Wednesday, July 12, 2006 Possibilities of Summer...*

Possibilities of Summer...*



Today I emerged from the silence and tranquility of my office to discover what appeared to be thousands of small children cluttering the food court of the building. They were a relatively decorous horde. There was very little pushing, screaming, or ankle biting. But circling back on a subject addressed in a previous post on tourism, why would anyone bring small children on a tour of news facilities on a summer field trip?

Growing up in the middle of Kentucky, our choice of field trip options were unstupifyingly limited.

Childhood Field Trips I Remember:
1. Lincoln's Birthplace - The highlight is the cabin that Abraham Lincoln MAY have been born in protected within a mausoleum-type structure.
2. Fruit of the Loom factory - How treasured was the chance to see t-shirts being made before manufacturing facilities were moved to a sweatshop in Asia.
3. GM Corvette Assembly Plant - The socio-economic future of my classmates was made apparent on this trip. We were evenly divided between those who wished to work at the plant in the future and those who wished to own one of the cars.

I digress, my point is please, please, keep the children away from the office building. For selfish reasons (slight agoraphobia and pedophobia) and more wholesome motivations, I appeal to you to let the kids play outside. It's summer, you're only young once. Let the children frolic, run, and skin their knees. There is plenty of time for these kids to loiter in the food courts (as teens) or be sealed into climate controlled corporate tombs (as adults) later.

*Song by Matt Pond PA (Artwork by Nebo Peklo)

9 Comments:

Anonymous luis said...

brilliant.
I got to see flipper(no. 2 or 3?) on a field trip here in miami right before it died.

1:41 PM  
Blogger kapgar said...

I love that Corvette plant. I've been there a couple times with my uncle. Just very damn cool.

2:14 PM  
Blogger James said...

We had Gilcrease Musuem...which houses "Cowboy Art"
I respect art in all it's forms but after the gajillionth
bronze bust of Will Rogers my attention begins to wane, and yes I am hoping to work for the Tulsa
Chamber of Commerce

2:31 PM  
Blogger Johnny C. said...

You forgot about Boonesborough!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I recognize your building now.

I love the Corvette Museum, too. I think of it as the Breast of Bowling Green.

4:56 PM  
Blogger MC said...

About Lincoln's birthplace...

Let's just say they don't call those toys Lincoln Logs for nothing.

2:24 AM  
Blogger AWG said...

We used to go to the Governor's Mansion nearby and see Bill and Hillary as well as a young Chelsea playing on the floor.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous neva said...

the field trip deemed most worthy, where i grew up/was a kid, was the tour of the Wonder Bread bakery. that's right...smell the dough/eat a slice of soft bread (so soft you could tear it in half).

so, y'know, i'm thinkin' that Fruit of the Loom factory must have been mesmerizing.

(i agree with ya, by the way, being familiar with the inside of more than a few newsrooms myself... plenty of time for that when they grow up/more cynical)

2:06 PM  
Anonymous dean said...

our fieldtrips were 5th grade cowboy hall of fame in OKC, and 8th grade, natural history museum at OU.

9:34 PM  

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