Commenter Of The Day: Lake Wobegon Edition

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On certain mornings and evenings, tired of listening to the same A.C. Newman track over-and-over again, we glide our radio's tuner towards public radio and pickup the gentle tones of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and warm ourselves in the fiction News from Lake Wobegon and, somehow, our woes drift away. Based on the town of Freeport, Minnesota, it has a serious population divide; half the town is German and the other half is Norwegian. As a descriptor, Keillor explains "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." This may explain BigHarv's comment today in the QOTD.


Ah, good to see that everyone here-staff included-are children of Lake Wobegon.

Let me be the one to lead my fellow Jalops in a credo of modesty and humility:

I am not an above average driver.
I have been at fault in traffic accidents.
I have scraped bumpers, hit curbs, stalled engines, and not checked my blind spot.
I have been honked at and deserved it.
I have answered my cell phone or texted while driving.
I have driven in the passing lane with a open drink between my legs.
I have braked only when my passenger started screaming.
I have lost control of my car while doing something irresponsible.
And despite knowing better, I am likely to do all of these things again.

Now put your damn seatbelts on and stop complaining about 'those idiots in the Explorer'.

What's with the sass? You're not from St. Olaf, are you?


Al Navarro

Unofficial Ombudsman's End-of-Day Note:

What a week, hunh?

Thanks for some great work down there in the trenches. I know it ain't easy to keep your day job and work hard at commenting. After my Ombudsmarathon on Wednesday, even I had to take some time away to keep the best small agency in NJ running. (And yes, we could use a car company account.)

Today, I will not use this platform to cross-post/shamelessly promote anything (at least no more than I already have). Instead I want to use it to make two points:

- Stars, please continue to promote the worthy and demote the unworthy comments. Except in the COTD, where all but the douchiest are worthy.

- Everyone, please take a minute to make sure your screen name reflects the current state of affairs and not some slightly antiquated one.

And finally, know that I don't check my Gawker message box very often. Much better/easier to reach me via the Jalop FB page if need be. No, I cannot fix technical difficulties. No, I don't give out stars just because you really think you deserve one. Like Debbie Allen in the original Fame...

Now have some brefass scotch, and toast to your general greatness.


Al Navarro

P.S. Today's COTD is exemplary. Serious bonus points for lack of misogyny.