Tuesday, April 29, 2008

She don't remember the queen of soul...

Let's see. I have a bunch of random, disjointed thoughts I feel like sharing, but none really deserve their own post. Hmm. If only there were a predetermined blog post template/format I could use…

Yeeeeee-Haw!

Maintaining my substance-free, noncommittal style, I'm not going to say much about the General Growth show last night, but David Wissing shares many of my same thoughts on the presentation and Wordbones has a preliminary rundown of the plan's first phase. I will say that the Merriweather stuff kinda makes me what to do silly things, like use smiley-face emoticons, but I'll refrain.

No I won't: :-)

So instead of augmenting the thoughts of my Brothers in Blogging, I will only add a small anecdote from last night's three hour tour show. Towards the beginning, MC Hamm(er) asked under-35 members of the crowd to raise their hands, a request presumably designed to show the significant age imbalance of the assembled group. Predictably, only a handful of the nearly 500 folks raised their hands.

Although I've wrung my hands in the past about the lack of young people involved in the Downtown planning process, that's not my intention in sharing this anecdote. Rather, it's to highlight the disdain this hand-raising exercise spurred in the dude sitting behind me.

"What's the point of that question," he blustered. "Parents come to these meetings. Kids should be home doing homework. What a stupid question."

Run along, kiddies. The grown-ups need to talk about important stuff.

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Are you anxious for more extensive coverage of local happenings? I mean, sure, there are the local blogs. They're great and all, but if you're like me – and I think you are – than you're looking for something that's a bit more, um, "establishment."

Well, then have we got something for you. By "we," of course, I'm not including myself or anyone directly affiliated with me, but instead Patuxent Publishing, which is set to drop some Explore Howard goodness on the unsuspecting web-surfers of our fair community. The nascent "blog" that had been occupying www.explorehoward.com address has been replaced with this promising message: "explorehoward.com - arriving 05/01/2008."

It feels like Christmas.

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Speaking of Christmas, it's been like that around here for me. In addition to getting three awesome new fillings for my poor, dying teeth, I picked up a new lens for my camera on Saturday, finally getting some decent tele-ability back into my photography. How about a shot?


Woo-hoo! Zoom!

17 comments:

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Launches Thursday.

Nina said...

Ah, under 35 folks as kids. I love it. Home doing homework - well, ironically I guess you could term what I was doing last night as homework. But I'm going to guess the vast majority of my co-agers were off at work, picking up kids, making dinner, and so forth.

What gets me is that we under 35 are only "kids" when we want (or or ask for) a voice in the community and the future of the community. If the same folks saw us as their physician, lawyer, heart surgeon, financial adviser, investment banker, dentist, computer programmer, auto mechanic, or accountant, they have respect for our skills.

Under 35s are good enough to save your life, manage your money, draft your contracts, or represent you in court - BUT not express an opinion about development that affects us and our children.

Anonymous said...

I have never felt like my opinion was not valued in the community because I was "under 35". The fact that the two main County Executive candidates were both under 35 invalidates the theory that people under 35 are not taken seriously when it comes to expressing a voice in the community. Maybe I won't feel this way in a couple of years, but 35 is actually kind of old.

If there is a problem, it is that those under 35 do not care to express their opinion. The problem is not that their opinion is not taken seriously.

Hayduke said...

If there is a problem, it is that those under 35 do not care to express their opinion.

This and the reaction of the dude are more related than we might think.

Also, 35 may be old to some, but at these types of events, its downright juvenile.

Anonymous said...

Or perhaps they are not related at all.

Mary Kate Murray said...

Anonymous - I am curious to hear more. Why do you think people under 35 do not care to express their opinions? Thanks in advance for your response.

Anonymous said...

Hay,

You gonna leave that 'daddy daddy' thing hanging up there, or are you going to write something that generates sufficient responses to replace it?

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The Queen Of Soul.

"Aretha Franklin"

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