I’ll be putting up a few items on the Virtual Assignment Desk for next week.
If you don’t have a blog but want to report on something, let me know and I’ll post it here. Also, please feel free to send in nominations for “What I Learned from Blogs This Week.” I tend to collect news-ish items during the week, but please let me know if I’ve missed anything of note.
Contests & Other Publicity
Worcester Mag’s Best of Worcester has a category for Best Local Blog. If you’re going to be voting, please please please consider Wormtown Taxi in that category. (No, I did not get paid to say that.)
Art in the Park is looking for volunteers.
Anyone want to get Abby Kelley Foster on a stamp?
Ecotarium is conducting an audience research survey.
What I Learned This Week
The Mayor is having open office hours on Tuesdays before the Council meetings.
Jeff summarized the blog coverage of the City Council Meeting (seriously, wasn’t this great?), broke the CK Smith story. let us know about the WooTube video contest, and made a reference to Albert Southwick.
I heard a rumor that next year the city will attempt to build a pyramid at Worcester Airport. It will definitely help boost the economy and put at least 10,000 Egyptian stone masons back to work. —Mr. T
The Week in Tirella
The first law of ICT is that it seems impossible for me not to pick it up a week late. (The laws of ICT are kind of like the laws of physics, but a touch more unpredictable.)
The second law of ICT is that — no matter which day I pick up ICT — the following conversation will occur when I walk in the door:
Me: “I got a copy of the InCity Times today.”
Husband: “I picked up a copy for you and it’s on the counter.”
Every. Single. Issue.
We must have a psychic ICT bond.
Anyway, unrelated to the laws of ICT are the rules of ICT:
The first rule of ICT (for any politician, at least) is:
You do not talk to ICT about anything except the weather. And puppies.
The second rule of ICT is:
You DO NOT talk to ICT about anything except the weather. And puppies.
(It’s almost like Fight Club, except you should really keep your shirt and shoes ON. And I don’t think there’s enough room for fisticuffs in the Council chambers.)
Now, I know Konnie didn’t talk to Rose this time around, and I kind of agree with at least one point in this column: we do need Konnie. But — here’s the rub — she’s still here. She doesn’t necessarily need to be mayor, because I think she does a good job of being the opposition voice on the council. In many ways, not being mayor should give someone a little more freedom to be critical, to be vocal about controversial issues, to be Konnie Lukes. I think the voters still wanted Konnie around; they just didn’t want Konnie to be mayor.
And they also don’t want Konnie talking to Rose. Again, the problem with talking with Rose is that she’ll trot out the same story at least twice (like giving gifts to Tim Murray’s daughters) so it makes you look like a whiner when you may have just mentioned something in a completely innocuous way. Do not complain about JOB to ICT or we will get the same quote three different ways before the next election.
Konnie, if you want to talk with someone, why don’t you come have coffee with me (well, I’ll have a Tab), because everyone knows I throw more softball questions than Charlie Rose when he talks to Hank Paulson. (Let’s forget that I had a huge crush on Hank Paulson for a while. I think it was a “Daddy Warbucks”/bald Republican thing. But I digress…)
Bottom line: sure, you can be nice to Rose, but make sure to remember the first rule of ICT!