It’s been awhile since I’ve treated all you fine people to a new word, so here’s one… We’ve got it crazygood (another word I made up) over here at Luling Main Street. Whatever do I mean? Well, for one, things are really looking up around here. Remember what it looked like around here 30 years ago? 10 years ago? Or even 3 years ago? We surely can’t take credit for a lot of it, but look around… the list of Luling improvements is long. Sure, we have the whole “erosion of goodwill throughout our society” aspect that we all have to contend with out there, but that is pretty much the same wherever you go… so I’m not counting that. Although things are trending towards “crazygood” around here, what I’m really referring to is this opportunity to bring you “It’s a Main Street Thing…” every week. When I sit back and think about it, I just have to say we are extremely ligginfrucky (another word I made up) to be able to have this particular medium to say all the things we need to say, want to say, or ever hope to say… and have our thoughts tossed out there every Thursday afternoon for you all to contemplate. The true gravity of it didn’t really register at first, but I’ve now come to realize that this opportunity we’ve been given to be able to weasel our way into your living rooms every week has absolutely been a priceless gift. It has become an awesome way to keep you all posted on what we are up to and share our little world as we see it. When the Newsboy asked if we wanted to do this column, I never figured we could fill it up every single week like we have. But honestly, how many of you had any idea what Luling Main Street was a couple years ago, or knew anything about what we were trying to do? I guess what I’m really trying to say is that we don’t take this opportunity we’ve been given lightly. It has been a godsend to be able to praise, gripe, preach, cheer, goad, wonder, ask, tell, chide, deride, honor, celebrate, complain, highlight, showcase, thank, brag, educate, and share all of our thoughts on a myriad of topics. (just for meanness I wanted to go on longer, but those are all I could come up with…) Anyways, many thanks to the Luling Newsboy for allowing us to stir the pot every week! Hopefully you find it somewhat entertaining and actually search it out every week. But hopefully at the very least you are a little more informed about the goings on in our little town when you accidently stumble across our column every week.
With all that being said… I guess it’s now time to get back in Luling-Opoly mode for a little bit. Surely by now everyone knows what I am talking about so I’m not going to waste much more of your precious time talking about WHAT this project is. But just in case we have a few stragglers who’ve been out of the country for the last couple weeks and haven’t had the opportunity to watch The Today Show, Fox News or CNN to see what all the hubbub is about… This is a custom Monopoly game designed for Luling where the properties, tokens, deed cards ect., will showcase and celebrate our community’s heritage and way of life. The response has been astounding and the 46 available opportunities to be involved in this game were snatched up very quick and have all sold out. It has absolutely hurt my soul to turn away people who also wanted to participate, – but due to the nature of this game there are only so many spots available. Anyhow, our next step is gathering up logos from local business owners and local entities, so we can place their brand into the Luling-Opoly experience somehow. So now is the time for those lucky entities who did get in, to forward us your logos, slogans, or whatever company information you want to highlight, so we can stay on task with the game designers and stay within their timelines. We are reaching out to all participants as we speak, but just in case we haven’t caught up with you yet… anyone who bought an advertising spot can call and ask for me at the number below so we can discuss how to showcase your organization in Luling-Opoly.
Also, please remember that we are now compiling a list of preorders for the actual games. Several companies have preordered bulk quantities of games so they can hand them out to customers, clients, vendors and employees ect. So please help us with this so we can be sure to order enough for everyone who wants one. We aren’t collecting payments yet. Just trying to make sure we have a good handle on how many we ultimately need. – So as I close this week’s offering of “It’s a Main Street Thing… I want to say thanks again to all of those who quickly jumped on this opportunity… and… many apologies to those who were left out.
“We have a strategic plan… it’s called doing things…” – Herb Kelleher
-Derek Hall, Luling Main Street Manager