So yesterday I took a day off work to kick-off my speaking tour about this blog and why in the past year 350,000 pages have been read. And I mentioned that with the filming having finished I still have 2500 unique readers a week . . . reading about Columbus. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
When I was asked to give a short speech or whatever at the Columbus Businessmen Roundtable (I actually did not see a roundtable which sort of disconcerted me and I feel it should be called The Columbus Businessmen Range as I felt I should be cooking something when behind the stove.)
So where was I.
I was asked and I agreed knowing that I would wake up from the dream and all would be well and no real talking would be involved. Thursday morning still in my dream state I walk into Red Bud Home Services and the place is packed and Steve Sobiek is telling me this is the most people they have ever had (this was more due to Lynnette Scharf's amazing bakery goods).
So Nancy Osterhaus the current and former Mayor comes up and says "Rod you look really nervous here is a tip . . . make sure you breath out" which I wasn't nervous until just that moment when she said it. It was at that point when I started to realize I actually might have to say something.
Introductions were done including a representatives from Enterprise Rent a Car More then our Logo is Green, Rent Green Today who looks like they will be moving into Columbus and a rep from Frank Porth Chevrolet-Buick Inc Good People to Turn To! who sounded like she watches a little to much NASCAR (a little advertising mixed in the introduction . . . not that that is a bad thing and I think I'll have to incorporate something like that in my introduction).
And then it comes to me. I stand up and I quickly realize I have been breathing out for the last 10 minutes without breathing in at all. My lungs have totally collapsed and I can only mouth my first three sentences, and those were all of my intro jokes to loosen up the tough looking crowd.
Once I start taking breaths all that I can remember are squeaks, whistles and pops coming out of my mouth and I feel I'm losing the crowd. Relax Relax breath IN.
So I started talking about how I started blogging and it all started in kindergarten (which is a German word meaning Children's Garden - did you know that Friedrich Fröbel opened the first kindergarten on 28 June 1840 to mark the four hundredth anniversary of Gutenberg's invention of movable type. Yea- YOU connect the dots on that one).
I worked my way up to Junior High and I mentioned that I made money by selling cinnamon laced toothpicks and all of a sudden I see prominent business people including the City Administrator Boyd Kraemer nodding their heads like they knew what I was talking about. I suddenly realized I had hit the dark underbelly side of Columbus and the TruthInColumbusPolitics, who were in the crowd, would be writing all of this down and taking notes for their next email smearing campaign.
Of course as soon as I realized TCIP was in attendance I also realized my new campaign was in trouble as they had already called my blog a bunch of "mumble jumble" and that the Public Enemies Columbus blog was in "buffoon territory" (I'm not seeing THAT connection at all and I don't know what they are talking about. Everything I do is serious).
So I went on and on and I started seeing people nodding off and looking at their watches and the questions coming my way were all How much longer are you going to talk and can you pass some of those donuts around. So I wrapped it up and people came forward thanking me for stopping and shaking my hand.
It was fun.
So - speaking about the TruthsInColumbusPolitics site. I contacted them a few days ago and asked if they were going to go after the new Mayor as I hoped they would. It would only be the fair thing to do right? After all politics does not stop once Nancy Osterhaus has left the building. My words were
"SO, do you have a real website that will watch the new people or are you only anti Nancy Osterhaus. I PRAY XXXX will not win - the guy scares a lot of people - XXXX will be ok. XXXX is a step backward into buffoon territory."
Perhaps I had let my emotions sneak in and I apologize for that. But the debate, strangely, was put on by the anti Nancy website. So inquiring minds wanted to know what the truth really was.
I seemed to have struck a nerve with the people afraid to show themselves (yet everyone knows who they are - why hide, seems childish doesn't it???). There response was
Looks to us like XXXX XXXX must have scared ### people to vote for him! He must be doing something right! One might say your blog is like a step backward into buffoon territory, or is that your home brew talking? (WHAT? MY HOME BREW CAN TALK???) You know your blog and politics don't mix at all, you should just stick to the public enemies mumble jumble. Of 971 votes Osterhaus only mustered up 108! Maybe you should think about that for awhile instead of worrying about our website.
hmmmmmm - shiver me timbers on that one. Don't worry about hurting my feelings as my feelings actually regenerate at twice the speed of the typical Columbus resident. I'm thinking they are saying I could be voted off the Island. They are using the Rod Blagojevich defense "I've done nothing wrong - history will prove it" defense.
All I can say is that if they go after the new Mayor I will apologize. But it's odd how they have sort of packed up the site the day after their guy wins. I guess they are no longer concerned with Columbus Politics. Weird ain't it.
Perhaps I'll try to grab their domain name on July 26th if they are no longer using it.
OK - enough of that stirring the pot. You would think they would have a greater sense of humor. They manipulated and they won. Well done.
NOTE - Lips has commented that I should not put a lot of stock in what I just wrote. So - - read it and weep.
This just in 3:00
conspiracy theorists are speculating that the we may be able to see the first ‘Public Enemies‘ footage during the upcoming Oscar telecast.
To spice things up and combat declining ratings, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced an end to a long-standing ban on playing movie advertisements during their Oscar night. Producers of the awards show recently asked the studios and others to provide scenes from future films. Supposedly, the plan is for host Hugh Jackman to sign off the broadcast with never-before-seen 10-second clips of two dozen new movies that will run on a split screen with the end credits.
Some are thinking that ’Public Enemies‘ could be one of those films, but only time will tell. Looks like some of us may have more than just the red carpet fashions to look forward to on awards night.
old stuff that "lips" has discounted.
Public Enemies. The rumors are adding up and as one person in contact with me says he has raised the Rumor to Real percent up to 38%.
A few things. Remember when we discovered the thousands of photos of all the locations in Wisconsin that Universal was looking at? Many of them were labeled "publicenemies1".
Then in Oshkosh one of the "B" actors signed an autograph blah blah PE2. When asked about the "2" he laughed and off offhandedly mumbled "for the sequel." I first mentioned this April 13 2008.
Now remember "lips are Sealed" has mentioned twice about BIG news and now I have a report that BIG news = sequel. This would have to be something in the Karpis-Baker Gang area. Again - I REPEAT - just putting pieces of the puzzle together. Still missing 970 of the 1000 pieces though.
Just something to think about. I hope the new Mayor is not closed minded and will allow Universal to film here again if needed.
Well - enough for today.
Have a snowy and cold weekend - I think Melanie of the Cowgirl Column in the Pioneer will be happy (she is a snow person).