Off The Record Post-Mortem
You notice that the word “The” is capitalized above. This is a joke by Dennis Roddy and Company: you see, capitalization of the word “the” is not accepted style! LOL! Or, should I say, LoL!
The use of internet acronyms like above got an inexplicable huge laugh from OTR’s geriatric audience. And old they were: 2politicaljunkies’ dayvoe must have been relieved after his harrowing exposure to teenagers at Bill Richardson’s fish-market stop to find himself in a crowd where his ability to walk without a cane marked him as among the halest and heartiest. Speaking of, I introduced myself to him, to which he responded “oh, okay,” and scurried off. He may have been trying to avoid David Johnson, who was standing nearby and is apparently still on television.
The other inexplicable big hit of the evening was a disturbingly racist sketch about the Hill District. The less said about that the better.
Before the show proper began jokes were delivered by Ken Rice, who apparently is also still on television, and Dan Onoroto. Both had funny jokes. Rice’s delivery was fantastic, Onoroto’s surprisingly poor. The great questions raised by the county exec’s delivery, which featured his face buried in his notes and the top of his head pointed squarely at the audience, were: Is that guy a monk? Or does his hair just grow like that? Couldn’t his hairdresser come up with a way to make his head look less tonsured?
The unparalleled highlight of the show was Council President Doug Shields as Pirates owner Bob Nutting delivering a lengthy speech in a “Pirate accent,” which sounded like equal parts Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Spanish, West Indian and drunken slurring, while executing a 360-degree wide-legged scurry that called to mind a meth-head crab in a basket.
Meanwhile, the mayoral candidates were having a serious debate across town, which Ravenstahl attended, there being no sporting events to interfere. They both agreed that development is good, and further each agreed that his opponent is an asshole. Luke conclusively lost my vote by committing this sin against the English language: “Myself and the county executive have been meeting regularly with the organizations in the Hill District” and this one: “I’ll put my one-year record against any mayor previously.”
Mark said he would mandate LEED green building standards for the North Side casino, which falls short of my proposal to mandate blowing it up with a cruise missile as soon as construction is complete, but I suppose is a step in the right direction. Luke correctly pointed out that the mayor has no power to do that. Ann Belser pointed out that she was missing Off The Record for this crap. Call it a draw.