Of course, at the beginning it was very quiet here. Nobody had ever heard of the Sierra Madre Tattler, and there wasn't much in the way of a marketing budget to get the word out. Besides blogging, for a variety of reasons that I ought to dig into some day, had kind of worn out its welcome in Sierra Madre. And this wasn't exactly what people were looking for.
But hard work solves most problems, and we just kept plugging away. Day after day we posted new articles, convinced that if The Tattler kept at it long enough, people would start to show up. And then, somehow, things began to slowly change.
And so, to celebrate this momentous milestone, we are going to repost the very first article ever written for The Tattler. Along with the 3 comments it attracted. It remains in many ways the mission statement of this place. And I can promise you this one thing, we are just getting started. Whether you were here at the beginning, or joined up somewhere along the way, thank you for your participation and support. Because in the end it's all about you. People can still make a big difference in this town, and you are doing that everyday. Thank you!
Sir Eric Maundry, against better advice, has decided to start a blog.
Oftentimes Sir Eric has regretted that there really are not all that many opportunities for posting news and opinion in our quaint hillside town. A gentleman known for the vigor of his opinions and his seemingly unquenchable desire to share them, Sir Eric has long felt that a venue for discussion is sorely needed here. Once a hotbed for the bloggly arts, Sierra Madre has seen the disappearance of just about anything approaching the form.
Sure there's 91024's sporadically active A View From The Canyon, but beyond discussing our occasionally life-threatening weather there just isn't all that much going on. Then there is Bill Coburn's rather chipper Sierra Madre News Net. Heavy on the "Lite" news, but can you find much there dealing with the more important City issues? No, not really. And besides, the only commenting Bill invites is on his attached blog, a modestly attended place where gushing about local talking head TV ladies from Eyewitless News infotainment broadcasts seems to be all the rage. Hail Hamilton has an interesting site, and we certainly do enjoy reading his cogent and sometimes idiosyncratic observations. But that is about it! Political strategies changed, and those who once so freely fomented on them packed up their blogs and went home to reconsider the rather disturbing errors of their ways.
But none of this is an adequate excuse for starting a blog, and certainly we shouldn't want to repeat any of the errors of our town's recent past.
Of course, this little burgh still has plenty of places you can go to see past mistakes in action. One look at the ecological disaster zone known as One Carter should be proof enough that common sense and civic concern are not always the first priority of our fair city or those comprising its governance. Or perhaps the bemused frippery of the most underused "recreation area" in the San Gabriel Valley, Goldberg Park, will trigger such reflections in you. And then, of course, there was that "Downtown Specific Plan" that so much of our money was squandered upon. You know, the one that Joe Mosca became so "distraught" about upon learning that it would actually be shared with us, you know, the great unwashed whose tax dollars were so needlessly spent to concoct it?
The overweening presumptions of the bureaucratic personality type always do have the power to astonish this observer.
And so, in the spirit of bad moves and things we should have known enough to avoid, allow me to welcome you to The Sierra Madre Tattler, Sierra Madre's first new blog in the glowing new era that started a week or two ago. or last month. We plan to discuss things that others refuse to consider (i.e. anything that does not fit the pre-approved agendas of the more established information venues here, you know, like cookie store openings in Arcadia, or the dyspeptic opinions of realty owners), and hopefully provoke the kinds of colorful conversations this city has long been famous for. Because that is what we do, right? There is no town quite like Sierra Madre, for so very many reasons, and free-ranging discussion of our local politics is certainly one of the reasons we love it so.
Welcome to the intellectual air and with that, a musical postcard to kick off the event...
December 13, 2008 7:18 AM
Your Host said...
Thank you for posting this. I often enjoy yodeling myself and just don't get much encouragement to do so. It might be interesting if the patrons at Lucky Baldwins were offered free beers in exchange for yodeling. Couldn't be much worse than what you hear in there on any other given night.
December 13, 2008 9:54 PM
@ Lisa can you throw a halfer at aspiring yodelers? It may be add some ambience to the joint or at least make people laugh a bit, which we all need, my Dear, what do you say?
December 16, 2008 6:49 PM