October 24th, 2006


Trying to this out of the way

It snowed today. Snow. Fucking snow. Yikes.

Any of you hear about this asshole? I think people are starting to see the breakdown that happens when sports-obsessed assholes raise kids to be sports-obsessed assholes and so on and so forth. They try to turn their children into clones of themselves and we hit a Xerox effect.

Although the article does make me think about some of these parents' groups and the like, independent organizations that give people and other groups 'grades' on behavior or activities or whatever. This isn't school anymore; nobody cares if this politician gets an 'F' on this commission's report or a C on that organization's study unless the commission/organization actually has the power to do something about it. A lot of these commissions and the like think their part is done when they spend a bunch of time and money to do something that's about as effective as me bitching on my LiveJournal (possibly even less so; after all, people get questioned by the Secret Service over shit they say on their blogs).

It reminds me of something that happened a couple of years ago. In Fairmont, we've got the Monongahela River running through the center of town. There are a couple of bridges that cross the river (the 3rd Street Bridge and the High-Level Bridge), and there used to be a third that was closed off but not torn down until after the incident I was describing (the Low-Level Bridge). One of the remaining two bridges, the older of the two (the High-Level Bridge), was being restored and was closed off. The change in the traffic flow started slowly killing off the businesses on the street where both bridges come out (Merchant Street). People who would have used the High-Level Bridge to cross the river to shop at Merchant Street (like the residents of an old folks' home in Downtown) instead went a little further on that side of the river to avoid the traffic and shop elsewhere; similarly, the different flow of traffic made it hard to get in and out of the limited parking space on Merchant Street, so less people shopped there. As a result, a major grocery store shut down and other businesses were really feeling the crunch.

The businesses started complaining to the city. The city, in turn, told them that they would look into possibly reopening the Low-Level Bridge as a foot bridge or something so people could park Downtown and reach Merchant Street without having to fight the traffic. Or at the very least, for long enough to complete restoration of the High-Level Bridge. And the businesses assumed that the problem was going to be taken care off and backed off.

I wonder how many of them realized that it was just smoke-blowing. Because I know I and several other people knew that their squawking just got a hand-waving away and that was it; y'see, by the time anyone would be able to do a study of the Low-Level Bridge detailed enough to determine that the structure was sound enough, the High-Level Bridge's restoration would be finished. But the requisite bitching was done, someone pretended to listen, and the issue was promptly forgotten.

So that totally solved it.

In unrelated news, I keep seeing promos for the DVD release of "An American Haunting." Just watching it, and hearing the increasingly-common 'based on a terrifying true story' claim, my first thought is "Is it based on the terrifying true story of the filming of The Blair Witch Project?"

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Well, that's it for the moment. Next week's gaming write-up should be slim pickings; this Friday is our Halloween party, Greg's Vampire game doesn't meet the last Saturday of the month, and the tabletop group is taking a week off before we all get together to do Promethean character creation.

So I'll catch you guys whenever.

In unrelated news, get Okami for the PS2. Man, that game is good.