the council member in question about how we needed to fix that intersection, the director of public works had to gently point out that the intersection in question is not in fact in the city. It is at a juncture of the county boundary and a state highway - the city boundary is further down the the road. Nothing like an Emily Lattella-ish "Never mind." to make someone appear thoughtful and well prepared. Especially given that he is the brother-in-law of the county commissioner that he should have been talking to about it. But given that we had our typical 3 reporters, 3 guests, and 3 department head audience in the chambers, it really doesn't matter. That is one of the reasons that I've been happy that we don't broadcast the meetings on our public service channel - there is no huge gain to orating up a storm or showboating, so people generally get to the point, state their reasoning, and then we vote. Maybe I'll have to try a filibuster sometime before my last day as mayor!
Just so you can feel a personal sense of edification for reading thus far, a couple of quotations for you perusal:
Conservative, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. -- Ambrose Bierce
Liberal: A power worshipper without power. -- George Orwell
As I said yesetrday, Little Ms Blogger of A Little Blog About Nothing fame gave me this Love Ya Award:
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I thank her for the kind consideration and recognition. Since I'm running a bit low on time for the nonce, I'll get back with my eight
Nightly night .....