Jay Cronley: Tulsa's the meeting place for busywork
BY JAY CRONLEY World Staff Columnist
Friday, November 30, 2012
11/30/12 at 3:27 AM
Today we need to think about something that is at once hilarious and mortifying, a subject that is simultaneously confusing and uproarious. Hang on a second, be right back - some busy work has to be done first.
The local food bank, and other charitable organizations that try nonstop to feed the hungry, are running low on funds. The face of those needing food is getting younger by the week. You can tell at a glance which kids need a solid meal. They're frowning.
So it's time to set aside some sacks of food and bags of clothing.
Now, where were we?
We who are nicknameless: Oh, yeah. This city is looking for a slogan or a nickname that would elevate it about the big easies and cities of brotherly love of the world.
The mayor has called upon task forces to assist in conjuring up a catchy and inspiring vision.
Why do we need a slogan or a nickname?
Perhaps since Vision2 was beaten like a Christmas drum, there's little else to do over at City Hall. As a possible matter of fact, this slogan/nicknaming business sounds like something that came from one of the original Vision2 task forces that is looking for a task to force.
Unfortunately, bad nicknames and slogans run toward the depressing. Things such as "Tulsa's Cool, Understand What I'm Saying?" are apt to crop up like overcooked poems in a diary.
Thinking up stuff is a creative endeavor. Chumps can't do it. Only talented people can do it.
Evidently it was thought that the right slogan would create a mood that would look inviting to people with jobs to fill. Going by suggestions I've seen, prospective business leaders would take one look at our slogans and nicknames and head for Taiwan.
Old cities don't get new nicknames, anyway.
The last halfway decent nickname was Frontierland.
Feeling the force: Wait a minute.
This might be something.
It was hidden in plain sight, which is how many of the greatest ideas come to pass - accidentally.
Tulsa: Task Force Capital of the World.
This could be a bigger draw than the bubble bath running through San Antonio.
Can you imagine the thousands of people who would come here to learn how to organize and form committees and meet and meet and meet over the smallest thing?
They would travel from all over the globe to learn how to stay busy and spend time without appearing foolish, the essentials of political leadership.
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