The idea for Worms in Ermine1, an experiment in rock opera, came about after a hotel manager in a southern Colorado city implored the city government to pay city workers no more than he paid the housekeeping staff at his hotel. He cited similar education and skill requirements for the positions.
Our take on this was, “How many people want the engineers responsible for clean water and our police and fire people to be paid less than minimum wage?” Don’t know about you, but I’d hate to see the people who protect our neighborhoods living on measly tips. Made me think a lot more about how I tip a hotel housekeeper too. Maybe the hotel manger should try minimum wage for a couple of years.
This place also gives us a place for some of our characters to get a chance to practice their a-hole-ness. WormsInErmine.blogspot.com
1 The title Worms in Ermine comes from a ballad of the mid-1800s by Rev. R.W. Huntley titled Walter Langley. The phrase was also used in a 1969 speech to the British Parliament by Mr. Michael Foote regarding the Exclusion of Peers by Succession.