Monday, February 20, 2012

Every Night Is Comedy Night In Rockford, Illinois (Poem Photo)

When you live in Forbes' ninth most dangerous city you either learn to adapt to the limitations of the place you live in, or you become bitter and cynical about everything. Fortunately, the Chamber of Commerce here in Rockford, Illinois, while not very good at attracting business to the Downtown area, turns out to be quite good at comedy. My favorite kind of comedy: the kind derived from others' absolute obliviousness to the context of language and the fact that words have meanings. This banner, on the East State Bridge, is still hanging. It is number two of the four Poem Photo series. Every night is comedy night in Rockford, Illinois.

Recently, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors's Bureau unleashed their latest brainchild.... the Misery Loves Company Campaign. If it were just an instance of a private company spending a lot of money to create a tone-deaf public relations campaign, that would be none of my business, but when this bureau over and over creates moronic campaign, not realizing words have meanings, and wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax payer money, someone should step in an stop them. It's not funny. 

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