Russell’s Ramblings

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A Trip to Pleasantville

pleasantvilleThe other night I caught a movie on TV starring Tobey McGuire called “Pleasantville“.  These days most of us think of Tobey as Spiderman.  Similar to the Back to the Future flicks with Michael J. Fox, Tobey takes a trip back to the 1950’s.  The premise of the 1998 movie is two teenagers, through the wizardry of science, are transported into a 1950s sitcom.  They land in Pleasantville where everything is black and white with a touch of gray. Life is slow and easy in Pleasantville. It’s always 70 degrees and sunny.  The undefeated high school basketball team never misses a basket and Mr. Johnson’s Malt Shop is always open to serve up your favorite cheeseburger. Things are pretty routine in the small town where lover’s lane is confined to hand holding and the biggest challenge for the fire department is rescuing a kitten from a tree.

The Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce spends most of its time repainting the “Welcome” sign and conducting the Annual Pancake Breakfast.  There is no economic downturn and no unemplopyment.  There are no traffic jams to contend with; no problems with overcrowding at the schools; no single-parent families or marital discourse.  There is no life outside of Pleasantville, where the population never changes and no one ever visits.  To the citizens who live there, there is only Pleasantville. So what is there not to like about this idealistic setting?pleasantville rainbow

There’s no color in the trees. There is nothing diverse or unique about the people. Nothing unexpected ever happens.  Perhaps the best thing about our life is that we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. We can plan for our future and shape our destiny but we must accept the fact that tomorrow will be different than today. Our team won’t make every basket and it just might rain tomorrow.  Things might not come easy to us but the rewards make the effort worthwhile. There are some who would rather live in Pleasantville, but not me. I’d rather face a day with unbridled opportunities than to know what’s going to happen.  I’ll work to tackle the challenges we face and feel good when we overcome them. Give me the unexpected over the routine any day. You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain. Besides,we seem to spend more time at the Lake Norman Chamber creating new signs rather than repainting them and our Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs already have a pancake breakfast.


August 12, 2009 Posted by | Chamber of Commerce | , , , | Leave a comment