Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ER #19: Fluffy Speech

City Hall Elevator Rumblings #19

Rider #1: Will you handle my duties for a couple days? I’ll be out of the office attending a seminar.

Rider #2: Neat. Going to Las Vegas or San Francisco this time?

Rider #1: Hardly. The Capo is steamed over the Dean Deal article in the DMN* and all the folks who are clamoring for documentable information on what this consultant has really provided. I will be attending the two-day seminar on Remedial Spin and Obfuscation in Waxahachie. I thought all my responses about the ‘benefits’ obtained from spending $1.3 each year and ‘not taking credit’ were so nebulous that even the “little people” would believe this was a good deal for the city. Do you know how difficult it is to ‘get your arms around’ a bale of cotton candy?

Rider #2: I know what you mean. Instead of ‘provoking discussion’ you managed to let some worms escape from the 4th floor and council chambers. Sure glad I’m not going to have to justify all the fluff and puff that this contract actually generates. Although, I would like to be on the nosh circuit and trip manifest that all those folks enjoy.

Rider #1: Hopefully, the more eloquent ‘spinners’ on the council (Cannaday, Stopfer, Santoscoy and Philipp) will save the day and things will be back to normal in a couple months. I’m growing weary of trying to catch all the pointed spears aimed at the city council and Capo who again managed not to be part of the discussion or article. How does he do that?

Rider #2: Easy. That’s why he has you at the front of the line!

* DMN article:

A note from counsel: These “candid” elevator conversations have been injected with fabricated nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, adverbs, modifiers and maybe a few dangling participles….Mark Holbrook