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Re: “VMFA Purchases Historic Kehinde Wiley Monument Based on Confederate Statue

To those of you who see this as an unsettled direction VMFA has embarked upon, I urge you to reconsider your donations and to apply your monies elsewhere. Where those monies will do more good. Elsewhere that makes no mockery of Virginia history and does not even attempt to redefine that which is indisputable history of our forefathers and our respect for them as to where we have come. The biggest issue here is Valerie Oliver and realizing that one's fit for any position reflects on the institution she represents. A better fit would be the Black History Museum at the Leigh St. Armory in Jackson Ward. But could Valerie get along with Museum Director Adele Johnson? And would Adele agree that Valerie would be a better fit under (Adele's) command as a subordinate? Could Valerie take orders from Adele? It's unique that Adele says she's gotten younger, feels younger, after moving downtown. And Adele and her husband enjoy eating out so Valerie you may run into them at some of Richmond's finest restaurants. Unlike VMFA, the Black History Museum is not a horse with blinders having accepted (with "some" discussion) a KKK robe now on display. My vote goes for Adele and her fit for the Black History Museum having come out of retirement to accept the position. Certainly beats that of a former program specialist grants administrator which I equate as a grunt performing assembly line tasks. Right, Valerie? Get with it VMFA. The time is now. To make those changes that will ensure your respect in our community. There are those who make things happen, there are those who watch things happen, then there are those who wonder what happened.

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Posted by 1Ronald on 06/22/2019 at 6:25 PM

Re: “VMFA Purchases Historic Kehinde Wiley Monument Based on Confederate Statue

VMFA needs to do some soul searching, reflect on where they are now, and realize it's past time for Valerie to move on. Past time. Alex needs to do some leading within the parameters of the Museum's contextual past. Or take the first train out. VMFA must further realize they've become VMFAA and know the reality of casting aside those donors that not only create viability and sustainability but are keys to VMFA's continuance within the well established meaning where they once stood. If this requires dumping the current Board or making creative changes within the Board and you know who needs to go that will ensure the Museum's continuance, you need to further realize big time the clock is ticking. Part of this is asking "How did we get here?" and "How do we get out of this mess? without alienating further your Bottom Line of donors many of whom are more than fed up with this sorry state of affairs. If no one could see this coming and I find this difficult to believe, let's take off the blinders and regain that clear vision of the past that earned you the respect of the community and grew you to this stage of undoing.

12 likes, 31 dislikes
Posted by 1Ronald on 06/22/2019 at 12:19 AM

Re: “VMFA Purchases Historic Kehinde Wiley Monument Based on Confederate Statue

The local paper makes no mention of this "mystery" private donor and reveals it as museum funded with such statements as, "It is the most expensive acquisition we've ever made in our history." And also, "The acquisition is funded by an endowment of private donations, not state money." Private donations. So those of you out there who really appreciate art, and who among us doesn't, and want to feel you're contributing to a greater good, well folks, this is it. This is where your money has gone. Like it or not.

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Posted by 1Ronald on 06/21/2019 at 12:58 AM

Re: “Chain of Thought

Those comforting guilty pleasures are what keep us returning and asking for more. Each restaurant has its niche and that special menu item that we love. But one of my biggest beefs is the laziness of staff behind the counter when approaching closing time. I could say some staff or some restaurants but ran into this twice in one night and finally gave up and went home. Hungry. Two different restaurants. If you close at 9 pm, if you display to the world outside that bright can't miss "OPEN" sign, then be ready to get to it when a customer enters. Especially when the restaurant has 15 minutes before closing time. Don't tell me the fryer is down and off for cleaning and no fries will accompany any sandwich because it simply is not going to happen. You don't want it to happen because you want to leave early. You want to leave when the restaurant closes not after it closes. You lose a sale and the customer leaves. And principals, the folks who have their money invested and expect to turn a profit, are clueless that this occurs. This destroys good will and sends customers to the competition if any have a more watchful eye to prevent these things from happening. You want a combo? Too bad. You want a more complete meal? Too bad. It's all about them.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by 1Ronald on 06/21/2019 at 12:42 AM

Re: “VMFA Purchases Historic Kehinde Wiley Monument Based on Confederate Statue

Re-contextualize? Is that what they're calling it? Some other names out there, too. This is what VMFA has become. Like it or not. Did the old folks die off? Or just shrugged and took a back seat? And no longer care. And every time I see someone with arms folded the gesture reeks with an unsettled mind and a failure to compete. And that "privately funded and costs an undisclosed sum," compromises the public's right to know of who and how much. They're still probably thinking this over. Even after the deed is done and when it's too late. Let's get that name and cost out there. And let the public decide its value.

18 likes, 62 dislikes
Posted by 1Ronald on 06/21/2019 at 12:29 AM

Re: “French Fry Frenzy

If they have good fries, and in this case waffle fries, it doesn't matter what their political leanings are. If you get choked up on this, you might find yourself getting real hungry. For no good reason. McDonald's has a niche and some might say "so yesterday." Before skin on. Before waffle. Did someone say Chick-fil-A? And for some reason crinkle cuts seem to have more flavor. Whether it's the valleys that take on the flavor, who knows? And Arby's is ok except you're locked into seasoned curly. And I agree potato wedges are not fries. Not even close. Remember Holly Farms? And Five Guys are good if you're not scared by their greasy soak through in those brown bags. And to those two abstaining critics, the snobs who feel they're too good for this comfort food and would easily turn their nose up to pomme frites, those Belgian style delectables, some across the pond would nod a familiar head to the ugly American. Me? Bring 'em on. Easy on the salt. Preferably with some French Fry dipping sauce you get at Walmart.

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Posted by 1Ronald on 06/18/2019 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Safe Spaces

There's the assumption if they ask to take (another) look you must be a sight to behold. Or they're extremely desperate. And they somehow feel you're an integral part to their subculture. Yes. But it does sound good. When you complain. To others. As if you're creating a demand by just saying it. Yes, again. I have no complaints with servers other than the time I was chastised for wanting to wear a condom and did. "You think I have a disease," she said.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by 1Ronald on 06/18/2019 at 3:52 PM

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