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Trial Balloon: February 19, 2010 Archive

The Thing We're Not Doing

Posted at 6:10 AM on February 19, 2010 by Dale Connelly (32 Comments)

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Welcome to Friday.

Today represents a bit of a break in our typical mid-to-late February public radio programming, but I dare not say more, because it's awkward to boast about something that you've stopped doing. There is a twisted-around-ness to it that might best be suited to the sing song Seussian rhyming scheme that helped shape my brain so many years ago.

The most interesting thing that we're doing today
Is the thing we're not doing. The thing gone away.
I could tell you in detail why, today, we're eschewing it,
But to speak of it outright is the same thing as doing it.

I can't say what isn't or there'll be a complaint.
But I think I can say what the isn't thing ain't.
It is not a report or a contest or show.
Not a press conference, concert or live blow by blow.

It's a thing you have heard and you'll hear it again.
But we've dropped it for now, until next week and then
Its conspicuous absence will quickly reverse
And you'll say - "Oh, that's back. Well it could have been worse."

Thank you sustaining members!


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