It felt odd to not be on the air for the July 4th holiday. We took Thursday and Friday off last week, leading to a 4 day weekend, and it rained pretty much every minute of every day of the holiday break.
I did tune in to the "Best of" runs of the show during those two days, and had the odd sensation of listening to my own show through the radio speakers. It was a fun to play "guess the guest and what the heck I'm talking about" as I listened. I have to say, it is quite strange to hear it and not be able to instantly place it, despite having been the guy talking.
My holiday was filled with family and fun. My son performed in PETER PAN over the weekend, which I have attended every night. We took a famaily outing to see THE LONE RANGER on the 4th. I have to say, that everyone who saw it, really liked it, and I'm not sure what the critic bashing is all about. At any rate, the movie is struggling to catch on, despite being a rollicking good time. So, go see it, and ignore the press.
I hope everyone had a great weekend, despite the rain.
Back in action this week, last night I attended a meeting of the MOVE TO AMEND group, headed up by Tom Coulson. They are mostly older, but still burning with political fire, and get my admiration and respect. Plans are to host a number of events aimed at getting people signed up opposing the whole "corporations are people and money is speech" movement initiated into law in recent years. Tom will be coming back to the show this Thursday to give us updates.
Ned Doyle joined me on the show yesterday to talk about a number of topics, like Green Energy, West Carolina, Moral Mondays and a wide array of NC issues. Ned is a great local/regional activist, and even has his own 1 hour radio show on an almost weekly basis. A wise and well-informed man. Check him out!
Also, we had 3 members of the Henderson County Democratic Party on to share their plans for the future. Great and inspiring stuff they had to share with us, as they look to find new ways to compete in a heavily redrawn region filled with corrupt monies and strong outside influences.
Today, we have the great John Miall coming on the show. He's running for Mayor of Asheville, and has not been shy about making his views known on some of the boilerplate issues facing us. Should be an exciting talk!
Of course, yesterday saw another Moral Monday in Raleigh, and, by all appearances, was a great success. The media are reporting the typical "More than 60" arrests, and the crowd looked to be around 2000 strong.
No word on what is going to happen in the next phase of the Moral Monday movement, but I have noticed that - with each passing week - people are only getting more inspired and passionate. This is all far from over. And that should give us all hope for NC!
Of course, there's still talk about the how's and what's of West Carolina, and setting upon our own paths here in this part of the state and finding ways to cut the tangle of strings that are binding us now here in North Carolina.
Stay tuned. I'm planning to get into that (and more) today with John Miall.