First, let me state that the P-G does not pay me ONE SINGLE TINY CENT and never has.
So, remember this post way back when? That post ignited a bit of an email fight between Dennis Roddy and me regarding, well, I’ll keep that between me and Dennis.
So at that time several years ago, I was all, “Holy crap, who is this uppity uppity journalist who wouldn’t know a sense of humor if it ran up to him and slammed a cream pie into his uppity face?”
Bloop bloop bloop to now and Dennis Roddy and I are regular email buddies and have been for some time now. He shares stories with me about his family, his life, and his thoughts on everything from teachers to chili. You remember he wrote my “obituary” when I closed The Burgh Blog down.
Over the last few years, some of his private emails to me have been so eloquent and so perfect that I have often encouraged him to start a blog to give himself a slice of real estate to say the things he doesn’t get to say at the P-G.
Well, finally the P-G agrees with me because they gave Dennis his own blog on PG+ (pronounced [click] [clock] [cloak clock] in that clicky African language), and in addition to two excellent posts, Dennis’ first video is up, a send-up called Eve of Construction, about the construction nightmare in this city. In it, this man who reminds me of the kind of person you might see muttering to a flock of sheep in Ireland or standing in front of a room of teenagers teaching them the finer points of Shakespeare, sings and dances and it is fall down funny.
Now, it’s on the Plus side, so I can’t link you over there unless you’ve subscribed, and if you haven’t, this video is worth the price of admission. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics and a few screen caps of my favorite parts. Dennis wrote, filmed and produced this entire thing.
We’re 40 years on
and the Parkway’s still a project
You finally reach the Hilton
And you say ‘hey, what’s that object?’
The North Shore connector
Will soon reunite us
But for now it’s just a trench
And the cost came back to bite us
That last screencap there, all Dennis needs are some scantily clad background girls with wads of cash in their clevage and he’s a veritable rap star.
The entire thing had me in tears, particularly Dennis’s line that I think we can all relate to: “If I could find a politician, I would punch him in the nose.”
I choose the Dread Lord. Now you pick one.