Communion Of Dreams


Many are called, one will be chosen.
July 14, 2009, 9:25 am
Filed under: Art, Government, Humor, Politics

I’d mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had a couple of volunteer irons in the fire, and that I’d discuss them later when things were a bit more sorted. Well, it’s not finished yet, but it has moved up a round. Here’s a bit of the story:

Our middlin’-sized city runs, as do most middlin’-sized cities, on a lot of volunteer citizen help. Over the years I have tried to be conscientious about my involvement with such, helping in one way or another to make my community a bit better. Sometimes this has meant serving on this or that committee/commission, sometimes just hosting cultural events at the art gallery, and so forth. No biggie – and I haven’t been nearly as involved as my good lady wife has (she’s done a lot more in terms of grunt work with 10 years on the Board of Adjustment).

But a few weeks ago we were each asked to apply for an open position on the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission. This job is, in my opinion, one of the worst in the city – lots of work, lots of meetings, lots of responsibilities, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to piss off about 49% of the people in any given case. But is has to be done, and having conscientious citizens who are willing to take on the grief is absolutely necessary.

Anyway, just a few minutes ago we got the call from the city administration: both my wife and I are in the final pool of candidates, scheduled to be interviewed before the City Council meeting next Monday (when they will make their selection). As I told them in my application, I will tell them in person: pick my wife.

Yeah, I’m a real bastard, aren’t I?

No, seriously, she is probably more qualified for this job (though I would bring a different set of skills and strengths to the position). And if I am not chosen, then I can accept an appointment to a state arts organization board. Of course, it is entirely possible that neither of us will be selected, which is also fine.

So we’ll see. I’ll keep you posted.

Jim Downey


3 Comments so far
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good luck to the both of you — we definitely need more people with the volunteer spirit

Comment by davisw

I think that if GLW is on the P&ZC and you are on the arts commissions, that is a good use of both of your volunteer times – but sometimes people decide differently for us.

Comment by ML

[…] brush with press attention. I just thought that I would post a link as something of a follow-up to this post last week. And I still stand by this statement from that post: This job is, in my opinion, one of […]

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