Friday, July 26, 2013

The Famous Summer-Time Brain Dump...

This column originally appeared in the Sun Chronicle on Friday, July 26, 2013.


By Bill Gouveia

            It is now late July, and the weather has been overly warm.  That tends to slow down the finely-tuned brain of your local columnist, which has never been all that swift to begin with (as many would no doubt eagerly confirm).

            But around this time each year I perform what has been termed a “brain dump”.  This is where all the loose facts, opinions, questions and stray thoughts rattling around in my rather large head that have not yet resulted in specific columns are flushed out of my system.  It’s not a glamorous process, but it has to be done.

            So as I settle in and turn up the air conditioning, please step back just a bit from your newspaper or computer screen so as not to be dazzled by the brilliance about to be unleashed.  If you have sunglasses, I suggest you put them on.

            If you are a bookie doing business in Foxboro, do you think you could qualify for mitigation money from Plainville by claiming your company is being impacted by the proposed slot parlor?

            How is it that some of the same people who are fighting for Voter ID laws are also complaining that we need to keep government out of our lives as much as possible?

            I believe I have now officially seen every episode of “NCIS” at least six times.  I still can’t believe Gibbs stood there while Kate got shot.  But on the plus side, Zeva is really cute too.

            Is it me or does Mayor Dumas remind you of that really smart, smug kid you knew in school?  You know, the one that was almost always right and you were afraid to argue with, but if you could have gotten in one good head slap and run away, you would have done it?

            If George Zimmerman’s gun had gone off during the struggle with Trayvon Martin and killed an innocent bystander – do you think one of them would have faced charges for that death?  And if so, which one do you think it would have been?

            Wouldn’t it have saved a lot of money if the Mansfield Selectmen had just asked Sheriff Hodgson to have his chain gangs –er, I mean work details – paint the mural near the train station?  That would be a totally different way to discourage advertising.

            You often hear people complaining that the big box stores like Walmart are killing small businesses, and preaching that everyone should shop locally.  Yet somehow Walmart is always crowded, and they keep building more.  America today is all about convenience and price.

            Has anyone seen Kevin Paicos?  Finding Waldo is a cinch compared to looking for the current (or is it former?) Foxboro Town Manager.  The taxpayers and citizens of that good town deserve to know what’s going on.

            In Seekonk, some politicians find it strange the Town Administrator is looking for another job while still under contract.  Anyone who has watched Seekonk’s local politics for any length of time is wondering how she could not be looking for another job.

            The Red Sox have the best record in the American League, are playing exciting baseball, and seem like a bunch of genuinely nice guys.  So why am I still having trouble taking them seriously as World Series contenders?

            And speaking of the Sox, watching Norton’s own Adam Pellerin on NESN makes his hometown folks very proud.

            There is no truth to the rumor North Attleboro selectmen will put a non-binding question on the next local election ballot asking voters if they would like to stop seeing non-binding questions on the local election ballot.

            Any day now I will become a grandfather for the third time.  This has to be nature’s reward for getting older.

            If you don’t laugh at the satellite TV commercial featuring “The Hoppa”, you just don’t have a sense of humor.  Same goes for the “Hump Day” commercial with the camel.

            It has been almost 40 years since I graduated from Norton High School.  Now with the much needed building renovations nearing completion, the school finally looks better than I do.  But come to think of it, that bar was really never set very high.

            Ok – you can take of the glasses now.


Bill Gouveia is a local columnist and can be emailed at and followed on Twitter at @Billinsidelook.

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