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Bales of fun

April 20, 2011 - Jim Anderson
The weather being what it is, looking for a few laughs, I turned to John Kelso, who has a “Cranky Corner” in the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman.

Kelso, who is from Maine, wrote a piece earlier this year about driving in a snowstorm in Texas. (What we would call a “dusting.”) It’s titled, “I’m a Yankee, so I can drive in this stuff.”

Of course, the author runs into trouble, slides on some ice, gets stuck next to another car, gets sandwiched by another car, etc. When all is said and done, eight cars are clustered together “in a body shop’s dream.”

“I haven’t had so much fun,” Kelso writes, “since the hogs ate my little brother.”

Haven’t heard that line in a while.

Kelso also weighs in on the Harry Baals (pronounced balls) controversy.

If you look up Harry Baals on Wikipedia, you’ll learn that his descendants have taken to pronouncing the name as “bales.”

That wasn’t the case when Harry Baals was the mayor of Fort Wayne, Ind., back in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.

Folks were obviously more mature in those decades.

Did you know that Mayor Baals has a Fort Wayne street named after him? It’s called H.W. Baals Drive.

That wasn’t always the case.

“It used to be Harry Baals Drive,” a Fort Wayne official informed Kelso. “ ... The sign kept getting stolen. As soon as they put it back up, it got stolen again.”

Earlier this year, the city of Fort Wayne held an online poll to gather ideas for the name of a new government building.

In a runaway vote — which drew international press attention — the winner was the Harry Baals Government Center.

The city rejected that suggestion and opted for Citizens Square instead.

“What message are we sending to, say, the Middle East when we hold a vote, and the winner is ignored?” Kelso laments.

Another lesson in bailouts I would say.

 
 
 

 

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