- people on the move
The 19th annual Grand Rapids Magazine Joke Off, set for , Wednesday, at The Stack, will feature Grand Rapids Business Journal contributing writer MikeMarn
Who's he? Well, he wrote an e-mail to Editor
Anyway, Marn, who spends his daytime hours as vice president and executive creative director at Francis Marketing, says to expect plenty of local humor in his routine.
And, since this is being billed as an "uncensored night of comedy," here are just a few of the subjects.
"Too bad the new Marriott Hotel isn't open already. I mean, forget convention visitors — they could have filled it with all of us who can't get home because construction is blocking all the @#$@ roads!"
OK, there's one everybody can identify with. Here's another:
FredMeijer is probably disappointed about the zoo thing falling through, but at least he's got his new
Good, Marn has scored another point. And finally:
"That new YMCA is really coming along over there next to the expressway. Pretty exciting, but wait till those people on the
Oh-oh, picking on West Siders is hazardous to one's health.
Anyway, Marn (who really is representing the Business Journal because the rest of us aren't funny) will be joined on stage by several other (slightly) notable celebrities from around town, including Grand Rapids Magazine's own humor writer (and defending champ!), DwightHamilton
BrianSterling from WOOD-TV8 landed the emcee duties, mostly because he offered to bring TerriDeBoer along. Other "for-sures" (note, this can change the night of the show) include John "The Hoss" Perry from WMFN AM640 and WZZM TV's "13 On Your Sidelines" and KevinRichards from SkyView Traffic.
Headlining this crew of amateurs is national act David Dyer. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the night of the show, and are available by calling 459-4545. The event, which is sponsored by the
- Here's an item to put at the top of your Election Day things-to-do list.
If voters approve the amendment to "safeguard the sanctity of marriage," that action will — according to Al Short, governmental affairs guru for the MEA — constitute messing with the sanctity of teacher contracts in East Lansing and Ann Arbor.
"It's a bargaining issue," Short said, and therefore apparently off limits to
He said MEA's "member-driven" Statewide Screening and Recommendations Committee has ruled that the amendment would ban domestic partner benefits that the Ann Arbor school district and
The long and the Short of it apparently is that the state should march to the personnel policies of one K-12 school system and one university.
Short's news release, incidentally, came on stationery that claims the MEA's mission is to "ensure that the education of our students and the working environments of our members are of the highest quality."
- Remember the brouhaha that city staffers launched two years ago about whether the big gold emblem painted on the side of the
Brass Works Buildingconstituted a violation of ' sign-control ordinance? Grand Rapids
Well, now that the mural designed by RichardHaas on the old Reptile House is complete, we hope some Clever Harry at City Hall doesn't bring up that same issue again — even though the mural is not only a look at local history but also a blatant community attempt to improve the business climate of the Heartside area.
And, gee, if City Hall starts questioning that, what's next? The Calder?
Or maybe it's just that DennySturtevant is better accepted around City Hall than JackBuchanan
By the way, the
- Development of alternative power sources seems to be catching on and — considering the direction in which gasoline prices and natural gas prices are headed — that seems to make sense.
But global warming seems to be taking a vacation as a reason to pursue power alternatives. Tourism industry officials in
In fact, the Weather Channel pointed out early in October that four Upper Midwest states had record low average temperatures this summer and that summer temperatures in eight others —
The phenomenon also has impacted highly productive
Now, three states in the Far Northwest did experience record high temperature averages this year.
ElNino is baaaaaaack.