The Land of Oz: It’s Time to Peruse the Summer Electronic Mailbag

Derek Osborn is the Executive Director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa by trade and a writer by hobby. He lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife, Lynn, and their daughters, Savannah and Anica.     Derek Osborn is the Executive Director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa by trade and a writer by hobby. He lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife, Lynn, and their daughters, Savannah and Anica.     Derek Osborn

Welcome to summer in West Alabama, where the humidity levels are surpassed only by the number of orange barrels decorating the city. 

A couple of times a year, I dig into the old electronic mailbag for random questions I get from inquiring minds throughout the community. Some of them are serious. Some of them, well, not so much. 

If you are ever inclined, you can shoot me rando questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Maybe one day, if the stars misalign and you are incredibly unlucky, I’ll answer yours for the world (of Tuscaloosa) to see.  So, without further ado 

Derek, what are your thoughts on Avengers: Endgame? - Jamie T.

I thought it was a fitting end to some great storytelling and absolute genius marketing. Disney has maximized the Marvel franchise to its fullest extent, and they’re not done yet. 

They spent a lot of time on character development in this film, which seemed slow at times, but necessary to bring it all to climax. Without Hulk and Thor, portions of it would have teetered on the verge of boring. But it didn’t.  

 

Oz… if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? -Larry P.

I’ve never considered it, Larry. But great, thought-provoking question. I guess I would be a palm tree: skinny, sitting on a beach all day, a symbol of relaxation, with a full head of hair (palms). So, basically everything I’m not.   

 

Is Tuscaloosa traffic ever going to get better? -Nina K.

Yes. But not tomorrow. We grew too fast, and the infrastructure just can’t handle the load when there are 40,000 students here. Everybody complains about the roads. Everybody complains when you fix the roads. That’s just human nature. 

Things will improve, but we also need to accept the fact that we are not a small college town anymore, and that traveling from point A to point B is going to take more time than it used to, with or without decorative orange cones. 

 

Derek… rumor is you are considering making a political run. Is it true, and what would your platform be? -James K.  

LOL. The answer is “absolutely not.” If I was asked to serve because of a need due to an untimely death or retirement, I would definitely consider it. And I never say “never,” but I also don't have political aspirations. 

If I had a platform, it would revolve around being able to understand differing points of view to achieve common ground and actually accomplish things, which is admittedly a lot easier said than done. We waste a lot of time and money in Washington these days. I’m not a big fan of waste.  

I tweet insignificant things @ozborn34.       

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