Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 223: Meatstick moves! Tonight on NBC.

In the video below, you'll see thousands of good people in Georgia who have stood in line in 90 degree head to get their hands on an application for public housing.




The first thought I had was, "Isn't there a better way to get an application? Drop off a stack at the local library for heavensakes people. Or at the post office. Or at the grocery store. Or, if one is somewhat technically savvy, have a form available online." If you look at the video, people are handing them out one by one.
"99 applications on the wall, 99 applications. Take one down, pass it around, 98 applications on the wall."
There is a better way. And I'm aware that there are bigger issues here, like the current economic crisis,  poverty, desperation, starvation, depression. Yet I focus on how to hand out papers.

This would never happen at LAX. For all the flack people give LAX for long security lines, at least they get those thousands and thousands of people standing orderly in the right lines and get them on the planes every single day. And, they put the fear of God in you if you're not in the right line.

You got one paper to hand out in Georgia and this is how you do it? One by one? In a parking lot? What?

But, handing out papers inefficiently leads to crowds, which leads to coverage on NBC. Maybe it was brilliant move, to hand out a stack of papers one by one.

As my friend Bruce says when describing himself and his friends...

Meatsticks.

The paper-hander-outters in Georgia?

Meatsticks.

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