There’s a certain timbre in the coffee shop this morning. Porcelain colliding with wood, with more porcelain. Hushed voices. Whispers mixing with the steam of hot coffee rising.
As I glance back over my shoulder, I think of 2017. I see a mental billboard – a roadside advertisement featuring the famous bad boys. The lineup of naked egos exposed in their full self-glorification.
Some courting felonies, some hoping for misdemeanors.
It was a year of cause and belated effect.
It was the truth of existence in operation, and a multitude of us watched with consciousness and remembrance of our own battles with the many flavors of abuse.
It was the year that Newton’s third law was made apparent to all.
It was a moment of satisfaction for me.
And to those celebrated offenders, I say: “Bye Bye Boys. You’ve had your day. Now it’s time to go away.”
For all the unknown, the unexposed – may you wrestle with you consciences, have tea with your demons, and learn your lessons profoundly.
I am cordially indifferent to your individual plights.
I have only one sorrowful loss in this whole mess: Garrison Keillor. He’s been my inspiration and a source of cynical, wickedly humorous Americana entertainment since 1980.
I’m angry that his fictional small-town tales and homey music have been removed from the terrestrial radio waves and the intergalactic currents.
Radio theatre is a dying art, as is impromptu storytelling. I want the best to remain for as long as possible.
So desperate was I to find a replacement, I searched Podcasts and settled on “Welcome To Night Vale.” It seemed like a strong contender until I reached the episode of the three vomiting dogs.
Too rude, crude, and unattractively graphic for my taste. I unsubscribed.
Now, I’m back to the eloquent emptiness Garrison left behind.
And my anger deepens. I don’t know if it’s directed more at him or at Minnesota Public Radio. It’s a selfish and selective anger – Yes.
I want my small-town fantasy safely back on the radio each week, while I want him to scurry along and correct his wrongdoing.
Just get it right, Mr. Keillor. You’re an Anglican, a man of fair faith and intelligent virtue.
Just get it right with the Lord and get back on the airwaves.
From all of us at the coffee shop . . . we thirst for your witty gossip, disguised as provincial-minded chatter, to stimulate our decaffeinated minds.
One smart conversation begets another. And soon we can again have a community of cafe culture that enlivens the imagination.
I raise my cup of mocha chai to you. I need this gift restored.