Alan Rhodes

Midnight Musings

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Being a tormented artistic type, I’m prone to insomnia. On sleepless nights I ponder philosophical issues and write in my journal. During the day I’m so sleep-deprived that I can’t focus sufficiently to produce a column, so when this happens I publish the only thing I’ve got: journal entries. Here are last night’s mental perambulations.

1:12am I shouldn’t browse the internet before bedtime. I’m fuming about a story I just read from the Economic Policy Institute. A working guy here in Bellingham making $25,000 a year pays 12 percent in state and local taxes, while someone making $250,000 pays 3.9 percent. Countries have revolutions over this sort of thing. We should be in the streets with torches and pitchforks. I’m up for it, but I don’t have a torch. I have a flashlight. And I don’t have a pitchfork. A snow shovel is the closest I can come. Well, you work with what you’ve got. Grab your flashlights and snow shovels, comrades, and let’s bring the system down!

1:27am Can’t sleep. Now I’m thinking about the big quake that’s going to hit the Northwest. If the roads are destroyed, essential supplies can’t get through. Restaurants without Sriracha sauce! Espresso bars without coffee! Trader Joe’s emptied of dark chocolate peanut butter cups! I can’t live under those circumstances.

1:39am I must have drifted off. I had a weird dream that was like that classic Luis Bunuel film The Exterminating Angel, where a strange force keeps guests from leaving the house after a dinner party. In my dream I was at Bellingham International Airport and the only airline running was Allegiant. We’d get on the plane and then have to turn back for emergency repairs. It kept happening over and over. Come to think of it, that sounds like Allegiant’s normal operations.

2:01am My grandmother always said that no matter how bad someone is, you can always find at least one nice thing to say about them. I should test that. Charles Manson? OK, he was a pretty good guitarist. Joseph Stalin? Well, he kept his mustache well-groomed. Donald Trump? Donald Trump…. Donald Trump. I guess even Granny was wrong some of the time.

2:18am I think I’m culturally illiterate. I have no idea who the Kardashians are, what they do, or how many of them there might be. I don’t even know why I know there’s something called the Kardashians. Kardashians sounds like the name of an Armenian restaurant. Man, I could really go for a big bowl of Brndzapour right now.

2:32am I’ll be darned, I dozed off again. This time I had a horrible nightmare. I dreamed that Eric Bostrom, Bellingham’s hate-spewing street preacher, was running for county council. Oh, wait, that’s actually true, he is. It’s his third try for an office. It’s like those horror movies where you think the mad slasher is dead at the end of the film but he keeps coming back in the sequels.

2:46am I read somewhere that there are people here who don’t like being referred to as Bellinghamsters or just Hamsters. They think it’s undignified. People who don’t understand how transcendently cool it is to be a Hamster shouldn’t be allowed to live here. That may sound harsh, but it’s a matter of principle.

3:02am I’m wide awake again—but excited. I’ve figured out how to get Doug Ericksen out of the state senate. Doug’s in a safe district where he gets reelected just because he has an “R” after his name. So let’s appeal to his laziness and pay him off. Doug turned down a six-figure job with the EPA when they told him he actually had to show up at the Seattle office and work. He seems content with his $46,000-a-year job in the state senate, where he doesn’t have to do very much. Let’s pay him $60,000 to stay home. Of the 231,000 people in Whatcom County there must be 1,200 of us who will chip in $50 annually to keep Doug home. I’m in for $50. Heck, I’ll go a hundred. Maybe two.

3:23am I have to get some sleep. My Parcheesi Club has a breakfast meeting this morning to discuss strategy for our upcoming tournament with the Sedro-Woolley team, and those guys are animals. I’ll try my old standby, watching recorded Planning Commission meetings on BTV 10.

Ah, yes, getting groggy already. Roll out some more charts and statistics, I’m ready to catch some zzzs.

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Buying Sedro-Woolley

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Hurrahs and Harangues

May 8, 2019

Ranting and Raving

March 6, 2019

Bellingham 2050

February 13, 2019

Looking Backward

January 2, 2019

Joy to the World

December 19, 2018

A Second Spring

October 3, 2018

Dog Days Deliberations

September 12, 2018

Mr. Cranky’s Files

July 11, 2018

Can We Talk?

June 20, 2018

April Fools

April 4, 2018

Rollo and Me

March 7, 2018

Egregious linguistic offenses

February 14, 2018

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Today
Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Bellingham Public Market

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Coffee Brewing Class

2:00pm|Camber Coffee

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Splitboard 101

6:00pm|REI

Sparkling Wines

6:30pm|Cordata Community Food Co-op

Celtic Christmas Concert

6:30pm|Anacortes Transit Shed Events Center

Marina Albero Trio

7:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

O Christmas Tea

7:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Tomorrow
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

Holiday Favorites

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

The Naughty List Market and Cabaret

2:00pm|Broadway Hall

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Songs of Peace with Kulshan Youth Choir

5:30pm|First Congregational Church

Bellwether Premiere Wine Social

5:30pm|Lighthouse Grill

Holiday Party

6:00pm|Camber Coffee

DSA Movie Night

6:00pm|Academic West

Winter Pop-Up with Taylor Shellfish

6:00pm|Aslan Depot

Peaceful Poetry Reading

6:30pm|Village Books

Shrek the Musical

7:00pm|Burlington-Edison High School

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Storm Music Extravaganza

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Treasure Island

7:00pm|Sehome High School Theater

Peace, Love, and Ukuleles

7:00pm|Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

Avalanche Awareness

7:00pm|Backcountry Essentials

History Holiday

7:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Friday
Holiday Pet Food Drive

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am

The Naughty List Market and Cabaret

2:00pm|Broadway Hall

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Treasure Island

7:00pm|Sehome High School Theater

Shrek the Musical

7:00pm|Burlington-Edison High School

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Wild Things

9:30am|Connelly Creek Nature Area

Toys for Tots

10:00am

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am| Sunset Square

Holiday Tea

11:00am|Willowbrook Manor

Holiday Craft Bazaar

3:30pm|Lynden Library

Drayton Harbor Shellebration

4:00pm|G Street Plaza

Gingerbread House Making

4:30pm|Ferndale Library

Christmas on the Docks

5:00pm|Cap Sante Marina

Photos and Stories with James K. Papp

5:00pm|Gallery Pegasus

Wonderland Walk

5:00pm|Washington Park

Valley Made Holiday Market

5:00pm|Maplehurst Farm

Kids Night Out @ Western

6:00pm|Western Washington University

Lost Feast

7:00pm|Village Books

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Darkness and Light

7:30pm|St. James Presbyterian Church

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Christmastime is Here with Skagit Symphony

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Tarnation and Holiday Games

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

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