Boiled Frogs with Mock Toast
The perfect political candidate would result from the unholy union of Elmer Fudd and Jeffrey Dahmer - a cute sociopath who never gives up. A person who everyone likes, though they don't know why, and who can single-mindedly pursue a goal without regard to the destruction around him. Boiled Frogs with Mock Toast is the story of what happens when we squeeze leadership from uninterested friends. More
The perfect political candidate would result from the unholy union of Elmer Fudd and Jeffrey Dahmer - a cute sociopath who never gives up. A person who everyone likes, though they don't know why, and who can single-mindedly pursue a goal without regard to the destruction around him.
There is nothing worse than a redneck with a lot of money. They quickly confuse success with capacity, they become arrogant, they begin to believe that they are adored by the people around them, - or at least that they are respected, and that is enough. In small cities, elections are swayed in favor of those with influence and city council seats are bequeathed (or bought) rather than won. The same families stay in charge, they continue their dirty deals, they steer city money toward their private ventures, continue in the name of “progress,” while they become fat. Nothing ever changes.
Evan has a good job, good friends, and very little to worry about. In fact, none of the people who live in the village have much to worry about, really. When was it then, that the impulse to shake the tree became so pervasive? Was it really a sense of social responsibility? Was there really a debt owed to those who had no voice? Aren’t they the same people who don’t care enough to speak up? Evan has too much at stake to take overt risks or public positions on the proposals for new development projects, it is too hard to pluck the ones that will really hurt from the ones that are really needed. His position as a biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s endangered species division gives him an insight to the upcoming plans, he knows what’s coming, and he knows who is behind it.
The village is a tight knit group, they have know each other for a more than a decade; long enough to know each other well, long enough to know what each other is capable of, and what they are really capable of tolerating. Evan knows very well what Desmond cares about, and what he doesn’t. He understands what his best friends want and what they feel obligated to do. But this time it may be worth pushing the line, it may be worth risking friendship for principle. What he needs is a champion, what they all need is someone who cares enough to step up. . . or someone who really doesn’t care what anyone thinks- that might work just as well.
Since they don’t have the perfect candidate, they will have to create one.
A humorous and honest peek into the real lives and relationships of modern men, Boiled Frogs with Mock Toast is about taking the time to notice what is going on in the face of the overwhelming boredom of responsible living. It is the story of what happens when we squeeze leadership from reluctant friends, and create expectations where they never existed. It is the story of those who care, and of those who don’t care if you do.