Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Got My Smile Fix This Morning
Do we have a facility for the Rurally Insane nearby that allows the residents internet access? Some of the comments don't even relate to the actual article. Some relate to the title of the article. Some comments are as if a toddler was given a time out and is screaming nonsense from his room in retaliation. They make no sense at all.
Those that are completely off the wall seem to feed on others that equally off the wall.
"Hey, it's me. I just left another comment on T&G"
"Awesome, man! I did, too. How'd you sign it?"
" I used a combination of two real names!!"
"That is so cool What was the article about? What did you write?"
"Dunno, something about landfill. I just wrote about those SOS'ers and RATS again. It was so cool."
Then there were the comments that were left just for someone to take up bandwidth, like the posting of Mass General Laws. Hello? Posting MGL's on a newspaper comment section? They must have just become familiar with cut & paste.
So, I read about fifty comments at the end of several articles. No, I didn't read the articles, I wasn't there for that. The comments were entertaining enough. It was like a newspaper version of the Cartoon Network.
Judging from what I read it would be easy to assume that the people leaving the comments were all unemployed, sitting around in there underwear, sharing an IQ of 65 among themselves, but I know differently. Most are very employed, well dressed, and well educated people, and leaving comments at a newspaper comment section is like their idea of attending a rave. So exciting.
Comments left after reading an article are great. If they pertain to the articles content, they can offer additional insight. When they are written as if the writer had just sucked down a bottle of Robitussin then they are purely entertainment.
It was well worth the trip to T&G this morning. The smiles I got will last me the day.