Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see - because I do not happen to be a ’Somebody’ - why my diary should not be interesting. My only regret is that I did not commence it when I was a youth.
Charles Pooter The Laurels, Brickfield Terrace Holloway.
Charles Pooter is well known in Britain but new to me. Diary of a Nobody was serialized in Punch magazine in 1888 and 1889; the authors George and Weedon Grossmith, delighted in sending up the ( fictional) joys and woes of a petty clerk, his wife, his son, his friends, his amusements and setbacks. His ego under constant attack, Pooter defends himself with what he's got, which isn't much. I derive a lot of wry amusement out of all this. For are we not all trying to assert our importance to a mostly indifferent world? I started out laughing but in the end felt that Mr. Pooter's dilemma was universal. I could even say, Mr. Pooter, c'est moi.
Blogging has become the new refuge of the pooter in us all, and pooterism is rife in the land. We're all pooters now.
We have had inches of rain lately, real Hilo weather.
It should be interesting to see how the Global Hope video came out. This is a tricky situation involving progressive politics in the challenged academic atmosphere of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. The few young people who are earnestly involved with this, and their idealistic teachers, are very pressured, trying so hard to learn and teach, seeing a situation which does not appear to honor what they are doing. They feel both persecuted and ignored. But they have done some great things, nonetheless, such as sponsoring Michael Parenti's recent talk here, which had an excellent turnout.
Today Brittany Smart, young dynamic County Council member and UHH political science graduate, will introduce her bill to release funds for an emergency center/ gym in her district. She is the proverbial breath of fresh air, and we are all crazy about her!
I'm going to Council Meeting this a.m. and hope to catch the vote as it happens.
Going to be on a tv program this afternoon that will be aired on public access here and posted to You Tube. It's sponsored by Global Hope and will be moderated by Noelle Rodriguez. What particularly excites me is that the discussion will feature student activists at UH Hilo. More later.