Illustration Friday: Buzz
The regime change in Iraq reaches even the smallest levels.
For those who don't know, I'm a Local 3 Electrician in NYC. Working at 1 Financial Center, next to the gaping hole that used to be the World Trade Center, (where absolutely nothing has been built after 5+ years, but that's another rant,) I and my coworkers watched as a small plane darted through the sky overhead. We were wondering why the hell a plane was so close to the city- especially the financial center- after, oh, I don't know, 9/11/2001. More to the point, a few months ago Yankees Pitcher Cory Lidle crashed a small plane into an apartment building on the upper east side, killing a few people, causing a fire & havoc. Since then, supposedly, there has been a ban on small aircraft over NYC. But then the plane began to write. Not the puff-dot skywriting letters I've seen before, but actual skywriting, sort of like "Dorothy, suck it!" or whatever it was the Wicked Witch of the West wrote.
We watched as, fighting against the wind, the plane began to write. "W...h...o... W...i...l...l... S...h...e C...h...o...o...s...e...?" Who, we wondered, was this nut who was actually zipping around over downtown Manhattan? Was it a pollitical statement- perhaps who will be Hillary's running mate? (Shoot me now.) Maybe it was a jilted lover who was covertly calling his ex a slut? We watched, expecting some sort of escort planes or helicoptors or something to show up- because, after all, AFTER CORY LIDLE, THERE'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ANY SMALL PLANES AROUND MANHATTAN.
I searched for the phrase when I got home. Apparently, this skywriting stunt is part of some nationwide advertising campaign for some retarded ABC tv show. (I apologize to anyone who is or loves a retarded person. I do not mean to demean them by comparing them to a television network.) The idea, obviously- is to create some sort of buzz. Morons like me will wonder, "What does it mean?" and create blogs about it. Well screw them, I'll just use their phrase to hopefully lure some poor sucker here. Stick around- it's got to be more interesting than what's on TV! At any rate, it's comforting to know that advertisers- who I am sure paid a hefty kickback to the city- get to violate no-fly zones at the expense of New Yorker's safety. (Insert sarcasm here.)