Whenever I blog about how boring Salem, Oregon is, there's a pretty good chance someone will leave a comment along the lines of "Your negativity about the town you live in is getting old...like you."
Well, today I stood up for Salem when someone snarkily commented on the Oregonian's story about "Salemia," our film response to "Portlandia." This guy, bruceabishop, said:
Having both lived and worked there previously, it's obvious to me that it should be pronounced "Sa-Lame-Ya", with the accent on the middle syllable.
That deserved a fierce response, an energetic defense of Salem's non-lameness. So I replied:
Hey, bruceabishop, you're way off base calling my city "Sal-Lame-Ya," WAY off base. There's lots of exciting, creative, artistic, entertaining stuff to do in Salem. For example...
Um. OK. Just a second. I need some time to think...
It's coming. Almost got it. Damn! Slipped out of my mind. Wait, wait... the thought will come back. Oh, now I know what I was wanting to say.
My wife and I can get to a freeway on-ramp in just a few minutes. Then it's easy for us to get to Portland, Eugene, the coast, the Cascades. Gotcha! There's plenty to do in Salem. All you need is a car and enough gas to drive 60-90 minutes.
Hope this silences those who feel that I don't give Salem enough credit for... something or other.