Much of Watchdog’s material comes directly from Naperville city council meetings. There is nothing better than seeing and hearing it directly from city council members via a video clip. When Watchdog first started in December of 2010 through about 2012, I would attend meetings. The advantage in doing that was being able to see the entire council, not just whomever is speaking, as is the case on TV or online. A lot of things can happen that you can’t see without being there, including non-verbal communication, council members ignoring speakers, and a couple of council members dozing off during the meeting. By not going to the meetings, I have missed those classic moments. However by watching meetings from the comfort of my home, has allowed me not to be distracted by bobbing heads of people also dozing off, sitting in front of me in the audience.
If city councils were described in flavors of ice cream, this Naperville city council would be vanilla; bland to the point of being unremarkable. Previous councils filled with characters would be Neapolitan or Chunky Monkey. They definitely kept viewers awake, and there was no loss of material for Watchdog.
I like to think that I see and hear most of what’s being said during meetings, but recently it was brought to my attention by a Napervillian, who never misses a meeting, that councilwoman Patty Gustin has a serious case of the ‘blahs’. I re-watched her portions of the last meeting, and sure enough there it was, when Gustin was commenting on passing an ordinance approving temporary use of property:
Then again, less than a minute later:
And again when discussing Naperville’s procurement code:
How could I have missed that, along with all the other times Gustin in previous meetings had the ‘blahs’. It dawned on me that I have a serious case of the ‘Patty Gustins’. I had become impervious to her comments because they either made no sense, or they really made no sense.
Apparently Gustin has the ‘blahs’ because even she is not interested in what she is saying. Or could it be that if ‘the devil is in the details’, then maybe ‘the devil is in the blahs’. I think it’s the former.
I realize it would be difficult if not impossible for councilwoman Gustin to recover from the ‘blahs’, but possibly she could substitute it with the “yada yada’s”.