Update on esrati.com – or why I’ve been so quiet

The bozo meter finally was broken. That feature that allowed you to vote, bozo or brilliant- and hide the stupdity (even my own) in comments, hadn’t been updated in a year.

We’ve found a new ratings plugin, that also handles subscriptions. Going back to import the votes on old comments seemed like way too much work. So, sorry, a new chapter in voting has begun. It also manages subscriptions, so when old posts are commented on, old subscribers may not get comment notifications.

The HTML editor for the comments, hadn’t been updated in 2 years.

So, change comes to esrati.com, hopefully, you like it.

And, well, I still have a full-time job running a small advertising agency, teach a monthly seminar (you can sign up now for next Wednesday), and take care of my 88 year old mother who is sliding down the dementia rabbit hole.

And, the Dayton Public Schools reissued their RFP (Request for Proposal) for a marketing contractor as an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) that was due today, not that they know how to put together an RFP or RFQ  for creative services. The first one was so badly constructed that they couldn’t accept the choice of the purchasing department, and the second was a massive cut and paste of things that “sounded good” to someone who has never hired an ad agency in their life. Of course, after skewering the board for their incompetence, the likelihood of being the chosen agency is probably nil, but, if this district wants to turn things around- we’re probably the best fit IMHO. Time will tell.

On top of all of this, I, like many of my liberal friends, are thinking Caligula was just returned to power today. Talking about the sorry state of local affairs while the foundations of this country are at risk seems almost pointless.

In 8 days, I’ll have owned my house in South Park 31 years. I used to have a huge party every year to celebrate, but, for now, the party is off. After losing my dad last August, and having mom here in body only, it just doesn’t seem like a time to celebrate.

But, don’t worry- I’ve got some more stories to tell, that you will read in the Dayton Daily news three or so days after I publish them.

Stay tuned. And remember, while you’re wearing shorts tomorrow in January- global warming is a hoax, and you drain the swamp by filling it with bigger alligators.

Cheers.

 

Why not this year?

This year was “the year” to run for City Commission. An open seat, and the weakest commissioner on the ballot in Matt Joseph. Other than a special election, it doesn’t get any easier to run.

We had a whole bunch of people say they were going to run, but I wasn’t one of them.

At the beginning of the year, my then 87-year-old father was facing very dangerous surgery. I was going to have a hernia repair, and my parents were no longer going to drive. I had enough on my plate- but, I was also considering taking some 23-year-old advice and running for school board. (Abner Orick suggested I should run for school board before I ran for Mayor- you know- the Joey D. Williams route to an anointed lifetime seat). But, I can see the writing on the wall- in the next two years the State of Ohio is going to come into Dayton and throw our schools under the bus and wrest control from the local board- and frankly, there won’t be much we can do. I’ve given my advice on how to fix Dayton Public on this blog- and got very little support or discussion about totally revamping the calendar- and changing the way we do school- and without a team to run, with a seven member board, it was going to be an exercise in futility.

Some of you have noticed, I’m not posting as frequently. It’s not because there isn’t just as much to write about, but it’s about what I’ve decided to do to make change happen. I’ve been working on a book- about how to transform politics in the United States via a system to lessen the impact of unlimited money and to improve voter literacy. It’s also a handbook on how things really work or don’t work in our system. The goal is to release it during next year’s presidential primary free-for-all. It’s already at about 15,000 words- and the target is over 85,000. I’m enjoying myself writing it- and the few people whom I’ve shared it with have liked it.

I’ve also refocused my “community service” back into my neighborhood- working with Kate Ervin and her amazing Dayton Time Bank, doing a neighborhood soccer program, and still hanging green basketball nets for anyone who calls 985-1312 and asks for one in the City of Dayton.

I plan on running again for Dayton City Commission in 2 years, but a lot will depend on my parents’ health.

There are some major articles I want to write for this blog- that I have a good start on. Like the real truth about the competence of our economic development efforts, the puppetmasters behind the curtain, regionalism, and exposing a major force in this community as an organization that should be charged with racketeering and federal contract fraud, but- all in due time.

I’m also interested in working more with veterans, and veterans’ issues- now that my beloved VOB108 has been turned into a grant-chasing organization instead of a viable business networking group/voice for veterans.

There is also the Bernie Sanders campaign, which deserves all of our support, as the first candidate who isn’t working for corporate interests. I plan on working hard to get Bernie, the best politician money CAN’T buy, elected in 2016.

Thank you to so many of you who have read, commented and even written wonderful poetry on this blog over the last 10+ years. I view this site as much yours as mine. You’ve contributed at least 10x the words that make this site work.

Those of you whom I’ve met through this site- I am forever grateful for making your acquaintance. Those of you who’ve hired my firm or bought printing from my firm- that you discovered via this blog- an even greater thank you. And, to the mysterious “Ice Bandit”- if you ever decide to put up a site with more of your poems like this one, or this one, or even this one (you’ll have to scroll to the comments) – I’ll be your biggest fan. Your poetry in my comments section is the best reward I could ever ask for. I’d love to buy you lunch sometime- at CJ Chan’s of course.

 

 

New look for Esrati.com

Just letting all our loyal readers know, with the advent of WordPress 4.0 our old theme wasn’t allowing comments, forced us to do a quick presto changeo to a new theme.

Good news is it’s fully responsive- so, your mobile experience should improve.

If there are any problems- or you notice anything wonky- leave a comment or drop us an email please (contact on side of page).

Thank you for your patience through the switch.

 

Full disclosure file: DPS hires The Next Wave

Some may think hell hath frozen over. Others may scream, rant and yell. But, to be fair- I’ve never been elected, I’m not a public figure, and believe it or not, my firm is damn good at what we do.

Dayton Public Schools- the Superintendent Lori Ward with the approval knowledge (update) of the School Board,  has hired The Next Wave (my small ad agency) on a one-shot P.O. to provide “Marketing and creative services to improve enrollment process for DPS including redesigning forms for digital completion, brochures, posters, direct mail as needed strategy and website”

The amount is $5,000 and the work is to be completed by June 30th.

I’ll post the PO if asked- it’s public record.

Will this bias my reporting of the Dayton Public Schools? Honestly- it’s difficult to do both, but since you don’t pay to read this- I don’t really care. My interests are in improving this city- and the city schools first and foremost. It’s why I’ve probably spent thousands of hours writing on this site- going to meetings, running for office, etc.

I’m not clearing this post with the superintendent or the school board. During the time that this is in effect- anything else I’ll write about DPS will be either commentary on published reports, or public information that I don’t feel is getting out about DPS. I will talk to the superintendent about the posts before they go up. I will also disclose my relationship with DPS in any post mentioning them.

And, again- remember, you read it here first. The DDN missed this.

Let the screaming begin- and bundle up (btw- it did get noticeably cooler this week- didn’t it….)

Now you can + 1 posts

Just added a Google “Plus 1” or +1  link to the site. This is a way to tell your friends about the post- and if you think they should check this out. It also works on the site (which is where I think you should start).

The idea is that when you search for things- you will see if anyone in your circle of influence (friends, contacts etc.) has already liked something in your search results.

Watch this short video about Google Plus 1- and then give it a try.