The blog half empty
I was happily minding my own business as I worked on a heartfelt response of thanks to Dan Jackson for his Sept. 7 editorial (“A classy display for Loggers’ Play Day.”) when, friend Tori interrupted my mood with a link to a website that put my knickers in a twist and I haven’t been the same since reading “Nirvana Tour Ducks and Dive Through Aberdeen.” nirvana-legacy.com/2013/09/13
“A totally Godforsaken nowhere,” claims the author who also calls Aberdeen “the most embarrassed and embarrassing town I’ve ever seen.”
“Aberdeen is a place with problems,” he continues. “A town that grew up as a brothel serving seafarers grew into a place for drunken loggers to drink-drive and cut up on pay-day.”
Oh, there’s more — lots more. His mission was to scout Kurt Cobain locales and memorabilia. Aside from a few platitudes about clean streets and scenic splendor, the Aberdeen museum and Kurt Cobain park, he claims he also found “a schizophrenic town” with a loan place, religious establishment and porn store right next to each other, but “living in a cloud of negativity and an unwillingness to celebrate life” by ignoring the Cobain legacy.
The point I was conveying to Dan Jackson was that I appreciated his words about the appropriateness of this year’s loggers’ tee shirt because negativity or dark humor in any depiction of the Twin Harbors ripples around the world and makes the rest of us look like a bunch of Bubbas. Last year’s “Osama’s been loggin” tee and (in my opinion, this year’s Art Walk graffiti alley poster) did nothing to celebrate life in this area of extreme beauty and talent. And as predicted, the outside world jumped right on it.
I don’t even live in Aberdeen, so I could give a gilded farthing about its reputation. But I can’t separate myself from my environment, and that means I need to help make it the best place I can. I did my part while serving on the Grays Harbor Tourism Council and promoting our uniqueness through artful advertising. Likewise, the now extinct Folklife Council was where we shared our ethnic diversity, our historical architecture, our local work ethic and more. In each case, the point was to let visitors feel the pulse of the area and pride in our community.
Thankfully, Steven Freiderich and Tori Kovach set the record straight on this biased blog with their well chosen words about Aberdeen’s actual support of efforts to recognize Cobain. And while they didn’t go into lengthy dialogue in defense of the blogger’s mention of all the closed store fronts and a few bus riding meth tweakers, anyone with an ounce of intelligence understands cause and effect, and knows that when major industries go down, it takes time to rebound and become upright again.
Well, with a population of some 19,000 people and more businesses open than closed, I think this guy’s vision was obviously blurred by a half empty tankard of water in which his head was submerged.
Isa “Kitty” Mady