Saturday, January 30, 2010

My more than two cents

Having already sent this to you by email, I thought I might wade out into the waters of bloggery by reprinting it here...

Regarding a theme for Geresene 10, my own proclivities, of course, are to dig into the Medieval or Classical stuff for a theme – but that said, I’m 100 percent behind the Percy idea – and would even hope that some of the Korretiv Kadre could make it to Gerasene 10.

I think we want to keep in mind as we go about coming up with themes a couple possible solutions to future confusion:

a) 21 fingers (winner names the theme)
b) Each member of the “core” – I.e. us happy few - takes a turn each year naming the theme and assignment – cf. Deep Springs College for its autocratic/autodidactic/autoagricolic (?) model.
c) Democratic vote (in case of tie, refer to “a”)
d) Consensus
e) Stick it on our SMOC (Significant Member Of the Clergy) (he’s got the clear authority around here anyway, we might as well put it to use!)
f) Use the obituary (e.g. this year’s theme: J.D. Salinger (not that we would!))
g) Sacrifice our pens and laptops to the Gods of Thematic Writing Conferences and see what favors are bestowed…
h) Call a phone number at random in the Gary, Indiana phone book and ask the person on the other end who his favorite President is – take the number of that President and transpose it to the corresponding Super Bowl and take the winning team’s mascot as the theme.

For example:

“Hello, I’m taking a survey on U.S. Presidents.”
“Who is your favorite President.”
“Millard Fillmore.”
“Thank you.”
“You’re welcome.”
**** end transcript******

Now, Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States.

The 13th Super Bowl was played between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers (Jan. 21, 1979)

The theme of Gerasene X is “Steelers.” It then becomes our task to figure out what the hell that means….

This would actually work – and incidentally this year - 2010 - will be the only time in history that the Super Bowl and the Presidency share the same number: 44.

In addition, I don’t need to tell you the fitting implications of determining our theme from the auguries of the Pigskin…

I’m partial to this last method – but as a close second, I’d suggest “b” with a healthy dose of collaboration thrown in for good measure (to help shape and guide the parameters of the theme, etc.).

Well, at any rate there’s my more-than-two-cents.


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