I left one important thing off the list of lessons learned on the left coast.
Aside from the drop tops, tacky decorations, traffic nightmares and blown stereotypes, I also learned I could be a really big fan of California time. There's just something about waking up at 11 a.m., and it only being 8 a.m., that fits perfectly into my world.
See, I'm cursed with night owl genetics. It's been that way for as long as I can remember. I can stay up for all hours of the night, but please, don't ask me to wake up early. (Right now, for example, it's 1 a.m., and I'm just getting started on a bag of Doritos and a Diet Coke.)
Which brings me to my resolutions for 2009.
I don't really want to make any resolutions. Admittedly, it is cliche these days to not promise to do anything. But the things I'd promise to do would be things I plan on doing anyway:
- Doritos and Diet Coke be darned, I'm going to continue going to the gym, considering I've already paid for the personal trainer sessions.
- I'm going to make time to play golf and spend a little time away from my laptop, considering I'm starting to believe my sanity is closely tied to fresh air, green grass and open spaces. Plus, I realized two things in the week after Christmas. First, I didn't have time to put up Christmas decorations this year. Then, my grandmother - laying in a hospital bed last Friday night put me in my place quickly when I joked that she didn't need to go to the hospital for me to come see her. "Apparently I do," she quipped. Time, whether it be for myself, my wife or my family, is at a premium.
- I'm going to get caught up on some of those movies I've been promising myself I'd watch, which should be easy with that Netflix membership my Dad got me for Christmas.
And finally, I'm going to make The Mirror better than it ever has been. The newspaper industry is changing, and those changes are being felt even at small newspapers. Do I think newspapers are a dying breed? I hope not. But I also think relying on just "the printed word" isn't going to cut it anymore. One thing we've already started doing is updating our website on a regular basis. While The Mirror may be published only weekly, we can disseminate information on our website on an as-needed basis.
Admittedly, I don't have all the answers. But I'm willing to listen to suggestions: If you've got an idea or a feature you'd like to see on a regular basis in The Mirror or at www.mcduffiemirror.com, drop me a line. I've always said The Mirror is the community's newspaper, and involving and reflecting the community is what we do best.