Let Me Sum Up
The Dallas Marathon runs through West Dallas and everyone spazzes out. Plus:Gordo!
Heading into marathon weekend — yes, I’ve got my cheering shoes ready — we need to save energy. That, plus I slept in. So let’s quickly check out the Friday Five: the half-dozen-minus-one things I’m thinking about going into the weekend.
1. The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon
First of all, the sponsorship name attached doesn’t make saying that awkward at all, does it? Rolls right off the tongue. Second, I do love that everyone is making a big deal that it’s running through West Dallas for the first time. The subtext of that is: “The bridge was totally worth it!”
Sorry. Although it’s pretty cool-looking, in a Neo’s-grated-mouth-in-the-Matrix sorta way, Valhalla could develop on the other side of the Hunt Hill Bridge, and it would still be a waste of money.
That said, go runners! Look for me on Ellis Street, cheering on the girlfriend, patting my belly.
(Also: Word is they need volunteers, folks. I’m not gonna do it, because that would take work, but, you know, you guys should totally step up. Email email@example.com to sign up.)
2. Gordon Keith’s column in today’s Dallas Morning News
It’s a really wonderful look at the real-world sadness and sense of loss behind a piece of Lee Harvey Oswald memorabilia. I take great pride in being the first person to ever publish a Gordon Keith (of The Ticket fame) column, in an advertorial guide in the Dallas Observer years ago.
It was an ode to summer, and it was damn funny. After it ran, the person who to this day still runs Village Voice Media called me up and berated me. She said Keith was not funny, not a good writer, and he should never again write for the paper.
Every time he pens another funny or moving piece — always well written, by the way — I am filled with spiteful, hateful joy. I will never get tired of him proving that raging idiot wrong.
3. DFW Airport parking
The Star-Telegramreports that the airport will be adding more than 2,500 more parking spaces. I’m conflicted about this.
I used to think making parking plentiful and available was key to making a city a happy, navigable experience. Now, I’m all brainwashed by the “smart growth” crowd.
I totally buy the idea that it’s okay to force people to find alternate means of transportation by making auto travel less convenient. That said: When I’m late for a flight, and I see a “lot full” notice, I scream curse words in my car for uninterrupted minutes at a time.
So there’s theory, and then there’s my need to find a GD parking space. Just saying I’m a hypocrite.
4. Josh Venable out again
Really awful news that KDGE laid off well-known program director Venable yesterday, as Zac Crain noted on FrontBurner. In fact, Clear Channel laid off a bunch of people across the nation. Why? The fact it may have $10 billion in debt due in 2016 offers a clue.
5. Jim Schutze on Mike Miles
I’ve defended the DISD superintendent a couple of times in this space already. I feel DISD gets a level of scrutiny that is often unfair, change is hard, people will bitch, etc. But, man, I agree with Schutze in this piece.
Miles is making it hard to defend him. He needs to put on his big-boy pants and start making some concessions, if for no other reason to change the narrative. Also because I hate being wrong.