by Charles Carreon
MINUTES THAT SEEM LIKE OURS
It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There once was a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.
-- Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar
Chair: Thank you, Mr. Twain, for those opening words. And we'll get on to the business at hand. Treasurer, may we have your report?
Treas: Oh, certainly. We're in the black these days, with $60 in the Cash account, thanks to the incredibly hard work done by numerous self-declared Lawpoets at the recent Bake Sale. But we need more than that to pull off the event. The keg will be $45, and the microphones and PA will cost us $35 to rent from Audio Visual Services. We also need to spend about $10 to publicize the event. So we need about $30 more than we have on hand right now.
Foole: We can sell popcorn at the fair.
Sec: It's not a fair, it's a poetry reading, Foole.
Foole: But I want it to be a fair. There should be banners and balloons. There should be minstrels.
Sec. You are a fool, Foole. People will laugh at you.
Foole: Have a drink.
Organdizer: Ms. Chairperson, I have a list here of things which we need to have Lawpoets get and lend to the purpose of the greater good. I think most everything is here that we'll need. If anyone can bring an item, please write down what you can bring and your name and phone number on a piece of paper and put it in Charles Carreon's box.
Lots of popcorn
Lots of lemonade
Lots of unshelled Peanuts
A Real loud, decent sounding cassette player
Japanese Paper Fish, Banners, Pretty Kites that float on the breeze, Streamers, etcetera. (We need as much of this as we can get, so bring anything that seems like it might hang well from the patio rafters.)
Milk Crates or Patio Blocks to support the Stage Platform
A Big Piece of Fabric to Hang on the Wall behind the Readers (Bedspreads, Curtains?).
Donations of beer, tequila, salt and lemons for the poets. (None of that Faulknerian whisky-drinking, please.)
Chair: Thank you for the list, Organdizer. You are invaluable. Publicist, will you present your report?
Pub: We are getting firm commitments from people who wanna read. Beginning next week we're doing a multicolored flyer blitz to solicit more readers. All next week we'll be taking names and assigning a time period for readers. Any Lawpoets who wanna read, call Charles at 397-5426 and he'll sign you up. Do it soon, so we can structure the schedule.
We're also working on a flyer to publicize the event itself, which we'll circulate March 17th to the 20th.
Yeah, and DON'T FORGET, mark it on your calendar with blueberry jam! THE POETRY READING IS THURSDAY, MARCH 20TH!!!
Chair: Are we through?
Sec: I think so.
Foole: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet . . .