Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Delicious, Moist Self-Righteousness

This post will offer nothing new in my ever growing list of annoyances at Edge 102. It will, however, deal with self-righteousness and an inability to swallow one's own medicine.

My opinion on Fearless Fred wavers - almost daily - between mild amusement and mild distaste. I don't find myself nearly as annoyed at him as I do Josie Dye or Adam, but I also don't enjoy listening to him as much as the Dean Blundell Show or Darrin Pfeiffer. But, he doesn't do a bad job, he even occasionally plays a song I haven't already heard nine times. He does delve a little pretentiously into his love of weed, comics, Battlestar Galactica and other geeky things on a regular basis, but it's his show. This piece of mail he received does a pretty good job of detailing how I feel about him.

Yesterday, however, I actually had a brief e-mail exchange with him. He had spent much of his day railing against the Stoner Chic crew that were celebrating April 20 mostly as an excuse to act like a badass because they smoke pot. Instead of walking around with their clever Canadian flags with the maple leaf replaced by a cannabis leaf on April 20, he suggested they do something constructive. One such constructive thing, he suggested, was to found a city, as Romulus supposedly did in 753 BC.

I, being generally inclined to be a know-it-all dork, looked up this fact, only to find that he was off by a day (Rome was generally accepted to have been founded on April 21).

The following e-mail exchange ensued:

From: The Mike Statement
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 3:28 PM
To: Fred Kennedy
Subject: Via Web: CFNYFM

Fred,

Rome is generally accepted to have been founded on April 21, NOT the 20th.

However, some pretty cool stuff did happen on the 20th (although some crappy stuff happened too, of course). Among others, Muhammad, George Takei, Andy Serkis, were born. Tiger Stadium and Fenway Park opened in 1912, the Cubs played their first game at what is now Wrigley Park in 1916, Apollo 16 landed on the moon (probably NOT aided by too much marijuana) and it's also celebrated in the Church of Scientology as L. Ron Hubbard Exhibition Day (which probably was).

Thank you for piquing my interest, leading me to look stuff up!

Cheers, Mike



From: Fred Kennedy
To: The Mike Statement
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 15:27:36 -0400
Subject: RE: Via Web: CFNYFM

735 B.C. According to the Roman historian Varro, Romulus founds the city of Rome.

I'm not 100% certain how his case was proven



From: The Mike Statement
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 3:58 PM
To: Fred Kennedy
Subject: RE: Via Web: CFNYFM

Everything I can find points to April 21, 753, to coincide with Pales' Festival.



From: Fred Kennedy
Sent: April 20, 2010 4:50:17 PM
To: The Mike Statement

Meh.

Can’t say I really care. Bloody Romans.

Fred



Fearless Fred, it seems, is unable to handle a dose of his own medicine. I hadn't intended the message to come off snarky at all, and I don't think it particularly did. Granted, my original e-mail was, more or less, completely pointless and purposeless, but he constantly harangues his listening audience for a lack of desire to engage in conversation, make discoveries, and raise awareness rather than just start some random Facebook group.

Considering that he is one of the few hosts whose discussions don't sound ripped directly out of People magazine or the Toronto Sun, I was a little taken aback. I was also taken aback by the fact that I'm pretty sure "Can't say I really care" isn't a valid response after the age of about 12.

And there you have it - today's trip to Mike's World of Delusion and Psychosis.

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