Autumn in the North Cemetery.

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Big Brass Ones Are Festive This Time Of Year


The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

I received the above e-card today from National Grid.  It's obvious that the folks in public relations don't read the newspaper, or own a television.  The sentiment is nice.  Ironic, but nice.

Happy Holidays to you, as well.


  1. I had the same thought -- kind of "big brassy" to use an image that so clearly evokes the memory of the recent storm.

    Someone should photoshop some downed wires onto it....

  2. Makes me think of the oft heard phrase, "Your call is important to us." What level of importance?"
    "Thank you for being a valued customer and our neighbor." "Valued" in that we pay your wages? "Neighbor" as in we live closer to each other than we do to Mars?
    This "neighbor" wording is a marketing thing, such as this theme park type greeting: "Come down often, and visit our great attraction. We're practically neighbors. 'Only a two hours by plane."
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Wally, from folks who do truly appreciate your postings, and who do live right in your town.

  3. :-) Thank you, and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to you, too!


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