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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Ramblings from Ben: Debt, vacation and photography

  • Summer, according to those far more learned than myself, begins on June 20. If you're reading this while facing south, winter is beginning just beyond your line of sight. Many of you in this hemisphere are preparing to put several grand on your high-interest credit cards in the name of a well-earned vacation. Your...
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  • Summer, according to those far more learned than myself, begins on June 20. If you're reading this while facing south, winter is beginning just beyond your line of sight. Many of you in this hemisphere are preparing to put several grand on your high-interest credit cards in the name of a well-earned vacation. Your $2000 cruise to Cozumel will be conveniently pawned to you in increments of $79 minimum payments. Your final cost could've been the 10% down you would've needed to qualify for even more debt on a new 3-bedroomer that you could've been privileged enough to co-own with an offshore financial institution that you are told is a stateside bank. And you can do this, accommodatingly, for the next 30 years. But this isn't about money.
    Most columns are written to inform or complain, some for the sake of observation. For the first time in my extensive 3-column career, my pulpit will be used as a means of advocation. I advocate that you, the readers, buy a hardcopy of this publication and take it with you on your travels, be they far and wide or short and narrow. Photograph yourselves holding the Boonville Daily while standing in the foreground of something that peaks the interest of others.
    The Leaning Tower of Pisa? Yes. The Pyramids? Yes. Heck...it can even be local, so long as interest is peak-able. Some of you do plan on making wise financial decisions during this period of furlough and not traveling when you can't afford it. For this, you shan't be penalized. Are any of you capable of holding a pose just off to the side of a Missouri timber rattler? A great picture that would make. Just wear chaps. Save the risque. Even the most artistically laid-out paper in the nation cannot hide an undesirable body. Clothing is not optional, nor is lack of it funny.
    In this world of unbridled corruption and gelded relationships, of fat preachers and parking tickets, of genetically modified crops that grow their own pesticides, of hangnails and sporadic grey hairs, of famine and combat, of pedophiles and abusers, of manufactured epidemics - let's all have some innocent fun. Clear your SD cards, make sure your cameras have charged batteries and take the lense-cap off. Or, buy a throw away camera when you've arrived at your destination. By summer's end, I expect the Daily to have made it to all the continents. Send us your pictures, digital preferred, by the end of the solstice and include a caption. We'll see what happens. It'll be fun.

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