Can a Fish Reel in a Talk-Show Host to Bremerton?

Will Monson's humor require he board a boat for Bremerton?
When I mentioned KIRO-Radio’s Dori Monson’s back-handed compliment to Bremerton from December, I failed to include something else he said that day. Monson told his audience, introducing whimsy of his own into his show, that if the fish statue appeared to be getting the upper hand on the fisherman statue, he would come over to Bremerton and bring family members. Here is the quote from Dec. 17:

“You know what, I would make a special trip to Bremerton if the fish was catching the fisherman just so I could delight in the whimsy. I’d take all my girls over there and we’d stand and ‘Oh ho ho look honey. Usually fishermen catch fish. Here in Bremerton the fish (wait for it) the fish is catching the fisherman.’ And then we would titter with glee with the whimsy.”

So what if it was said in jest. As a former college roommate once told me, “There is a lot of truth in humor.”

As readers of this site know, the fish is catching the fisherman now on those statues at Fourth Street and Pacific Avenue. So who willissue the invite to Mr. Monson to see if he will jump aboard a ferry with his daughters so he prove he is a man of his word?

Listen for yourself:

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4 thoughts on “Can a Fish Reel in a Talk-Show Host to Bremerton?

  1. “So who will issue the invite to Mr. Monson to see if he will jump aboard a ferry with his daughters so he prove he is a man of his word?”

    I will.

    Dori, please come to Bremerton and laugh at the whimsy with which our government is spending our money. Then, please, go back to Seattle, get on the radio, and ridicule this for the waste it is.

  2. Steven, If you listen to the entire program, Dori Monson is not being serious when he says he would bring his daughters to Bremerton to see the statues. He is being sarcastic about “whimsical art.” He says he would come over to see the statue and then be whimsical. The City Councilman did a very poor job of justifying the statues. His justification was that if Bremerton did not spend the money, then another city would get the money. That’s just immoral. because someone else is a thief, does that mean you need to be a thief?

  3. @BlueLight: It’s not enough to issue the invitation here. As much as I would like to think Mr. Monson reads our site, I’m not sure even a Google alert to it would make him pay any notice. No. The invitation needs to be made to something he actually reads, like his e-mail. And it cannot come from me. With my commitment to “Olympian objectivity” and all, I cannot be a cheerleader for Bremerton.

    @Michael: I know he was joking. I indicated that I knew he was joking when I wrote, “So what if it was said in jest.”

    Steven Gardner
    Kitsap Caucus first trumpet

  4. The saddest part that is indelibly burned into my brain is the fact that I was actually at the city council meeting were the council debated and voted on whether it should be the fisherman catching the fish or vice versa as if not getting it right was going to be the end of the world. Well, only the end of the Bremerton World….all four blocks of it anyways. I say, just fence it all off the whole dang thing and make room for the free-range chicken herds.

    Colleen Smidt
    Published Bremerton Cheerleader and Anti-fish Art Advocate

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