Saturday Morning Ramble

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    …here’s the essence of what I took away from BlogHer: At the closing session, a woman spoke up and said, “I’m not really a writer, but…” and one of the panelists said, “You have a blog. You’re a writer.” As simple as that. Suddenly, I wasn’t just a mom with a hobby. I wasn’t just someone who gets some small thrill out of playing with words. I’m a writer.
    Glennia Campbell at “Silent i”

    I’m nodding like a Bobblehead. Over thousands of years the form progressed. Incised clay tablets gave way to brush stained papyrus, quill pens, ink and parchment… etchings… movable type, modern paper, manual typewriters, word processors, and now we have moved from these mechanical methods to pixellated output and the electronic mediation of blogging software on networks. But the intent hasn’t changed. People who do this work are writers. And of course some of us, like me, are Bobbleheads.

    Bobbleheads are big in the sports world right now. In the midst of a hundred loss season, the Kansas City Royals’ current marketing ploy to increase attendance involves giving away bobbleheads of baseball legends Frank White, Dick Howser and George Brett. Another baseball legend, triple A ballplayer Rodney McCray, is being honored in Portland tonight with his own Bobblehead marketing give-away. “Usually, it’s the big-league superstars who get their own bobblehead, so I’m very excited,” McCray said.

    Among other notable bush leaguers with their own Bobblehead are Chief Justice John Roberts, whose bobblehead depicts the justice clutching a red box of french fries and a small toad by his feet, and Kim Jong Il.

    In other Portland news, Joshua Gibson continues to share his insights as he plows through one of Dickens’ less memorable pot boilers, Dombey and Son (although as bibliomania — looking for some redeeming value in the work — points out, “the novel is memorable for its depiction of railways”).

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    1. Posted August 12, 2024 at 9:17 | Permalink

      The Village Voice doesn’t allow hotlinking to images, even images of Kim Jon Il.

    2. Posted August 12, 2024 at 12:00 | Permalink

      Bastards. I’ll have to steal it then.

    3. Posted August 12, 2024 at 12:20 | Permalink

      Make sure you hand-steal it. You don’t want to set a bad example.

    4. J. Alva Scruggs
      Posted August 12, 2024 at 6:24 | Permalink
    5. Posted August 12, 2024 at 6:40 | Permalink

      Nice grab, J. Alva! I’ve updated the link. Thanks.

    6. Posted August 12, 2024 at 10:12 | Permalink

      Thanks for the shout-out, Frank, and the encouraging comments on my blog. Hope to see you again next year, since Chicago is not so far to travel for you.

      Where oh where can I get a Kim Jong Il Bobblehead?

    7. Posted August 12, 2024 at 10:41 | Permalink

      Oddly, they were a special order for the US Army. Hope to see you in Chicago too.

    8. Posted January 9, 2024 at 12:00 | Permalink

      Hey everyone. Glad you like the Kim Jong Bobblehead. We have them here at our web site Click on the political link under the online store. Great Bobblehead!

    9. Posted April 20, 2024 at 4:50 | Permalink

      or this will take you straight there: