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If one man calls you a donkey, he is a fool. If two men call you a donkey, they are idiots. If respected experts and the Senate call you a donkey, get fitted for a saddle.

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beatonna:

Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008.  It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there.  It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them.  A larger work gets talked about from time to time.  It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories.  Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans.  Thank you for taking the time to read it.
-Kate

beatonna:

Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008.  It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there.  It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them.  A larger work gets talked about from time to time.  It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories.  Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans.  Thank you for taking the time to read it.

-Kate

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Conte d’Amour

I made a tweet last night which was a bit flippant about not going to go see Conte d’Amour. After two responses to it, I thought I would explore my reasons as to why I’m not going to see it. Beyond the practical one that it is probably sold out for tonight, that is.

Price is one. Forty-nine dollars isn’t a huge amount of money. It’s a fair price for the World Stage Festival to charge.

It’s also a week of groceries and meals paid for. This is a fair price for a week’s worth of groceries.

When I read the Conte d’Amour review by Kelly Nestruck, and then other reviews that agreed and disagreed with that review, I noted that there were no disagreements about the general staging and tone of the piece. And that made me decide to spend the money on groceries this time.

I have spent way more than forty-nine dollars on a night at the theatre. Tickets, dinner, the bar after. But if I’m going to do that, I have to be convinced that the experience is going to be worth it for me.

From the reviews I read, the general impression that I got about the shape of Conte d’Amour is that it has arguably audience-shocking techniques and a plot that might not be the most cohesive. The reason I would go to be shocked would be based around patriarchal Western society and all its faults.

I agree patriarchal Western society has lots of faults. But I had my doubts that this production was going to shock me or give me some amazing new insight into my life or the life of a sociopathic patriarch to make the expenditure of time and money on my part valuable for me. I can read the news and interpolatrpe for that.

Others disagree, and found it to be a powerful piece of theatre. And that’s a great thing, and there is an audience for everything, and it is very well a powerful piece of theatre for the right person.

Just not for me. But give me a shocking production with a tight storyline (The Walworth Farce leaps to my mind) and I’m all over it.

Kudos to the creators of Conte d’Amour for creating a piece that arouses such strong feelings.

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Jimmy:
Aaaand, we're back. I'm here with Tom Derb, brother of Bob Derb, who is running for Alderman.
Tom:
And let me just say, if you don't vote for Bob, you have a wetland in your head! [Laughter]
Jimmy:
Bob is really eager to become Alderman, isn't he, Tom.
Tom:
Let me tell you a story, Jimmy. When Bob was eleven, he wanted a ten speed bike more than anything. So he got a paper route, worked like a dog, and in six months he saved enough money to be able to get that bike. He still has that bike. It's in a special glass case in his front hall with a plaque that reads "First Success". So yeah, you can say that he's eager.
Jimmy:
That's an inspiring story, Tom.
Tom:
I told it every night to my kids when they were growing up.
Jimmy:
So, quick story, all the benefits of the combination monster truck amusement park?
Tom:
One, jobs. Two, more city revenue. Three, monster trucks and a roller coaster. All these panty elastic protesters can't say anything about these points.
Jimmy:
Well, there you go. I'd like to thank Tom Derb for coming on the show.
Tom:
My pleasure, Jimmy.
Jimmy:
Tune into my next show for another very special guest.

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Jimmy:
Listeners, we have a special treat for you tonight. My guest is the brother of Bob Derb, Tom Derb!
Tom:
Pleasure to be here, Jimmy.
Jimmy:
So your brother, Bob, is running for Alderman.
Tom:
That's right, Jimmy. We're tired of the panty elastic politics going on in this town. The Derb family, any of who would make a great Alderman, want to restore sanity to Greater Catchegolla.
Jimmy:
That's a big goal, Tom. We're a big city.
Tom:
And we're big men. [Laughter] No, but seriously, Jimmy, there is a real challenge to running this city. There are a lot of, how do I call them, elites in this city. They don't need to work. They don't want other people to work. They just want to block progress.
Jimmy:
The combination monster truck amusement park.
Tom:
You took the words right out of my mouth. This development, which could mean at least 250, maybe 300 jobs, is being blocked by panty elastic politics. Ducks can fly, can't they? So if the bulldozers come, the ducks and beetles and wasps and whatever just fly away.
Jimmy:
Except for the fish.
Tom:
Plenty of fish in the sea.
Jimmy:
Hold that thought, it's time for a commercial.

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Jimmy:
You're on the air, caller. Is this Karen from downtown Tranktown?
Caller:
Yes Jimmy.
Jimmy:
What did you have to say today, Karen?
Caller:
Does no one care about the environment in this town?
Jimmy:
A bunch of ducks are the environment now? When did that happen?
Caller:
The wetlands are home to a huge number of species! Fish, plants, beetles!
Jimmy:
Beetles? We're going to lose two hundred and fifty jobs over a bunch of bugs? Does that seem right to you, Karen?
Caller:
What about losing a valuable natural resource?
Jimmy:
Mud is a natural resource, now? Come on, Karen, just because you and your friends want to feel good about saving some bullfrogs, why should development stop? Don't you like progress?
Caller:
This isn't progress! It's just greed! Greed on the part of the developers and on the part of Alderman Bob Derb!
Jimmy:
Now I'm going to have to stop you there, Karen. We can't have any politics on a radio show. OK, you're next.

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<b>
Jimmy:</b> Caller, you're on the air.<p><b>Caller:</b> Hi Jimmy.<p><b>Jimmy:</b> Well, a lovely female voice for a change.<p><b>Caller:</b> Oh.<p><b>Jimmy:</b> Now don't let me scare you off, Janine. This is Janine from West Moxie, right?<p><b>Caller:</b> Yes.<p><b>Jimmy:</b> Just relax, Janine. Don't get excited. What did you want to talk about today? Is it the combination monster truck amusement park? Janine?<p><b>Caller:</b> Yes.<p><b>Jimmy:</b> Well, what's on your mind? Janine? Janine?<p><b>Caller:</b> Well I just think the people opposing this are horrible people. They must not like fun, or laughter, or sunshine, or family. Yes, family. Jimmy, I met my boyfriend and now husband at the original combination monster truck amusement park...<p><b>Jimmy:</b> The one in Clampetville...<p><b>Caller:</b> Exactly, and I think if you care more about a few poopy old ducks than you do about romance, then there is something wrong with you, Jimmy. Something very, very wrong.<p><b>Jimmy:</b> Well, Janice, thank...<p><b>Caller:</b> What is wrong with these people, Jimmy? What is wrong with them?<p><b>Jimmy:</b> Well, I don't know, Janice. But everyone has the right to their own opinion.<p><b>Caller:</b> Not these people! Not these people, Jimmy! There is something very wrong with them! They aren't human!<p><b>Jimmy:</b> Well, Janice, I don't know if I'd...<p><b>Caller:</b> Do you support Alderman Bob Derb, Jimmy?<p><b>Jimmy:</b> I support him, and the other fine candidates for Alderman.<p><b>Caller:</b> Do you support Derb??<p><b>Jimmy:</b> The station does not allow me to state my views on candidates, Janice.<p><b>Caller:</b> Oh! Fine! Then you're one of them! I was wrong about you, Jimmy! You've lost a caller for life, and my husband!<p><b>Jimmy:</b> Hello? Hello? Ha ha! This just shows passions are running high around this combination monster truck amusement park! Wow! OK, you're next.<p>

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