Author: Judd, Brooks

Ten Items or Less

Item 1:
From the Associated Press in Stockholm: A seemingly drunk Swedish moose found stuck in a tree:

Per Johansson, 45, says he heard a roar from his vacationing neighbor’s garden in southwestern Sweden late Tuesday and went to have a look. There, he found a female moose kicking about in the tree. The animal was likely drunk from eating fermented apples. Those Swedes have all the fun.

Item 2: The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival was last week and 99 9/10 % of the folks loved it. As usual it was a HUGE success. Some of you may remember my column last year that predicted that this festival may just be too good, too eclectic, too free, and too wonderful to continue.Not everyone is excited and enjoys this festival. Here is a letter to the editor that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday. This person is not a happy camper.

John McLaren did not create Golden Gate Park so that it could be rented out like a $2 (*&%(#) . The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and Outside Lands concerts are so appalling they are down-right criminal.

Miles of chain-link fence are smashed into the ground, crushing bushes and flowers. For a week, the birds and animals who live in the park are severely restricted in their search for food and water. They are then blasted to smithereens with eardrum-splitting music until 10 P.M.

I don’t know how the families on Fulton Street endure these days of pure hell---I live three blocks from the madness, and I had to leave town.

Shame on Warren Hellman for indulging his fantasies by taking over the park and putting up chain-link fences, an entry gate that looked like a reject from the “Jurassic Park” prop room and selling “merchandise” and blasting the music right into my house.

This is wrong on so many levels. The city must rethink its willingness to sell the park’s soul to two egomaniacal rich guys who think they are heroes .Please let the park be the serene, green respite from urban blight like it was meant to be. Linda Miller, San Francisco

So what do you CBA folks think?

Item 3: I see that the CBA is advertising for a couple of welcome column writers. You know there are a lot of folks out there who jam every week, attend every festival, and participate in everything that is BLUEGRASS Wouldn’t writing about all these great experiences be a rewarding fulfilling experience?
Here are b.judd’s Top Ten Reasons you should become a monthly welcome column columnist:

10: Your own byline.

9. You can have a nome de plume.

8. You can get an inside look at what makes the CBA tick.

7. Possible back stage passes at the Fathers Day Festival.

6. A very private, elite, jam for the welcome columnists held at Camp Cornish Friday night at Father’s Day Festival.

5. A fancy name tag that you can wear and keep.

4. An opportunity to drop a few columnist names at your next jam.

3. Free drinks.

2. You get to use big words.

1. Groupies!

Until November: read a book, hug a child, pet a dog, stroke a cat, and enjoy each day.

Posted:  10/7/2011

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