I was just talking to my friend Ryan about sitcoms and how characters are so static. It's what makes it funny, I guess, but it's also kind of sad. Archie is a sad person. He never changes. He's always that lovable bigot, but anyone who REALLY is a bigot is NOT lovable, something Carroll O'Connor understood, but I'm not sure all of us learned as a life lesson. The show was satire in addition to sitcom. How many other sitcoms really fit into the satire category? So, I guess I'm impressed that someone bothered to make a satire out of the genre. Maybe the lesson is that you can address real issues in sitcoms. Kind of like Twain's Huck Finn, however, you can't really control how that satire will be received and whether or not some people will even recognize it. 

All in the Family is on nightly in my very conservative city right now. I have to wonder who's watching. Maybe it's the dads or grandpas who are seeing themselves in Archie, but it might also be the children who are tuning in. I am sure young people with open minds might be able to understand the point of the sitcom. Then again, maybe it will live on with the bigots because they can, years later, see it as straight up comedy rather than satire. That's an interesting concept, really.

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  • Florida Tourism - The Destination Funeral
    I was trying to find out what happened to the lovely 33-acre May Mann Jennings Park over on the North Side when I had this great idea for tourism in Jacksonville. It's mostly because Streetview of the park seemed to only show the Evergreen Cemetery, which kind of shares (or overruns) the park. In fact, COJ says the May Mann Jennings Park has "been returned to a natural, undeveloped state." For those of you who don't know government code, this means there's no funding for a park in an industrial/hood area of town. Anyhow, my search for a forgotten gem of a park was thwarted, but the cemetery next door got me to thinking about Florida/Jacksonville tourism, and I wondered if anyone had ever considered a destination funeral. 
  • This Article is Not a Paid Placement Written by a Guest
    I get contacted all the time about allowing someone to write an article on one of my websites, many times about a topic I've covered. These people either want to send me full text articles or links to articles that I can copy from another site. They never say how much they want to pay me to host their articles, and I don't really know how much to charge (if I were to do it), but I got a bit of an idea what it might be worth based on a Craigslist ad I saw. Still, I won't be offering my website to the highest bidder like the local news sites do. 
  • 5x110 16" wheels and tires in Jacksonville - $150 (from a Saab 9-3)
    I tried posting these tires and wheels on Craigslist, but I think everyone in Jacksonville is scared of the website, so I'll post it here instead. If this article is still online, then I have the wheels with tires in my garage, and I want them gone. The wheels came off a 2008 Saab 9-3. The tires are not matched, but they have a lot of tread. I'll share the original posting and reiterate that the wheels should work on the vehicles I list with the same bolt pattern and similar offset.