December 19, 2008

Goodbye, Jennifer

KT over at BOR posted this video

of Jennifer's last performance at City Hall. Please take a moment to note her civility and that of Councilmembers Leffingwell, He Who Stands and Shade. Lee's "Thank you, Ms. Gale and very pleasant to see you again" brought tears to my eyes. She was always so very pleasant when I saw her.

I will miss her a great deal, mostly because she was one of the funniest people I've ever met. Everything, in all of her speeches, has some sort of connection in her mind. To me, the connection was tenuous at best. I once referred to a speech she gave while campaigning for mayor in 2006 as a comedic tour de force. You can see what I'm talking about in the video above. Everything means something to her but to most it's a random collection of thoughts. To me, it's a brilliantly put together piece of performance art that's thoroughly enjoyable.

I LIVED for endorsement meetings where she would be speaking. I repeatedly told people to video her. Some little idiot years ago told me I was mean for laughing. I told him, rather bluntly, that he was simply too stupid to get the joke.

The funniest things we do or say are usually those we never intended to be funny. To Jennifer, her speeches made sense. But to someone like me, who loves the play of stream of consciousness in very serious settings, it was absolutely hysterical. The individual portions were proposals and ideas; some good, some really awful. It was the abrupt movement from banning styrofoam to decimating half of the buildings downtown that revealed brilliance.

In another place and another time, Jennifer Gale would have been famous around the world. She probably would have wondered why, but I think she would have enjoyed the attention nonetheless.

Godspeed, Jennifer. We're all richer for having known you.

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Posted by mcblogger at December 19, 2008 02:32 PM

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I also noticed as I watched the video you can overhear "some folks" at the meeting snickering at her as she addressed the councilmembers.

That's a damn shame, considering everyone is falling all over themselves now to be a big Jennifer Gale supporter.

Isn't she the same person who was not allowed to participate in the city council forums - including the one held by the Health and Human Services commission last cycle? Nice time for them all to realize homelessness is a problem.

Posted by: Daisy [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 19, 2008 08:11 PM

Maybe they got the joke, too.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 23, 2008 12:10 PM

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