message 5 of 9
by John » Fri Sep 03, 2021 06:44 pm
Hey Tim and everybody! I have to admit, I'm one of those who finally gave up on the newspapers and I used to read them 7 days a week, first page to last. Even in high school I was reading the Chicago Daily News every day. In the last few years though, the price of the newspaper kept going up while the newspaper itself got smaller. Then the local newspaper went from 7 days a week to 6, and that didn't help. Finally, the reporting got too unreliable. You might hear about a wreck or a death or whatever on FaceBook, and you may or may not read about it the next day in the newspaper, or you might read about it a week after the fact, if they reported it at all. Too often things never got reported at all. So, I finally gave up.
The photographer who takes all the band pictures used to work for the local daily newspaper until they laid him off. So he got work with a local weekly newspaper. Then one day the owner of that newspaper simply disappeared, leaving unpaid building and supply expenses and unpaid employees, (including my photographer). Now he works for a local radio station. Not much use for a photographer at a radio station, he broadcasts the news and covers local events.
I'm still contemplating what it'll be like when I finally quit. The work is more physically demanding than most people might think, and playing outdoors on all these 90+ days beats me half to death. On the other hand, I still haven't given up the idea of just going solo. Of course, that would be opening a whole new can of worms.
Tim, I'm so glad you're out of all that frustration. I hope you're free now to do pretty much whatever you want whenever you want. Think of me Saturday while I'm out there sweating through my clothes, and you're at home playing with the cats. John