Someone couldn’t wait for an official signage upgrade from the campaign:

Question: how long before Konnie uses the tagline “Not Your Average Joe”?

Bets are being taken!

Every once in a while I try to listen to Jordan Levy (out a sense that I should make some sort of penance for prior misdeeds; I don’t own a hairshirt, so JL is the next best punishment).

Yesterday around 5:30,  Joe Petty called into Jordan.

He was talking about how he’d served on the council for 14 years and how the last three years in particular have been great and that the Council has accomplished quite a lot in those three years.

That prompted a couple thoughts on my part:

  • A year and a half of those years were technically Konnie years, right?
  • This man has been on the Council for 14 years and I have no idea what he stands for or what distinguishes him from anyone else.

It also prompted my car to sputter in disgust and break down a couple of miles later.  (Really.  You can’t make this up, folks.)

One thing I thought was interesting about the short chat was that Petty touted his good relationship with the city manager.

I wonder how much of this campaign could turn into a referendum of the city manager.  Konnie has certainly been more critical of the manager (though she gave him very high marks on this year’s review).  Would that adversarial (comparatively speaking, of course) relationship help or hurt her?

While the manager has certainly been able to pull some rabbits out of his budgetary hat in the past, it’s unclear how much of that is dependent on his relationship with the mayor.  Or — more importantly — whether there are any rabbits left to be pulled.

An MUTCD is just a fancy 8-track tape, right?

This post is dedicated to Angela.

Here in the Big Dirty Woo we don’t care much for following federal street name sign standards.  If the name’s a long one, we just shrink the type to fit the blade:

. . . MUTCD be damned.

Note the air bubbles under the retroreflective green backing.  Quality control be damned as well.

About a hundred feet away from that newfangled hit single, we’ve left this “oldie but goodie” in place:

Try playing that on your fancy-shmancy MUTCD player, buster!

Reminder: Burns Bridge Meeting tomorrow

I don’t have a lot of time to write about this, but there will be yet another hearing about the Burns Bridge tomorrow at 7pm at the Conference Center at Worcester Technical High School.  (If you don’t know where the conference center is, I’m told it’s across the hall from the auditorium. Go in through the front doors, turn right, follow the hallway around, it’s on the left.)

In today’s T&G, there’s an article about the bridge and the state’s efforts to get a waiver on the federal environmental impact studies for the impact to Lake Quinsigamond.  There are other transparency issues around the proposals for this particular bridge, so if you cannot attend the meeting and want me to ask questions, let me know in the comments.  (Sometimes I check email during a liveblog, sometimes I don’t — so send your questions now!)