NOTHING WAS GAINED AND NOTHING WAS LOST
“Thank you again for applying,” echoed around the diner, “but upon further review of other applicants,” and then the voices trailed off and suddenly picked up again, “we encourage you to apply again in the future!” Everyone now knew those words by heart and would repeat them sitting there together. If anywhere or anything, that diner held us in cooperation. And when we reached the word “future,” a depleting, callous laughter rallied us whole. It was obvious to anyone local, we had become like so many others, out there. A people not yet defeated, but who had persisted through loss of almost everything and continued to lose when chance involved hope. Celebrate and share our sorrow, it seemed, was all we could do now to survive. Time would grow and grow. And these past 5 years, which were our years, remained terrible.
An extraordinary thing occurred as the economy and the nation at large held fast to its Captains’ Obstinate, Mad course. The summer homeowners began to shutter up their second or third property windows, which wasn’t so amazing. But those who did come following the Great Shuttering, arrived less and less frequently and began to engage the locals only when they had to.
Sitting in that diner, which was once busy from dawn until well into the night with families or married couples from parts beyond, and who weren’t above letting you know that they in fact made a great deal of money, and who once tried mightily as they could to be local for their short time there on the island, began to seclude themselves at corner tables in the diner. Buried deep there, maybe they had thought and discussed amongst themselves while still in their cars before entering, “we’ll stop by to eat and help out the diner, but we shouldn’t speak to anyone because we’re doing well and we haven’t seen anyone else from the city since we’ve been here. And we simply don’t know these people well enough, but we should certainly eat now or otherwise we’ll be hungry for miles.”
So the brave souls from the city kept to themselves. Which was quite extraordinary to those of us from the island who had so often conversed with them with such great ease. Our plight had become too unbearable for them to accept. Which wasn’t so unusual when considering everywhere else in the nation. The thing, before their absence all together, which was most extraordinary to us beyond their sudden lack of courtesy, amiable conversation and ability to look us locals in the eyes, was the fact that they stopped tipping their waiters.
And then, they were gone.
We, life persisted, as just another chronological circumstance with our own multiplying and arbitrary challenges. The local conversation was dependable. If it was raining, we talked about the rain. If it was cold outside, we told each other to bundle up as the bell rang above the door when someone exited. And if it was hot outside, we asked each other whether or not we thought relief was in sight? The weather, which no one can predict, much like our lives, afforded us something uncertain, which we could all depend on.
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As many of you are aware the beaver pelt trade has been under relentless attack in recent centuries by the cotton industry. A strong marketing effort has fooled many into believing that cotton is “the fabric of our lives.” Combined with low cost labor and perhaps the most damning of all, unending financial contributions to politicians in Washington, these forces are proving themselves insurmountable to those of us who have provided not only this nation but our global neighbors with the finest hats the world has ever known. Our way of life as pioneers, trackers and trappers is threatened and will cease to exist should we allow the moneyed pockets of the cotton industry to rewrite legislation effectively murdering our economic lives and relegating beaver trappers to the pages of our history books. For centuries now beaver has set the standard in stylish head wear and contributed to some of the greatest movements in fashion. Where would the great style houses of Paris, New York, London and Milan be today without the material that has continually revolutionized and perpetuated the growth of the fashion industry? And where would they be without the brave trappers who have supplied them with beaver pelt for the past six hundred years? I urge you all to take two minutes out of your busy lives and visit www.beaverhautecouture.com to sign a petition that will help us halt and ultimately defeat the insidious cotton movement so determined to breach the dams of our forged tradition. And not just any tradition, an American tradition!
One of the greatest challenges when beginning any construction project is knowing who to trust. A competitively priced bid doesn’t always translate into quality work. And all too often budgets are exceeded and time frames ignored.
Since 1989, Tilton Pacific Construction has focused on commercial projects of all types and sizes. Over the years the long lasting relationships we’ve developed have allowed us to grow. By treating our clients as an extension of ourselves, together with our attention to detail and quality construction, we’ve become one of the Pacific Coast’s most respected general contractors.
At Tilton Pacific, we’ve learned over the years that involving ourselves early in a project is paramount for its success. In the past 23 years we’ve built and remodeled everything from retail centers and grocery stores to restaurants and auto dealerships. This experience, along with our in-house estimating professionals and database of past projects, ensures you’ll receive the most competitive and accurate price.
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The door pushes open exposing a dimly lit, depressingly silent bar. Several men sit around the bar looking down at their drinks and the ashtrays in front of them as though they’re contemplating their wasted lives and how much longer they have until they’re finally put out of their misery. The bar is shaped like a horse track. The door opens and the camera focuses on big red shoes walking. The shoes pass and a figure of a man dressed in a peculiar outfit comes into view. He sits down at the bar on the opposite side of the room from the door. There is a seat between him and another man who looks at the new patron as though he were annoyed. The new patron is in a clown outfit with a little makeup still behind the ears.
MAN AT BAR
“What the fuck are you supposed to be?”
MAN AT BAR
“Yeah you look it. You go to school for that?”
MAN AT BAR
“Your parents must be proud.”
“It’s been a long time.”
MAN AT BAR
“It’s been a long time since what?”
“It’s been a long time since I’ve spoken with them.”
MAN AT BAR
“Imagine that. So what’s it like?”
“So what’s what like?”
MAN AT BAR
“A grown man living as a clown.”
“I washed the paint off.”
MAN AT BAR
“Most of it—what about the outfit?”
“There’s a certain appearance required of me.”
MAN AT BAR
“So you wash the makeup off your face when you’re done with the job but you keep the clown outfit on when you walk into a bar so no one mistakes you?”
“Mistake me for what?”
MAN AT BAR
“You tell me.”
“It’s 10:30 in the morning on a Monday, you think I’m the only one in here who’s a clown?”
MAN AT BAR
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“You tell me.”
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As board chair of the Airport Minority Advisory Council, Don O’Bannon continued a strong tradition of remarkable leaders. Throughout his professional career he has fought for a level playing field and strived to create greater opportunities for minority, small, and women-owned businesses in the aviation industry.
Don’s style of leadership emphasized inclusiveness and encouraged broad participation. His welcoming spirit inspired many to get involved and contribute to furthering AMAC’s [v/o- A-MAC’s] growing national influence.
During his time as National Chairman, AMAC has made tremendous strides. Under his selfless guidance, Don worked tirelessly to educate airport commissioners, directors and legislators on how diversity in airport employment and contracting enables entire communities to benefit. As a result, the membership base grew significantly. His commitment to building lasting relationships proved instrumental in organizing the testimony of AMAC members on Capitol Hill. It was his passion, ability and willingness to lead that brought the reality of discrimination against DBE [v/o- D.B.E.] suppliers directly to congress, and ultimately challenged them to pass minority inclusive directives and policy. Through his direction and with the support he rallied, AMAC witnessed the implementation of AMAC’s National DBE database. This dedication has helped to increase the exposure of AMAC members and thousands of DBEs with the goal of procuring a greater number of federally funded contracts.
Don’s thoughtful nature helped to not only gain national influence but played a significant role in the growth of AMAC’s membership. And this growth and influence just may be the greatest testament to his time as national chairman. Throughout his tenure as chair Don was accessible to everyone. He shared his knowledge and insight with anyone who came calling. What defines him as a leader and more importantly as a man, is his unwavering attention to other people and his devotion to helping them live better lives. Thank you Don for everything you’ve shared with us. We appreciate your leadership and wish you well.