Hubbard: We’re in this togetherWritten by Ian Hubbard | | email@example.com
I figure it’s about time to let y’all in on what I have planned here. Might be of interest to at least a couple of ya. Nothing too heavy, nothing out of the ordinary … yet.
Presenting the Toledo we all step on and around.
Having a life or not knowing every single person you meet isn’t something to really be blamed for – so this ain’t pointing the finger at nobody. All I wanna do is tell a few stories and take a chance on somebody.
Nobody of what you would consider stature – a face amongst the many we may view between rise and sleep.
Bartenders, meat cutters, gas station clerks, the homeless and the bums, line cooks (if they’ll let me back there!), barflies, stage performers, mission volunteers and the like. You know they all have stories.
I know for a fact Pat the Bartender has some stories. He’s told me most of them as the clock ticked away and my glass kept emptying. The man is a sultry yet leathery 60-whatever year old ex-alkie with a ragged attitude and a Captain Kangaroo haircut. Around Old Orchard, he’s part fact and part myth. But he’s All Man.
Then there are the gracious women of Store #24. They are the haggard broads whom I love so dearly, or at least fake it well. There’s Pat, Barb, Mary, Michelle and Whatever-that-chick’s-name-is-who-works-second-shift. I know from working with them (except for the last lady) that they can gossip with the best. Heheheheheheh.
These people make the city turn, however rusty the turn is. Every one of ya has to admit that, without them, our lives would be off. We’d have to fend for ourselves. And what a tragic mistake that would be.
2.) there is a press for more eclectic stories on the local and definitely the national level. Even alternative media misses the chance or puts their hooks too deep into a running issue.
Granted, ISIS, gay marriage, free speech and whatever the mass outbreak of the moment is are all very pertinent stories, but there is a boatload of others with equal measure. Some out of interest, others out of concern.
It won’t be all brimstone, either. Having stepped back even further from the scene than I previously transcribed, there has been more delight found in researching which scant headlines to take on whereas before was riddled with dread. Expect a wide range of emotions, like Frank’s giant mache head.
There will be the heavy subjects such as Foreign Policy, Food and Water Safety, the Elections – the ones I’ve been chasing and want to bring to you. Every once in a while, maybe slide in something what our good folks are up to in our backyard to tip the scale.
Then, the volume level has to be dropped and the soap box retired (at least for the night). We always have to keep in mind the good things in life. Yeah, I know it sounds sappy and damn it if it ain’t. A few non-sequiters always help.
3.) Some color commentary has to be offered. We all enjoy a good spiel about the crazy shit that happens on the daily or the little things that bother the hell out of us. Some random banter gives the blood pressure a nice boost.
So. There it is. Let’s see where it goes.
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