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Some questions

November 9, 2011 - Blaine Hyska
I have some questions; I don’t know if there are answers.

Some drivers are amazing. They can talk on a cell phone, smoke a cigarette, suck down a mocha latte cappuccino light, and tweet their followers, yet they can't make a turn.

If you’re driving on a four-lane roadway and make a turn, you should be in the same lane as when you started the turn. That is, if you start in the left lane, you should be in the left lane when you’ve completed your turn. Likewise when making a right turn.

This concept is lost on most area drivers.

They begin in the left lane to make a left turn. Somewhere in process, their TomTom loses power.

When they’ve completed their turn, they’re in the right lane.

The situation’s the same when they’re making a right turn. They begin in the right lane, start to make the turn, and somehow finish in the left lane.

Hello. Is it that much work to turn the steering wheel?

Good luck trying that in Green Bay, Milwaukee or Chicago. You’d be toast.

My question is: Where did these people learn to drive? Do they even realize they’re a traffic hazard? Do they ever get ticketed for their actions?

While we’re wondering, the marketing sense of most local musicians has me scratching my head.

YouTube and Facebook are all the rage. These sights are a boon to musician-wanna-bees.

Local garage bands, God love ‘em, are posting their pictures, song lists, videos of themselves playing at local clubs in hopes of making it big. A few thousand “hits” and they’ll be on Saturday Night Live — if only the producers knew who they were.

When we put together our local Entertainment/TV Preview magazine each week, we peruse these sights to catch the next rising stars.

And lo and behold, we’ll find a great band that’s featured at a local nightclub. Unfortunately, we don’t know who they are, where they’re from, or even if they have names. They’ve got flashy websites and Facebook pages with lots of fans, but they don’t bother to list their names.

The Nameless Faces, perhaps?

Hey musicians, get with the program.

If you want people to know who you are, say so. Post your pictures, and tell your fans who’s in the pictures. Tell us who plays what instrument, where you’re from and who sings what.

Don’t be shy. Heck, you’re in a band.

If you need help, pick up a copy of the Beatles first U.S. album. You may have heard of them.

Meet the Beatles lists the band members, which instruments they played, and who sang the songs. What a concept.

It seemed to work.

Why not give it a try?



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