December 27, 2007
Goal to golf
At The South Reporter, we all have calendars near our desks – numbering the weeks of the year from 1 to 52 and occasionally a 53.
We save stories, photos and advertisements by the week.
A few weeks back, about Week 45, we were amazed because there were only seven weeks left in the year.
Today (Friday, Dec. 21), while producing Week 52’s newspaper, co-worker Linda Jones said this morning, “Wow. Next week is Week 1.”
And last week, while typing a story about the swearing-in of newly-elected officials, I wrote they will serve through 2011. For some reason, that date, 2011, stunned me as being far, far away, but it’s not.
For all of us at your newspaper office, the weeks seem to be going faster and faster. It seems like yesterday we were in Week 1 of 2007.
A good reason for that is because we’re so busy from week to week and thanks for that goes to all of you – our friends. There’s always lots of activity at the weekly newspaper, and no two weeks are the same. That’s just one of the things we love about this business.
Our newspaper crew gathered at the Burlesons Thursday night for our annual South Reporter holiday get-together. It’s the one time of the year we get away from the office and the deadlines, relax and have a good time as a newspaper family.
I mentioned during the party that Pam and I are celebrating our seventh Christmas in Holly Springs. That’s a hard one to believe, too. The time has definitely flown by.
We always draw names for the Christmas party. And no one is supposed to know who got who’s name until the night of the party. I’m not sure that worked out this time, but as Santa passed out the gifts, everyone looked surprised when I said, “To ______, From _______.”
And the gifts were great – everything from socks to ties to mini-choppers.
And the staff even gave the boss a gift.
A year ago, Christmas of 2007, I requested golf stuff from everyone, even my immediate family.
I got clubs, balls, towels, tees, golf bag – pretty much the works to get me started.
But my only golfing the past year has not been on an actual golf course. It has been on open land adjacent to our church building. I figured I would go out there and hit a few first before making an embarrassing debut on the course.
My wife has pushed me to take more time away from the office, relieve some stress and enjoy some recreation.
Well, this Christmas she and the newspaper staff pushed me to do just that even more.
At this year’s South Reporter Christmas party, my gift was some free golf lessons at Kirkwood National Golf Club here in Holly Springs, plus a gift certificate from the pro shop.
So, as 2008 rolls around, one of my goals is to actually play some golf.
I’m sure walking the course would help me achieve one of my other goals, too – losing some weight.
No doubt, I need more exercise. I try to walk once a week. That needs to become an everyday thing.
Someone this week mentioned riding bikes as a possibility. Maybe I need to get mine out of storage from the shed behind the house.
One thing I definitely need to do in 2008 is give up the soft drinks. Everyone has told me that would lead to some automatic weight reduction.
And I write this as I take a sip of my Mountain Dew.
I continue to try and find a diet drink I like. That may never happen, but it seems at this point I may go with either Diet Coke or Diet Mountain Dew.
Then others have told me, “Just drink water.”
No matter what I choose, I know it’s something I need to do.
Happy New Year to all!
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