This post will not mean much to readers who don’t live in the Lehigh Valley, but to those of you who do, maybe you can relate.
The first annoyance is also the reason I am making this post. I had big plans this weekend, they included a yoga workshop, a school function, and a number of other outings around town. As of 1 o’clock today – all but one had been cancelled. Mind you, as of 1 o’clock, there was no snow anywhere within 50 miles of me or any of my plans, just a forecast for snow and a bunch of bored newscasters with nothing better to do than predict the apocalypse in what CNN is calling a “deadly, epic storm.” Its currently 9:37, and my Friday plans would have, in fact, been over by now, had they not been cancelled – and I have yet to see a single snowflake coming down outside my window. Instead, with nothing to do, I have been reading online news… never a good way to start the weekend.
I’m also annoyed that local animal-torturer and major polluter of North Whitehall Township David Jaindl successfully blackmailed Lower Macungie Township into letting him develop his agricultural-preservation land near Alburtis. This is a prime example of how regional planning could benefit municipalities, so that they wouldn’t be open to blackmail attempts by jerks like this who exploit the poorly-thought-out land-use laws so often found within growing municipalities.
I’m also annoyed that the City of Allentown went through a rebranding process recently. I’m late on this, I know. Its not that the logo bothers me (though I don’t love it), or that the theme “City Without Limits” bothers me (though I am not on board for that either), it bothers me that there was a) nothing wrong with the old logo & theme of “Rediscover Allentown”, which uh, wasn’t that old and b) of ALL THE THINGS for the Mayor or City Council or any City employee to spend even 5 minutes on, I can think of at least 3000 things I would rather they spend their time on. I know that City Without Limits is supposed to inspire me to think about endless possibility, but it conjures to me a very immediate and visceral image of endless sprawl. Maybe its just me. (Sorry Mike!).
I’m annoyed that I still watch LOST even though this show is not clever, interesting, well-written, or really enjoyable.
It really bothers me that North Whitehall Township Supervisor Jerry Joseph was elected in November, with full disclosure that he is a sane person and opposes Wal-Mart’s attempt to put in a new store on 309, a congested and overwhelmed local road connecting Allentown to points north, and approximately 6 miles away from the 7th street location, and now his fellow supervisors, all idiots IMO, want him to recuse himself from dealing with the issue. Good government, folks.
My last annoyance is a non-local annoyance. I am annoyed by congress. What good is government if it is, by nature, corrupt and filled with corrupt people? Lawrence Lessig has a more thoughtful essay on the matter.
I guess that’s enough of what annoys me for the moment. At least its off my chest. The good news is that my Sunday night plans include dinner at my new favorite restaurant in the LV and I expect to blog extensively about it early next week. Can you guess which restaurant it is?