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October 14, 2012Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 3:55 PM
April 1st of this year I met with two gentlemen of Chinese extraction. Their names were Ducki Jo and Bo Bgib Son. Mr. Jo and Mr. Son were interested in buying or leasing the entire Malden Air Base and converting it into a training camp for prospective Chinese professional baseball players. After the initial meeting, I never heard anything further from them. Possibly the roiled international financial markets had some effect on their plans.
Their plans, as I understood them, included being in close proximity to the best team in major league baseball. The team they concluded that had: the most beautiful uniform, the best logo, the finest team history, the greatest and most knowledgeable fans, the best concession stands, a theme song from a beer commercial, and the ability to take any major league baseball player and elevate him to greatness (just ask Pete Kosma).
They chose the St. Louis Cardinals, and goodness gracious, did they pick the right team. I'm sorry their plans didn't mature, but how about those Cardinals? Coaches always say: "Never say quit," "Play till the whistle blows," "Go hard till it's over," and "Play until the last out." A boy from The Hill in St. Louis said, "It ain't over till it's over;" the Cardinals proved again this past Friday night that in baseball a team is given twenty-seven outs and the opponent has to get them all or THEY lose. Two years in a row the Cardinals have given us heart stopping baseball. Atlanta, known as "America's Team," is one and done. The descendants of the Washington Senators are looking for Mr. Applegate and wondering what happened with that two run ninth inning lead. The carpetbaggers once known as the NEW YORK Giants await their fate in the city by the sea.
Tomorrow night there is a Malden City Council meeting. There is business to discuss. The council will vote, I assume, to continue the suspension of the capital improvement rate adjustment on our municipal electric rates. The Malden Board of Public Works voted the suspension on the assumption that we are reasonably close to finally receiving the last of our money from FEMA/SEMA for repairs that resulted from the 2009 ice storm.
The council will vote, I assume, to authorize a deal with the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission to allow the sale of capacity and energy from the Plum Point Power Generating Facility.
There are a few other items on the agenda. The meeting starts at 7:00 P.M. Everything on the agenda will be completed by 7:06 P.M. The second game of the National League Championship Series starts at 7:07 P.M. I see no reason for the Malden City Council to meet more than six minutes tomorrow night. A short meeting will give us less opportunity for mischief and more than likely save the taxpayers money.
The financial report is as follows:
October 5, 2012
October 12, 2012
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