Trent Ernst, Editor
With Christmas just a hop skip and jump down the road, Hanukkah already fading in the rearview mirror, and all those solstice festivals coming up in a day or two, it’s time to get your house in order.
While having a clean floor for the holidays is a nice touch, that’s not the sort of housekeeping I am referring to. Oh no.
This paper that you’re holding in your hot little hands? This is the last issue you’ll see before the holidays.
It’s not the last paper of the year, though. Oh, no. We will be publishing one last issue, coming out on New Year’s Eve day.
However, since all the kids are on vacation, the paper’s will not be distributed door to door. The paper will be available at retailers downtown, and will be a look back at what happened this year, as well as a look forward at the year to come.
At least, that’s the idea. We’ll see what happens between now and then.
This is the one week all year that we don’t publish a paper, which means it is the one week I can get away from the office without having to bring the office along with me.
So, for the first time ever, I am going away. Like, off continent. It is the in-law’s 50th anniversary, and they’re taking the entire family on a tropical getaway to the Dominican Republic.
Why am I telling you this? Just so you know that if you have any story ideas, tips or photos, you can still get them to me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, if you want to drop by to tell me about something that is happening right this instant …sorry. While news never stops, my ability to photograph events will be limited by proximity, or lack thereof. If you are able to snap a photo or jot down some notes or something, though, you can still email it to me: email@example.com.
The offices here will be officially closed from December 21 to January 4, so if you need some printing done or wanted to drop off a letter (there’s this fancy new thing called email; no pressure), you’ll have to get in here in the next few days.
Lisa, our advertising manager, will also be going away over Christmas, so again, if you wanted to place an ad, you will need to get it into us before December 21.
She will be bringing her laptop along, so if you were interested in advertising for our first January issue (January 7), you can send her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roxy and Pam will be away, too. Pam’s daughter is having a baby, which means she’s going to be a grandma. If you need to talk to her before the New Year, prepare to be regaled by stories of how cute her new grandbaby is. Seriously, it’s all she can talk about, and it hasn’t even been born yet.
Basically, what I’m saying here is this: if you want to communicate with anyone in the office, your best bet is to do so via email. I’ve taken and added everyone’s email address to the colophon, which is that box you see right below this editorial. No, not the Ridge Riders ad, the other box.
In the meantime, you have a merry whatever it is you celebrate. If you don’t celebrate anything, enjoy your time off. If you don’t have a job and have had way too much time off the last year or two, here’s hoping you find something to keep you occupied in 2016 and to keep you from driving your wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend/parent/sibling/kids crazy.
Me? I’ll be relaxing on a tropical island enjoying the sun and not missing the snow at all.
Well, maybe just a little bit. I did just get a new pair of snowshoes, after all.