Fort Wayne magazine sent me an issue for the second straight month. I’m mystified, as I’m not a subscriber. Last month’s was apparently a gift from Northeast Indiana Public Radio, but I dunno about the one that arrived today. Maybe Alan and I are getting the And Stay Out former employee kick-in-the-pants package; the magazine is published by the newspaper company.
It arrived in time for lunchtime reading. Cover line: “Is downtown Fort Wayne on the verge of being hip?” I turned inside, to see if the question was answered in the world’s shortest magazine article (“No.”). No. Flipped to the society pages. Oh look, there’s a local mover/shaker, and yes, his name is misspelled. He only ran the city’s largest hospital and had his name in the paper regularly for a matter of years; I guess it’s an understandable mistake to call him Rittenheim instead of Ridderheim. I took another look at the cover. The woman closest to the foreground in a seemingly candid photo of one of those verge-of-hip downtown restaurants is one of the contributing writers, which I assume was not coincidental.
Note to readers: If you have to pre-select well-dressed, demographically correct young people for a posed photo of a downtown hot spot, I’d say hipness is not only not on the verge, it can’t even be seen coming down the road. Better luck next month.
Oh, but I guess I can afford to sneer, watching the Home Run Derby take place in my very own town (yes, watching on TV — the air conditioning’s better here). When the camera pulls back to show the stands, you can see the skyline. Alan’s down at the park fiddling with his boat, making sure the running lights work. (“Why does Daddy spend so much time with his boat?” Kate asks. “You know what it’s like when you have a new toy?” “Is the boat a toy?” “A-yup.”)
Not much bloggage today, but I do have this, Slate’s explanation of why Labradors are America’s favorite canine breed. I love Labs, but I don’t have the energy to run them 60 miles a day, or however far they have to travel to take the edge off. Neither, it’s clear to me, do many of the people who own them. They’re still good dogs. Enjoy, Mindy.
Also, it looks like my ol’ pal Leo has started a company-sponsored blog. He links to me; we’ll see how long that lasts (snort). Best of luck, Lenny.