Of Wyoming, more classes and news photography …


When this letter to Ellen and Reid was written last week I was just plain exhausted. It shows in writing that is more uninventive than usual.

Push is coming to shove on newspapering. I love it dearly – I am completely, utterly and totally all in on it – but it can’t keep on like this. There are so many other competing interests and things to do. I just need to suck it up to deliver another brand of news.


May 10, 2016

Ellen/Reid: That was such good news about Kristin and Delsin. He strikes me as such a really good guy. Thanks for the suggestion to contact her, Ellen. She got right back to me. Another nice wedding at Plymouth, no doubt. That will be a good bash, that’s for sure.

Reid, we need to talk about Wyoming, stat. It looks right now that with the newspaper still in the picture, there won’t be time for a leisurely drive. I’ll fly out to Jackson, probably on that Thursday, July 21. I’ll get the tickets for you and Liz so make your plans right away. We should probably plan to arrive early in the day and we can drive down together to Pinedale to the Baymont Inn. Not entirely sure where Tom and Vince and Katie will fly in to. Salt Lake City most likely, then they can take the northern route up through Rock Springs. We’d fly out on Saturday, July 30. The Osprey I used last year would fit Liz just fine and I can take the Gregory. Both fly rods would make the trip, too. But let’s talk sooner than later about the plans.

I babysit this Saturday night for little Evelyn. My next door neighbor Mary Beth has some camera programmed into her iPad so I can sit on my couch and monitor the sleeping baby from the comfort of my couch. It’ll be fun. She’s a sweet little girl.

Signed on to teach several more classes at Central Piedmont Community College. Two on news writing and the other on writing letters. They twisted my arm about a blogging class which is okay but I did recommend another guy, Brett Bumeter, who is a real techie to teach a more advance blogging class while I’ll stick to teaching the introductory class. That will work out much better for the students since they would’ve of learned next to nothing from me on the advanced portion of blogs.

The newspaper thing is settling down into more of a routine but I’m still spending two or three times the number of hours that were originally intended. I end up writing about half the 24 pages since my writers are just coming up to speed. Lots of road miles from here to there just to provide basic news coverage and take photos for my writers who can’t get there.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of newspaper photography. I spend a lot of time in Mint Hill on ‘spot’ news and shots like this to support the stories of my writers who can’t make it to town.

Tonight’s another long night of page layout. I’ll have to get up about 5 a.m. to proof the issue before it heads to the press. Mercifully, this edition is only 20 pages. It’s still very enjoyable and creatively a challenge but if they buy more newspapers my work load will go up exponentially.

Plan to put the Harley in the paper sometime this week. Need to get a good photo of it and come up with some snappy copy. It’s a pretty clean bike and the price ought to be right for someone who wants a Road King with leather bags, not the plastic stuff. Someone should save about $5K over the cost of a new ride.

My workout at the Y this morning was just tortuous. It was one of those days when you step on the elliptical and immediately want to pull the plug on the machine. I kept watching the clock drag on and on which made matters worse. I’ve never been so glad to step off it. Maybe it’s a sign that a day off here and there wouldn’t be an entirely bad thing.

A friend of mine, Ted, will go fishing with me in Charleston two weeks from today. That will be a great thing to take someone down for a change. All he needs is a fishing kayak which will be done in short order. He’s a great guy but let’s hope his presence will be a good luck talisman for this little near-shore adventure.

Okay, I’ve got two stories to write today of about 1,000 words each. With any luck those will go by pretty quickly and I can still squeeze in a short nap later in the day. It’s an old guy thing.

Love, Dad

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