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What word would you use to describe Janesville?

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Greg Peck
November 9, 2012

I hesitated to write this blog, knowing how so many commenters, hiding behind their anonymity, are bent on negativity. But we can’t solve a community’s problems by burying our heads in the sand, right? So here goes.

My wife, Cheryl, and I were watching a movie the other night, “Eat Pray Love.” Yes, I know, it's a “chick flick.” I can enjoy some such movies, though this 2010 film wasn’t among my favorites. In one scene, actress Julia Roberts and some of the other leading characters were dining at an outdoor café and discussing how they’d describe various big cities.

For London, one suggested “stuffy.” Stockholm, “conform.” New York, “ambition” and “soot.” Rome, “sex.”

I thought about my hometown of Marshall, a village in Dane County, and immediately came up with “simple.” Cheryl suggested “quaint.”

I thought of Madison and immediately thought of “liberal” and “exciting.”

Cheryl used “exciting,” as well as “fun” and “awesome,” to describe Chicago.

What one word would you use to describe Janesville? Why?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook



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