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The Boomtown Charter: Introduction

On May 18, 1884, the residents of what was once called Change, Washington, adopted the Boomtown Charter, establishing the town of Boomtown forever. Signed by Chang himself (founder of Chang’s Famous Fireworks Factory), the Charter and its 20 Articles have served as a guiding light for all of it’s past and present citizens. During boom times and bust times, the people have always been able to rely on the wisdom of the Articles to give them the inspiration they needed to endure and prosper.

It is now my pleasure to be able to share with you the 20 Articles of the Boomtown Charter. Each of them will be explained in separate articles and posted here on this blog over the next several weeks. I welcome your comments. Please let me know what you think.

And now, without further ado, I present the 20 Articles, listed in numerical order:

I.  For Best Results, Add Fireworks.
II.  Politeness and Civility Always.
III.  The Least Government is the Best Government.
IV.  Buy Local.
V.  Blow Something Up.
VI.  Exercise Restraint.
VII.  Mind Your Own Business, except…
VIII.  Look Out for Number Two.
IX.  Promote the Community, not Yourself.
X.  Respect Authority, Honor the Honorable.
XI.  Get Married, Stay Married.
XII.  Celebrate Cultures.
XIII.  Work Hard, Play Hard.
XIV.  Eat Well, Laugh Often.
XV.  Entertain the Mind, Elevate the Spirit.
XVI.  Invest in Education.
XVII.  Preservation First, Progress Second.
XVIII.  Reuse Everything.
XIX.  Own Less, Share More.
XX.  Show Mercy.

If you find inspiration in these principles, you may want to download your own copy of the Charter at the following link and display it proudly on your wall:  Download Boomtown Charter.

Finally, I had a certain 5th grader once say to me: “If everybody tried to do what the Charter says, the world would be a pretty cool place.”

I couldn’t agree more.

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Comment from Cici
Time September 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Hey, has Between the Folds been published or looked at yet? I can’t wait until it does. That book was amazing.

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