It’s always about timing. Watchdog’s last posting mentioned Mayor Steve Chirico has never missed a meeting. Eight years at no less than 20 meetings per year is 160 city council meetings and the mayor has never missed one. With less than a handful of meetings remaining, Watchdog said in the last posting “anyone want to bet he’ll be at those meetings”. Nobody took me up on that bet, which was good for me, because the mayor was not ‘at’ the February 7th meeting. So technically he was not ‘at’ the meeting, however he did attend the meeting via telephone; we couldn’t see him, but we could hear him. Since he voted on each issue, I suppose you could say he was there, making his perfect attendance still flawless. However, there are those who would say, he wasn’t there, ending his perfect attendance record. We’ll have to leave that for the historians to figure out.
It reminds me of Wally Pipp who played 1st base for the New York Yankees. He led the American League in home runs in 1916 and 1917, amassed 833 RBI’s and 1,577 hits in 11 years, and was a major part of the Yankee’s first World Championship. To say that Wally Pipp was a star would be an understatement.
One day Pipp came to the ballpark, feeling a little bit under the weather, and told his manager he needed to take the day off. When a star needs a day off, the team will usually accommodate his request. The Yankee manager put in a guy by the name of Lou Gehrig who proceeded to become the greatest 1st baseman of all-time, and set a record by playing in 2,130 straight games in a row without ever missing a game.
Be careful about taking a day off, there might be a ‘Wally Pipp’ waiting for the opportunity, which might be a reason the mayor joined the meeting via telephone.