Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Our Kids Are Somewhat "Just Average"

On November 13 "A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor" will be at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The show will start at 5:45 Pm to allow the senior audience time to get home for bedtime.

We find it interesting that local activist (some say gadfly) Ed Slavin bears a remarkable resemblance to the spooky voiced Keillor. Put a fright wig on Garrison and you would see the similarities right off. With both of these personalities, we find that we can take them in small doses only and the City Commission obliges by giving Ed his three minutes to present his opinions while they sit stone faced behind their communal desk. Ed sometimes throws in a colloquial, Y'all reckon"!, but other than that the oral delivery by these two men is quite different

Keillor, on the other hand presents his folksy show that is leaning more and more toward presenting Appalachian based musicians with more tales of Lake Woebegon than we can handle. Many of us would have moved from Lake Woebegon years before. A description of a boring town with it's "colorful" characters like the guy who can't find the ingredients to Moo Goo Gai Ding anywhere in Woebegon can only go so far. We give him credit for coming up with mildly fun stories and sometimes even serious tales with a moralistic viewpoint. He and his crew have been doing this for 36 years.

We can predict that the crowd will be very polite, well dressed and reefer use will be down compared to the "The Flaming Lips" concert. Security can relax a little but keep the defibrillator handy.

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