cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
It is difficult, at best, to process information and understand whatever bias one might've injected. There may be bias or it might be imagined. The bias, if present, could be caused by the processor or it could have been injected into the process itself through the data gathering effort.
There is a certain tone, a certain something that seems to be going on in our fair community. We have had political change, but it is hard to determine if that was a cause or an effect, or maybe a combination of those drivers. We have an aging volunteer community that may foretell of more changes. For example, will there cease to be a Mai Fest in a year or two or three given the fact that many of the organizers and behind-the-scenes drivers are getting almost too old to continue on their chosen pathways.
There are the rumors that one hears and there may or may not be truth, to whatever degree hindsight will prove, but those rumors have gained in intensity and show no signs of diminishing. Again, that may be a bias that I've injected or that has been provided knowingly or unknowingly by the people involved in the process.
There is the sense that the school bonding issue, if brought back with no change, and if not thoroughly 'vetted' in public, will be a disaster.
There is the presidential race that will continue to confuse and confound us all until November. There is the state senate race that will continue to elicit feelings, pro and con, about each candidate. There is the assembly vacancy that will likely have candidates from both major parties, but that is yet to unfold.
My sense is that we are witnesses to something that will unfold over the course of months and, maybe, years. I sense what some might refer to as a watershed. But I have not been able to pin down anything of sufficient substance as of yet to begin to draw conclusions. All I have are feelings and yet those are giving me the sense that there is something on our collective horizon that we'll look back on for years to come.
You know how the hairs on the back of your neck sort of stand up? What do you think?