Bait & Switch

Cynicism is not where I am going with this post.    Nor am I trying to vie toward a particular direction in political results. (as in this post, not my general blog.)     I am seeking a general attitude of caution and precaution.

Realism is what I am seeking.

Dyke has challenged everyone in town to find out the definition of a charette.      For the intellectually lazy it is a  session in which a meeting divides into sub-groups. Each sub-group then presents its work to the full group as material for further dialogue. Such charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people.

Yeah, like in a perfect world!

Mayor Lavender conducted the last charette when it came to dealing with the Common Pasture.     Each group did a great job in accurately protecting the area and re-directing development where it would matter the most.      But the Mayor and his buddy had some presuppositions and snuck in an inappropriate project.       They did it since each subgroup did not know the composition of the other roundtables.

I’m not saying the present Mayor would be so clumsy – all I am saying is, this smells of the old chess player who ran up against some smart collegiate in a game.    He said wryly that he was not very good, put the other side at ease; and then very quickly in a blur of movements slaughtered his opponent.

The Bible says, “be wise as serpents and as innocent as doves”.      In other words, don’t be the bad guy and act like a crude – come with good faith to contribute but don’t be gullible.     And after the charette, when everyone feels it was a good meeting and the results seem positive.

Better check on Monday.

-P. Preservationist



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