What could be more local than a member of the Mountain Xpress forums weighing the possibility of a run for mayor of Asheville? That’s exactly what forum regular shadmarsh is considering … well, not really. For instance, here’s one of is campaign promises: “My campaign will be green and carbon neutral. No yard signs, only graffiti.”
Other locally oriented threads include yet another URTV drama discussion and a slow-starting thread examining the priorities of infrastructure repair and development in the area.
One of the bigger nonlocal topics this week involved everyone’s favorite likely pandemic, Swine Flu, including a nice collection of conspiracy theories and The Stand references. Other hot topics include the stepping down of U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, the recent switch in parties for Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, and the wonderful partisan bickering over the recently passed $3.5 trillion Obama administration budget.
There were many interesting and entertaining threads in the Community section of the forum this week. For instance, here’s a thread that seeks to complete the following sentence: “When I am old, I will …”. Some options include: “Spend time hanging out at the Post Office, looking for new-fangled fashions to outrage my sensibilities”; “play bingo like I was playing poker back in the day when real men knew how to play poker”; and “Get back on nicotine and junk, have the loudest ******* hardcore band in whatever home my niece and nephew stick me in, streak the White House, and jump out of planes until my heart stops from the shear ******* VIVIDNESS of it all.”
Other noteworthy threads include a discussion of the biggest spiritual letdowns we’ve experienced, a query about how mad parents let themselves get at their kids and the ongoing “respeak” thread which is always in a state of chaotic flux.
And all these threads are merely a few of this week’s discussions on the MountainX.com forums. Don’t see a discussion about that burning topic you’d like to talk about? Why not start your own? All registered members of MountainX.com have forum accounts, and if you aren’t a member, joining is easy — just click here.
— Steve Shanafelt, forums administrator