By Rich Figel
Our new Career Changers TV show starts airing Thurs., July 1 at 8:30 PM on OC16. After that, you'll still be able to catch it daily at different times for the entire month (click here for viewing schedule on the CCTV website).
In this episode, we wanted to share some positive news and have a little fun as well. The daily headlines are bleak enough, right? So we did a segment on the great work being done by Goodwill Industries, and went out to their new career training center in Kapolei. Every day, they help clients who are dealing with mental or physical challenges, youth at risk, and folks who are just having a really tough time. If not for Goodwill's assistance, I think many of their clients could have wound up being among the homeless we've been hearing so much about of late.
We're also introducing a new feature we hope will make viewers smile: long-time humor columnist Charley Memminger makes his first appearance as a CCTV contributor. Sort of like "a few minutes with Andy Rooney" -- if Andy were 30 years younger and less cranky. Actually, Charley has a reputation for being somewhat curmudgeonly himself. In reality, he's a pretty easy going guy. He is also a talented screenwriter.
A few years ago when the Maui Writers Conference used to have a screenwriting contest that was judged by movie and TV producers, agents and managers, Charley took the top prize with his feature film script. I came in second place -- curse you, Memminger! There were about 600 entries from all over the country, and it was the first (and only) time Hawaii writers placed in the top three. As a result of connections he made through the MWC contest, he got a gig writing for BAYWATCH HAWAII. Unfortunately, "Babewatch" was cancelled before any of the episodes he worked on got produced.
Anyway, my blog headline is a reference to a very funny book by Nick Hornby (also wrote HIGH FIDELITY and ABOUT A BOY), which is narrated by a woman doctor who considers herself to be a decent person. Her husband is a cranky newspaper columnist, described as the angriest man in his town. His pieces remind me a little of Charley's rants... er, columns. Then the husband has an epiphany: instead of complaining about stuff that bugs him, he's going to actually do something to help his fellow man.
What he does is try to convince his neighbors to take in homeless people. In theory, as good Christians, isn't that what we're supposed to do? Of course, this does not sit well with his wife who tends to sick people all day. Nor does it sit well with neighbors who don't want homeless people living next door. The book makes you examine your own values and the limits of good intentions.
So next time you pass a Goodwill or Salvation Army store, think about the good work they do -- and how any one of us could wind up among the less fortunate due to circumstances beyond our control. Also, if you're looking for a fun read, Nick Hornby's HOW TO BE GOOD is available in paperback.
Lastly, please watch Career Changers TV! It's on every day, so you have no excuse not to DVR it. Besides, we promised Charley we would try to help sell his book on our show... won't you think of the poor unemployed writers in Hawaii?
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