So I was reading a book yesterday, and it made a reference to the Transition Town movement. That spurred an, "Oh yeah" moment for me, as I recalled that Port Angeles briefly had some activity towards becoming a Transition Town a few years ago - before it all fell apart.
Now, to remind you, a Transition Town is, per Wikipedia: A Transition Town is a grassroots community project that seeks to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate change and economic instability. In other words, it's all about becoming more resourceful locally, and less dependent on imports and fossil fuel. Both these things help build a stronger, more localized and sustainable economy.
Transition Town kids: Planning, planting and building a better future.
The local effort here, as I recall, was spearheaded by a couple, Andrew and Neil, along with Hank Gibson, Sissi Bruch, and possibly Max Mania. There was also one older man involved, whose name escapes me now, but who I remember as being one of the worst presenters I have ever seen.
Anyway, the whole thing got off to a big start - I remember one meeting in a packed room with almost the entire City Council there, and even that slimeball City Manager, Kent Myers. There seemed to be a lot of energy and excitement around the idea. There were even supposedly copies of The Transition Handbook floating around City Hall. Wow! Neat, huh?
Then the Port Angelesness of it all reasserted itself. There was bickering between the people leading the efforts, with particularly bad blood (for whatever reason) between Andrew and Neil and Sissi. The one big group split into two smaller groups. Soon after that, both groups, so far as I know, simply evaporated.
Port Angeles kids: Still pining for a job shipping our natural resources to China.
Now, Andrew and Neil (and Max) have moved away. Hank Gibson has seemingly returned to his curmudgeonly cocoon. And Sissi is on the City Council, voting with the majority way too often.
Why does this always happen here? What is it about Port Angeles that inherently causes bickering and dissension to break out? Members of the Chamber bickered and shat out the PABA. Then there's the PADA. For years the Democratic Party had two groups. I hear there are even two Kiwanis groups. And on and on. What is it about Port Angeles that causes groups left (the Transition Town people) and right (pretty much everyone else) to fight, split and feud?
Is this a manufactured dysfunction, one meant to keep people separated and distracted, and thus easy marks? Or is it our remote location? The fluoride in the water? An Indian curse? Why is this such a good place to come together so you can split apart?
I can't believe you like Transition Team Red! Everyone knows Transition Team Blue is the best, you moron!