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KONK REACTOR column
[Published in the KONK Life newspaper on January 3, 2013.]
Journey Through The Past
Happy New Year and all that jazz…. Wow, 2013! Far out. Early Beatlemania is now longer ago than all of WWI was in those days. Time marches on… Hey, while in the retro mindset, I think I’ll look over my last year of KONK Life columns (about 18,000 words-worth)….
After introducing myself, I quickly jumped into Key West local issues with a warning about the ill effects of widening our ship channel to support bigger cruise ships. This issue ended up so hot that our City Commission punted it back to the voters, which will happen this coming year. Note that in a later column I clarified that we need not fear the ships themselves…
Other local-issue columns detailed impacts from new State-level support for increasing development (now playing out with big box stores, higher density on Perry Court, etc), with local criminal justice and with homeless affairs. I returned several times to Bahama Village, with full columns on the City’s neglect of facilities there and with the mistreatment of Village crusader Norma Jean Sawyer. Parts of other columns focused on the Truman Waterfront property once assigned to the BCCLT, and defended Commissioner Lopez for his position on the use of that property.
I jumped on opportunities to respond in partial columns to issues (some thoughtful, some idiotic) raised in the “The Voice”, such as: what is Pickleball? Why can’t people live in their cars? Is the “Ugly Coyote” coming? Why shouldn’t boats be stored on the street? Why not let jet skis go where they want? Aren’t those Duck vehicles too big? And the one that fires me up the most: Was any thought put into the North Roosevelt project?
I also looked at issues on a national scale, with columns involving the Presidential election (wary of an America under Romney), on the misguided movement toward Charter Schools and with the increasing display of the “Rebel Flag” in some areas. These invoke a marked resentment from me and a lot of other people.
I took the time to look inward last year. I described what it was like to get your first haircut in ten years. I bid farewell to the Democratic Party as I fully embraced my inner Green. I waxed poetic on the greatest dog that ever lived. And I solicited readers to assist me in finding a “real job”. (Unfortunately that last one is still hanging out in the wind – please contact me if you have any ideas…)
Also on the personal front -–but truly a local story – was my series on The Beast. I detailed in my own words the story from a few years ago when I serendipitously encountered a madman at Southard and William who was determined to remove the head of a three year old girl. I also looked at his background, and what has happened since that fateful day. (Note that story continues this week, in the Freeman Justice Center.)
Not all of my columns were so serious, or covered such significant topics. Gump-style, my column’s a box of chocolates. You may have gotten the one where I did an Andy Rooney imitation, for instance. Or the one where I returned to my Geek Speak roots with a column on mobile music. Or where I provided updates on our Island’s displaced icons (Cookie Lady, Iguana Girl, etc). Or where I shined a light on Nerd Culture. Or one of my most fervent crusades: the campaign to get Crazy Horse into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
That, my friends, was 2012 — my first full year of writing for anyone. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you missed any of it, check it out at the link at the top.
Looking forward to Lucky 13!
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