Gee, getting bounced from your job is not supposed to be this much fun.
Many, many thanks to everyone who has offered emotional and financial support. I stand shoulder to shoulder with the gazillions of others who seem to have lost their employment lately. I think we all recognize that such a thing could happen to anyone at virtually any time. Your encouragement and comforting words are much appreciated, and I wish every person who winds up in my position could receive what you have given me.
Some have even suggested there be a membership-like fundraising event through daleconnelly.com to try to siphon off dollars that were formerly directed elsewhere, rather like dropping a “top hat” over a leaky underwater pipe to pump liquid gold into a pirate barge.
With gratitude and respect for every helpful heart out there, I have four words:
Please don’t. Not now.
There may come a day when daleconnelly.com offers enough in the way of services and attractions to justify asking a fee to enter, but there are many questions (legal and ethical) that would have to be addressed before such a thing could happen. Right now I’m just trying to figure out what to do with all the junk that used to be on my desk. At this moment it’s in bags in the basement.
And to those who have declared on this site and elsewhere that they will no longer contribute money to MPR because they are angry about my dismissal, I respect you and I thank you for your passion but I have a few thoughts and one suggestion.
- I understand your frustration.
- I am no longer required to say any particular thing about what you should do with your money.
- I still believe everyone who listens to a public radio station should make a contribution to that station.
- When assessing the status of your contribution, consider everything MPR does, not just this incident.
Some people wrote to say the word “icon” appeared in a headline in the Star Tribune’s online edition over a few lines about me. What can I say? It used to be that achieving icon status took some doing. Since computers came along, everyone has an icon, so I guess anyone can be an icon.
But if you didn’t notice, you should be aware that YOU received a compliment from MPR’s top blogger, the brilliant, funny, totally iconic Bob Collins in his News Cut blog on Thursday.
Dale’s Trial Balloon blog is one of the finest pieces of online writing in the Twin Cities. There’s no other online community in the region that has been consistently as participatory and intelligent as that one. It was, as the name implies, a Trial Balloon. A great one. The good news: He’ll continue it — as Trail Baboon — on his own Web site.
What was the most meaningful compliment you ever received?