Howdy honeybunch, things are really popping around these parts with the final daze. No, I had that right. The only way yew kin git through the endless commercials on the boob tube and wireless is by being in a daze – at least for a few minutes. We’ll get to more on that later, but the final days up to the election are quite something, watching all the worker bees from the parties try to git this one or that one to vote a certain way.
The kiddies, natchurly, were looking more toward Halloween, and they were able to be out in their costumes and finery. Things seem to be jest a bit more “back to normal” around here – even more than last year. Despite the endless talk of boosters and vaccines that aren’t vaccines, most people just get on with their lives. The newsies and media want to paint a picture more sickness comin’ our way and more “variants,” but they lost people after all the hoopla of the last outbreak. “We’re all gonna die!” only sells sooo many papers or can lead only sooo many news shows.
Tennyrate, the election in these parts is goin’ perty well. Unfortunately, we’re not hearing much about a “red wave” in our part of the world, though that would be very welcome. I hear-tell that the GOP is going after our own Dick Blumenthal. Wouldn’t that be a hoot! Blumenthal is the first half of a senatorial duo representing our state that embarrasses the word “embarrassment.” Both are hacks that don’t have an original idea in their heads, and would well deserve to be put out to pasture.
But, don’t worry. Effen things look bad for Dickie or anyone else on the fed’ral ticket or state ticket, we’re sure lines will form in certain polling places somewhere around 7:30, wherein there will be a call to have the polls stay open past 8. We’ve seen it before, it’s an old saw. It’s amazing how many voters decide that the last minute to git in line, and how vans and busses are used to git them there. It’s all part o’ politics in the Constitution State. So, I don’t see much of the red wave hitting these shores. But one can hope.
And effen you’ve looked at this week’s papyrus, yew note that the letters section is a bit more full this week. That is a sure sign of the Silly Season. Letter writing campaigns are still part o’ the scene around here. Yup. Outta nowhere came many letters – and it’s amazing how so many sound so similar.
We’ve been in this game for a long time, Felicia, we know what the games about. And in soooo many ways it is jest that a game. It has certain rules and certain “plays” and it goes back into the closet until the next election “cycle.”
What do we expeck around here. Mostly status quo when the dust settles on Nov. 9, but there might be a few changes in the guard. It depends on whether people are as sick and tired of the status quo as some believe they are. But, Cobina is from Missouri on this one.
It’s been more than two months since the Police Commish passed the motion to re-open Water Street to alleviate some o’ the traffic along Elm Street and Foist Avenue. Honey, there are times during the day you can pack a lunch and eat it whilst yore waiting for the traffic to move.
With the obvious demise of the Haven Projeck and the demolition of the remaining houses so the land can be cleared, we don’t understand what in blazes is taking so long for the fences and concrete barriers to be removed. It would make traveling about the burg a bit more economical. Lawd knows, yew hafta add another 10 minutes or more effen yew have to traverse the area. Things jest seem to come to a halt after decisions are made in our little town.
Yew know yew’ve hit a bit of a lull in the “news cycle” when one o’ thee biggest stories is the fack the city is implementing a program turning food garbage into biofuel. That seems to top the list. Sammy Bluejay was in t’other afternoon and we were talking about how the city over the decades seems to get involved in all these projects that have to do with decay.
Back in the 1990s it was the compost site that was gonna be a big money-maker for the city cuz it was going to compost waste and cuttings and tree limbs and setch and sell it back to consumers for their gardens. Yeah.
Now we have this new “chore” as Herronner is calling it. We now will be expected to separate our food garbage from the “waste-paper” garbage, and put it in special bags, which I guess will be transported and somehow it will be turned into biofuel or something. Why do I think this thing is jest another well-intentioned program that ain’t gonna turn out to be the boon that its heralders seem to think. Maybe cuz we’ve seen this type of thing before?
According to the hype it’s gonna be the best thing since sliced bread. And, effen yew have old sliced bread put it in the bio waste bag for transformation inta biofuel. The pernt is we’ve seen these things before. It’s all feel-good stuff that will have very lit’le real world effeck. Not being a Gloomy Gus, jest knowing how these things go after watchin’ them for five or six decades.
Speaking of things that seem to be hyped but say very little, we’ve noticed recently an uptick in press releases that are chock full of superlatives, but say nothing. We had a press release come through the wires that talked about a certain projeck and meeting. But when we were culling through the verbiage of how great this was gonna be for all of us, we couldn’t figger out whatinell was gonna be done. There was gonna be a meeting, it was gonna talk about a projeck, but nary a word about what that projeck might be, what the logistic are or anything like that.
We mentioned that to the people holding the confab and they directed us to the website. So, on we went looking for more details. Instead, we got bullet points about how great the plan was and how everyone should get on board, but not one real detail. All hype, all superaltives, all gobbledy-gook.
That’s the way things are going now. Looking for details. Forget it, just get with the program and see how things are gonna change. Needless to say, we weren’t impressed. We showed it to the Wag who cme in that morning. He jest rolled his eyes and put pressed “delete.”
Speaking of things that are hyped, but little comes after, we’ve mentioned it and must mention it again. Nelly Nuthatch was in t’other afternoon and wanted to know whatever happened to the Enterprise Zone that was announced two Decembers ago that was to be along the West River? Since the big hype – and believe me it was big – we’ve seen nothing since the General Assembly approved it – and that was about six weeks after the announcement.
This area was supposed to be for bio-teck and other setch things. Well, while we were led to believe the perks and tax break offered would have businesses breaking down our doors to git in. We haven’t seen any shattered door glass around anywhere. Nor, quite frankly, do we expeck to see much. We git all these wonderful announcements, and nothing. Remember, the law school, the Arts Center, 5 Water Street, the Haven (now added). The only thing that came about was the railroad station, and that wasn’t done by the politicos, that was done by Mike Mercuriano and a group that wasn’t gonna take no for an answer.
We saw one letter concerning the behavior of a certain member of the City Council, and we were somewhat taken aback by it So, we took a gander for ourselves. It wasn’t too far off the markt. One could be passionate about a subject. One could be emotional about a subject. One could even be dogmatic about one’s stance. But the behavior went beyond that. It got personal, it got demanding as if anything but the councilmember’s take on the subject was tantamount to heresy or high treason!
The thing in question, a resolution by the council itself proposing that a federal grant be used and only West Haven businesses could apply was rejected by the Feds. This seemed lost in the conversation. Instead, there was a harangue. No the council had to revise the resolution to fit the Federal guidelines. How about that! So, what was the emotional outburst about? Not a good look for those of us watching that’s for sure.
With that bit o’ chatter, I’ll close this time till next, mitt luff und kizzez,