Thursday, April 26, 2007

A new toaster!

Well I finally did it. If you remember a posting from last August, you’d know I was thinking of getting a new toaster. Well I caved a couple of weeks ago, gave up a bunch of Airmiles and ordered my new appliance. It arrived today. I threw in an onion bagel and it was just fine, thanks.
I haven’t been in here for a few days because I have been extra busy making sure all goes well in the new job. The news stuff is easy, but I am struggling with the old Macintosh computer system… it’s click and wait, click and wait. I guess I have to have patience.
In other news today, I have a new blog. We’ve started up a newsroom blog to keep people in the loop on breaking stories. We are a twice-weekly paper. We don’t publish daily. But we are in the newsroom seven days a week, so we may as well keep our readers informed. That’s all for now. I think I will go make some toast and tea.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The press room

I kinda knew what was happening when I felt the floor shake a bit. It’s a feeling that brought back memories of those early winter mornings at the North Bay Nugget when the presses began to roll with all the latest news. I dropped in to see the fellas in the Times press room today and they were happy to show me around. I could smell the ink even before I got through the door. This is the massive 14-unit Goss Press, the largest in Timmins. I got a kick out of seeing the pages roll faster and faster while the pressmen adjusted the pressure and ink levels as it began spitting out hundreds of papers each minute. The pressroom is a cool place.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

I got a brand new bag.

I don’t know if we can stop worrying about climate-change after today, but I surprised myself and did one tiny little thing that may make a difference. I bought a grocery bag. It’s one of those re-usable tote bags so I won’t have to keep using the disposal grocery bags. It cost 99-cents at A&P. Now I will just have to remember to bring it to the grocery store every time I pick something up.

Friday, April 13, 2007

New Job

I haven't been here lately owing to the fact I have a new job. I am the new Editor of the Timmins Times newspaper in Timmins. I never expected to get back into media work, but the opportunity was just too good to pass. So I am back in the newsroom doing what I have enjoyed for so many years. I know I will miss all the nice people in tourism, but I am sure I will enjoy meeting more nice people in the news game. I will keep ya posted.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Nature beats art every time.

I saw this bit of frost on a window today. It looked like somebody etched it into glass. But in reality this is a close-up shot of frost about the size of a matchbook. Click the pic to see it up close. Amazing detail. On another urgent subject, tomorrow is National Tartan Day. It's the day where men of Scots heritage should wear a kilt. It's also one of the seven days where one is encouraged to enjoy a glass of Scotch. It's called Friday!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

It's all my fault!

Yup, I cleaned the truck on the weekend and put away the snowbrush. That obviously upset the snow gods and that’s why we had a storm this morning. It’s all my fault. This is not great for tourism. Oh well, I have one week left of being Tourism Marketing Guy. Then I begin my new job as Newspaper Editor Guy. I sure hope the sun is shining.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Happy Birthday Tyler!

Today was Ty's big day... he is 7 now and he's a cool dude alright. No foolin'. He's one of my favorite grandsons! I had a birthday this weekend too. So thanks to the birthday wishes I got from Ty & Nader, from Jenn and Neil, from Deb and Ron and thanks to Claudette for a great weekend and a fabulous chocolate cake!