Rumor Has It
Of Presidents and Puppies
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
I’m not here to tell you what to do, but if you haven’t voted yet, vote. I’m not here to tell you who to vote for, but if you’re unclear, email me and I’ll be happy to tell you who to vote for. If you happen to be the last undecided voter in the land when it comes to the presidential election, here’s a hot tip: Don’t vote for the guy who says things like, “When Churchill was on the top of a building, and he said everything’s going to be good, everything’s going to be—be calm. And you have the Nazis dropping bombs all over London. He was very brave because he was at the top of a building. It was very well known that he was standing on buildings, and they were bombing.” That utterance happened a little over a month ago, or in 2020 time, a million trillion lifetimes ago.
In case it needs to be said, it’s not “very well known” that Churchill was standing atop buildings when London was being bombed. It’s not even known. Because it never happened. What I do know is that my parents always told me that doing drugs would kill my brain cells and having spent four-plus years of listening to presidential proclamations such as that one, I feel like we all owe drugs an apology for judging them so harshly.
So, yeah, vote. And get a flu shot, while you’re at it. I figure while I’m nagging you, I might as well go full mom about it.
In other news, although music venues still are not open, I do have some good music-venue news to offer. Well, one piece of good news about one venue. But hey, I’ll take it.
Like just about every business I know up to and including this one, the Shakedown has kept busy applying for any grant or source of financial aid that will work for their business model and help keep them afloat. That work recently paid off in the form of a HartBeat of Main Street Grant courtesy of Main Street America. The venue can put the money toward meeting whatever their needs may be, from COVID-19 safety upgrades to rent and payroll. The grant money is not enough to fund the Shakedown into perpetuity or anything, but with owners Hollie Huthman and Marty Watson both have financial backgrounds to draw from and I have no doubt they’ll make the funds go as far as possible. Whereas I would use it to buy a milkshake machine and a bunch of puppies—which is probably why Main Street America isn’t giving me money anytime soon.