trip, 2013, blog post by John Hoff
In the not-too-distant future, I hope to be very successful and very busy. But since February 21, 2008, this blog has been my contribution, my gift (wanted or unwanted) my contribution to the struggle for Northside neighborhood revitalization...a struggle toward what I have dubbed "Urban Utopia."
What is Urban Utopia? I have defined it as the moment when the most pressing issues Northsiders have to be concerned about is whether artisanal cheese sold at the local gourmet food store was produced overseas with child labor, gasp, THE HORROR.
When it comes to Northside (NoMi) neighborhood revitalization, I would like to think this blog, to a degree, has helped to...
...DEFINE the struggle for Northside neighborhood revitalization.
But clearly, there are times when I get BUSY. There was a long period of time in Afghanistan, for example. Other times, it seems like I have all the time in the world to blog, like when I was trucking and I'd be stuck somewhere for the weekend with nothing to do but blog, do pushups and watch HBO as the sun sets on the rainy blacktop of the parking lot of some random hotel off an interstate highway exit.
But neighborhood issues don't happen according to my schedule.
This blog has had many a guest author in its history. Well, I think it's time to put out the call again. To put out the call VERY HARD and maybe even say, "I'll try to exercise some control, but I may be in the position of having to let things run themselves, sometimes."
When this blog post auto-publishes Sunday morning, I plan to be in church; contemplating the mysteries of whether baptism is properly for "the remission of sins" or if other mainline Protestant denominations may define it differently, and working my way through the first Chapter of Genesis, perhaps, where I am starting again once again.
I have not hung up the blogging badge. I might NEVER hang it up. But I am looking, VERY HARD, for more guest authors who can do even HALF as well as Jordan North, Camden Canary, or the Hawthorne Hawkman when he was a guest author, before he went and did his own bloggy thing, and he does it well.
So here it is. If you haven't already seen it, here is the call I put out on North Vent and (oh, maybe) one other North Minneapolis Facebook forum that isn't so public. Well, by the time this publishes, maybe TWO...