Wow. I think I spent most of yesterday in a daze. The first day back from a vacation is usually a little disorienting, but I guess I never noticed before how much “news” I try to keep up on every day, including that from news sources, blogs, personal email and discussion boards. Oh yeah, and add work to the mix.
Information overload is not just a theory; it is reality.
Before I left for Florida, I heard there was going to be a special town meeting right after Thanksgiving weekend, but I didn’t know what we were going to be voting on.
Turns out there was an article to be voted on which would have diverted money away from something I voted on in the meeting we had way back in the spring. The Finance Committee added a recommendation to one of the articles which, if it passed, would have de-funded Somerset’s monetary contribution to Fall River’s anti-LNG terminal fight.
So we would either have reneged on a promise to Fall River, or we’d have to go through that old vote again to replace the money. I don’t know if this was an intentional hurdle or just a town government screw-up (I try to assume the latter until more evidence of malicious intent appears) but the effect would have been the same. And suddenly it was important to go to town meeting last night. WSAR got the word out - in fact the first I heard about this was on my morning drive.
On the air (and at the meeting) there was a lot of what sounded like backpedaling, a frantic rushing of everyone to reiterate that they supported the fight against a locally-sited LNG terminal and everyone seemed to be confused, with circular finger pointing, regarding how this article got into the agenda.
I went to the meeting, and the measure passed, but with a new recommendation from the finance committee - one that honored the vote we took in the spring and left the original money intact. Mission accomplished.
Apparently, we missed a big story as we were leaving the state.
They still don’t know why that explosion happened in Danvers. And federal investigators are having a tough time getting access to the evidence.
There was a standoff with a fugitive Worcester native in our town last night. Police were still blocking the road, and that whole area looked dark and vacant when I passed by on my way home (see map).
So, apparently, the police do routine sweeps of license plates in motel parking lots. I did not know that.
Oh yeah. The bank down the street from my office got robbed yesterday. And they caught some suspects in New Bedford.
So, it was a really busy day for crazy stuff happening, and catching up.
I still am not even close to catching up on blog reading.
In the middle of the day yesterday there were reports that buildings in the center of Fall River was being evacuated because of a package someone left on the steps of Government Center (for out-of-towners that’s the huge building that straddles I-195).
Turned out the package was a case with a camcorder inside. But I guess they were jumpy because there was a guy in the building making threats earlier in the day. Weird.Posted by James at November 28, 2006 7:54 AM