Statistics Revealed!

jerry-acoustic.jpgOkay Kiffi, you’ve waited long enough, it’s time I revealed the traffic statistics for Locally Grown.

Hey, did you know that today is Jerry Garcia’s birthday? Jerry played an important role in my development as a musician. Not only did he introduce many songwriters to me by covering their pieces in the Grateful Dead, his work with a number of other groups, including Old and in the Way, the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, and Cats Under the Stars, helped broaden my musical tastes beyond blues-rock.

As Bob Dylan said on Jerry’s death in 1995, “There are a lot of spaces and advances between the Carter Family, Buddy Holly, and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school”. The space between the Carter Family and Ornette Coleman holds American music, Jerry not only filled that space but he shared it with all who listened.

Now, what was it that I was going to reveal?


  1. Rob Hardy said:

    I thought Griff was the weird one, but now Ross is giving him a run for his money. I hope Tracy manages to hold onto her sanity.

    August 1, 2007
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    No kidding, Rob. Tracy’s out of town so I have to do the podcast today with Ross by myself. My first question: “Man, what are you smoking?!”

    August 1, 2007
  3. Ross Currier said:

    Rob and Griff:

    “Mayor Smokes Heroin, provided by City Administrator, and lit by Police Chief…

    …while Paris, Britney and Lindsey Dance Nude!!!”

    “Pictures, along with those of Elvis celebrating with Rupert, Jesus skateboarding with a Martian, and a 400 pound Jack Russell Terrier, inside…”

    There, is that “newz” more to your liking?


    P. S. …and clearly you both hate music too.

    August 1, 2007
  4. Griff Wigley said:

    omigodinheaven the comment spam will kill us all now.

    August 1, 2007
  5. Curt Benson said:

    Ross, somehow your recent postings reminded me of this joke:

    Q: What did the Deadhead say at the Dead’s concert when he ran out of pot?


    August 1, 2007
  6. Christine Stanton said:

    Hey, Ross. I think you might be on to “something!” Is that the same “newz” story where They found out the erratic bike driver with the golf clubs was actually the president of the chamber who was forced to bike because someone from the Mill Town trail committee stole his bike? I heard that the Martian skateboarder ran into him and the reason he was wobbling was because he was dizzy from the fall, not because he was smoking pot, which was originally reported. By the way, the 400 pound Jack Russell Terrier is said to be fine and sustained no injuries in the crash. I think I heard that the terrier’s name was Griff. Can anyone verify that? I did see a photo of Griff somewhere and he looked pretty beat up. Maybe the “newz” reporting that the terrier was okay was wrong. What have you heard?

    August 1, 2007
  7. Christine Stanton said:

    Guess what else I just heard. The superintendant of schools was just seen riding his bike with a sign over his shoulders that said, “Yes, I am listening.” Apparently he was trying to make a point that the school district did not have their heads in the sand on the issue of “car trafficing.” The cars were all lined up behind him as he rode, because they didn’t dare pass him.

    Because of the traffic problems, the mayor initiated a special task force to look into the issue. I know that a warning gainst biking in a suit and tie in 90+ degree weather was posted on the PFB (Parents for Bussing) website. I believe John B. is the chair. However, there is apparently no conflict of interest in this case.

    August 1, 2007
  8. Ross Currier said:


    Speaking of “you may be on to something here”, have you ever seen Griff and the 400 pound Jack Russell Terrier at the same time?

    …YOU MUST BE RIGHT, Griff Wigley IS the aforementioned dog!


    August 1, 2007
  9. Christine Stanton said:

    What a “logical” conclusion, Ross. The 400 lb. number must have been off. After all, Griff does not weigh 400 lbs. Was it the police chief that stated that figure?

    August 1, 2007
  10. kiffi summa said:

    I guess I’ll have to take the blame, but I truly did not mean to start this……..

    August 1, 2007
  11. Christine Stanton said:

    Have you not learned by now that in Northfield you have to be careful what you say, Kiffi? I am just hoping the Strib picks up on all this chatter. 8:0 (I think that is right. Apparently, today is not only Jerry Garcia’s birthday but also the 25th anniversary of those little characters like smiley faces you make with a c colon and parenthesis–e-somethings. I forget what they are called.)

    (Being self employed has its pros and cons. When you get tired of entering inventory, like I have been doing today, you can hop on the internet and find out all kinds of “worthwhile” information. You can even post “stupid” blogs! :))

    In all seriousness, and just to be clear, not all blogs on LG have been stupid.

    August 1, 2007
  12. Griff Wigley said:

    I think this heat wave, along with the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, has created a crack in the intellectual cosmic egg of Locally Grown’s habitues.

    However, as the on-duty blogosphere grammar police officer for LG, I must intervene with you, Christine. You wrote:

    not all blogs on LG have been stupid.

    LG is a blog.
    Ross, Tracy and I author blog posts or entries. We ‘blog.’
    You and the teeming masses attach comments to our posts.

    So it would either be:

    “… not all the blog posts on LG have been stupid”


    “… not all the comments on LG have been stupid”

    Now say 5 our fathers and 5 hail marys and make a good act of contrition.

    August 2, 2007
  13. Ross Currier said:

    Hey Griff:

    Rising temperatures, the Summer of Love…

    …ah yes, the Monterey Pop Festival…with, among others, Lou Rawls, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Simon & Garfunkel, Canned Heat, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Butterfield Blues Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Booker T. & The MGs with the Mar-Keys, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, Buffalo Springfield, The Who, The Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and The Mamas and The Papas…

    ..uh, waittaminute, uh…couldn’t Christine also mean “Not all the blog posts and the resulting comments on LG have been stupid”?

    Just a thought,


    August 2, 2007
  14. victor summa said:

    as to stupid. First I’d say that Christine’s posts from #6 on are really worth the ink and paper.
    or as Griff oft says: Heh…

    Using the David Ludescher Scale of Remark Evaluation, all the rest are surely stupid .

    This all reminds me of Ole Honest (that’s ole as in old, not Oles as in too many scandinavians… in any event) Honest Abe’s muse about fooling some of the people some of the time etc etc etc…

    Here it would be

    “… Some post are stupid some of the time

    “… Some post are stupid all of the time

    “… All post are stupid all of the time

    In that case, I’m troubled by mine being included there somewhere.

    August 2, 2007
  15. Christine Stanton said:

    Griff and Ross: Maybe “stupid” is not the right word as it connotates words like “dull” and “slow.” The words “comical” is probably a better one. That would include the SOME of the blogs and SOME of the comments.

    Griff: Okay, you blog; we comment. Actually, I do not feel the need for atonement. Instead, I see the good Lord laughing with us. 😉

    August 2, 2007
  16. Griff Wigley said:

    Thx, Christine. Yeah, I think we’re trying to balance the city hall stuff with a little humor and fluff. Okay, more than a little.

    August 2, 2007
  17. Ross Currier said:

    Hey Christine:

    Thank God and Griff that you didn’t use the word “boneheaded”…

    Take it from me,


    August 2, 2007
  18. Christine Stanton said:

    Victor: I think we all say and do “stupid” things, but that does not mean that EVERYTHING we say is stupid or that we ARE stupid. I think that even David asks some good questions. I know, I have asked some “stupid” ones! We are all human. Also, people that make bad decisions are not necessarily bad people.

    To use the form of logic you used:

    “… Some people make bad decisions some of the time.”
    “… Some people make bad decisions all of the time.”
    “… All people make bad decisions all of the time.”

    I think this invalid logic is a good thing to be reminded of as we deal with the issues that have been revealed this summer–both the drug issues and the city hall issues. It is also good to remember that we are not just dealing with issues; we are dealing with people.

    A couple of wise old sayings come to mind:
    – Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
    – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    Don’t be troubled, Victor. We are all in the same boat (whether we like it or not) because we are human. Hey, that gives me an idea! What if we had streams instead of streets so people could canoe to work? Now, that’s an idea!

    August 2, 2007
  19. Christine Stanton said:

    Ross, I was actually thinking of the word “deadhead(ed),” but that did not seem to apply to all. (Is that even a word?)

    August 2, 2007
  20. victor summa said:


    Fear not, victor is not troubled even though the waters seem to be.

    If “confident” is the opposite of “troubled” I am not the latter – used that merely “tongue in check”.

    Incidentally, speaking of waters and turning streets into rivers. That would never float!


    August 2, 2007
  21. Christine Stanton said:

    Hey, not so fast Victor. In the winter the streams could be used to skate on. That would make all the hockey fans happy! We could turn our town into a giant rec. center!!! Oh, how about giant slides? We could have water in them during the summer (cooler than biking) and snow in the winter!

    On a calmer note, maybe the “bridge to nowhere” could be viewed as the “bridge over troubled waters.” Hey, Ross, I know that one too. 🙂

    August 2, 2007
  22. kiffi summa said:

    Ross: Back in comment #13, where is Buffy St. Marie??????? She who was oh-so-into the politics of war/oppression before everyone else ………..
    That’s Ok, in a time when the Feds (FEMA) are trying to sell their unused, but mold contaminated trailers to Indian Reservations (Does ANYONE remember the Army’s used smallpox contaminated blankets being given to the Cherokee on the “Trail of Tears” ? ) it fits……. The only more callous thing is that this time the gov’t ( OUR gov’t ) is SELLING the contamination..

    Where’s Homeland Security when there’s biological warfare going on?

    August 2, 2007
  23. Christine Stanton said:

    If anyone else is wondering who Buffy St. Marie is, here are the lyrics to one of her songs.
    She is STILL doing live performances. My guess is that she would have to be 60+ years old. I wonder if she ever gets discouraged…

    August 2, 2007
  24. Christine Stanton said:

    Here is a quote from Buffy St. Marie that relates to the lyrics I posted above:

    “Sometimes I am asked, where did all the brain and fire of the sixties American Indian activism go? In my observation, in Canada we went into every field; but in the United States, where things were far more dangerous, those of us who were not killed, imprisoned, put out of business or otherwise sacrificed to the uranium industry, went into education. If I have a message in this scant overview,
    it is this: real Indian people are rising to the potential of the technology, in school and out. We were born for this moment and we are solidly behind our pathfinders.”

    The part that stood out to me is “…education.” Can we learn something from that?

    August 2, 2007
  25. Tracy Davis said:

    Christine – I’m not cool like Ross, so I always thought deadhead was a verb. It’s what I do to my geraniums and roses.

    August 3, 2007
  26. Ross Currier said:


    Anyone can put on a tie-dyed t-shirt.

    You can get one with a Northfield theme at Larson’s Printing.

    No charge for the wardrobe consulting,


    August 3, 2007
  27. victor summa said:

    Tracy’s right, deadhead is a verb… as in:

    The unsettled attorney drove his six blocks to work each day… finding no parking spot close by, drove off another 4 or 5 then walked the way back to his office… where he indulged himself playing on the internet much of the day posting e-mail comments… then DEADHEADED home at the end of a fruitless work day empty handed…

    DEADHEAD: To return to your point of origin with nothing.

    August 3, 2007
  28. David Ludescher said:

    I am about to “deadhead” home. But, I am deeply troubled by this Scale of Remark Evaluation thing that I supposedly invented. (Post #14) Is my family in danger?

    August 3, 2007
  29. victor summa said:


    Not too worry David… just good old country banter. You understand that, right?

    Seems like we’ve locked verbal horns a lot over the past 10 years… on or off the campaign trails. Neither of us every one an election… unless you’re counting the Chamber Pres role. I’ll count the Board Pres of the Center for Sustainable living then. So I consider our voices sort of slanted.

    But, take heart. Look at it this way, You were interviewed on LG’s Pod Cast. You and that RR guy from Lakeville, both made the big time. And IMHO both have dim views on the benefits of tradition.

    On the way home you are safe. If you’re worried, I’ll come by and walk with you. By the way, should I have felt threatened when you mentioned drowning to me at the last plan Commission meeting we both attended?


    August 3, 2007
  30. David Ludescher said:

    Chamber Pres. – no pay, lots of work, plenty of grief. No wonder my election went so smoothly!

    As for the Planning Commission meeting, don’t you remember? I told you that I was glad you didn’t drown after you said that you were up to here (your chin) in Ludescher drivel.

    Now, back to the serious issue of Locally Grown traffic statistics. Oh, yeah. We haven’t had any.

    August 3, 2007

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