Town Square

The role of a FOOL

Original post made by Halamo, Alamo, on Sep 17, 2007

Dear Dolores,

It must be quite depressing for Danville to not have a Town Fool.

A town succeeds by the ability of its community to seek answers beyond the limits of cultural and social restrictions on town residents. The town fool accepts the role of asking those difficult questions, proposing exceptional answers and seeking very exceptional response from our governments and public leaders.

Within our cultural limits, we must rely on the town fool to be our voice is seeking revelation of community reality. Certainly, no resident, within cultural limits, should be expected to perform such community duties. Thus, we turn to the fool and proudly I seek to warrant that title in Alamo.

Maybe I could work weekends in Danville?




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Posted by Melinda Jenkins, Morro Bay
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 18, 2007 at 7:17 pm

I miss many things in Alamo including a group of neighbors that cared enough to create the many neighborhood groups. But, today, as I read the edgy humor of Hal Bailey once again, I truly miss the ability of our community to laugh at the politics around us.

There were so many good reasons to move to the central coast wine country, but I hope those in Alamo can celebrate the reasons to stay. Except for the more public portion of Alamo, the neighborhood culture is filled with good humor and a bright ability to see the humor around us. We have been joined together by our laughter. It defines who we were, are, and how we will be in the future.

Care deeply and laugh loudly is the message,


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Posted by Vince Kreigher
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 20, 2007 at 11:39 am

Celebrating tomfoolery Alamo-style has existed since the beginnings of the Alamo Town Fool, an e-chain for Alamo humorists, in the 1990's. We are now spread beyond Alamo, but still enjoy all the humor that is politics in Alamo.

We giggle and laugh at the thought of incorporation for Alamo because, finally, the self-proclaimed leadership of Alamo will find out once and for all that they are not in-charge and never were.

Keep us laughing, Halamo!


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Posted by Chris Jenkins
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 20, 2007 at 5:19 pm

Maybe I don't get the humor, Uncle Vince, but Alamo is on a course to become a community designed by a select group. It does not matter if it is the Board of Supervisors, their MAC, or an autonomous town council, we will continue to be victimized in our neighborhoods by Alamo politics.

What is funny in that?


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Posted by Jane Taylor
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 21, 2007 at 8:11 am

Some history for Christine.

I have been around Alamo since before the Iron Horse Trail and have seen politics among the few be part of Alamo and Danville for 27 years. Our history doesn't change because our majority has not been actively in-charge of their neighborhoods and community.

We let a handful of people, with their self-interests, direct us and that is what these fools are laughing at.



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Posted by Werner Rauch
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 9, 2007 at 7:48 pm

The role of a fool is not foolish at all.

We have enjoyed our humorous review of regional politics and, more clearly, enjoyed Hal Bailey's ability to lead the laughter. As we, one by one, moved away from Alamo, I can understand how Hal and very few, very wise fools still maintain the humor lost on the remaining population.

I shall always appreciate the tomfoolery of our humor that so clearly defined politics in Alamo and our region. The laughter can still be heard from Gold Hill California.

Many thanks fellow fools,


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Posted by Forest Warn
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 12, 2007 at 12:57 pm

Tomfoolery, at its best, in my opinion, only looks like tomfoolery. In speech and writing, such tomfoolery should have considered commentary carefully laid between the lines.

Let us celebrate that the Forest does not disquise the trees and put forth our tomfoolery with carefully considered commentary, one and all.

Fore Warn