Hurray for Summer Jam

Shawn Magrath

Only two more days until the first Chenango Summer Jam. I’d like to go on the record as saying it sounds like it’s going to be awesome. Some great bands lined up, including one with one of the best names ever: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. I’m really looking forward to it.

So is there an “off” switch to Mitt Romney or do we really have to wait for his battery life to run out before he stops talking? With someone that dull and emotionless, it seems like there would be a way to shut him down for a little while and let him cool off, or at least reboot him without calling a technical support hotline. On Wednesday, he said Olympic reports in London are “disconcerting,” which of course he clarified today to actually mean: “After being here a couple days, it looks to me like London is ready.” True, the whole thing is just blown out of context (just like when he said he likes to fire people), but still, questioning the city’s capability to host the Olympics while your in it? That’s gutsy, like pushing the self-destruct button. Romney’s actions have inspired this year’s newest Olympic event, pulling your foot out of your own mouth.

There’s a lot of ridicule out there about all the hype surrounding yesterday’s storm in Chenango County that “never happened” (I’m talking to you “Woman from Norwich”). The storm, however, did devastate nearby counties, and as was said by forecasters throughout the day yesterday, it’s difficult to predict the exact course of such weather patterns (even the local weather man doesn’t have a crystal ball). When it comes to heavy rain, hail, high winds and tornados, I’d much rather be over prepared than underprepared (then again, if Dorothy had as much a warning as we did, there wouldn’t have been a movie).

Far be it from me to usually complain (I swear that’s true), but why does it feel like Norwich has more blind intersections than anyplace else on earth? My apologies to all three drivers I almost pulled out in front of today (except lady driving the blue Chevy. I know I was at fault, and I couldn’t really hear what you said, but that stare almost set me ablaze and you were talking way too fast for it to be anything good).