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A great editor leaves newspapers

A letter to a former co-worker and editor:

Ah, Mr. A,

I'm sorry to learn you're leaving the newspaper, but I speculate it's for the best.

Newspapers aren't what they were. I don't get the impression most want to move effectively to new media without sacrificing quality. Behemoths struggling to survive. It's all about maintaining as much of a profit as possible or squeezing out as much of a refund on their losses come tax time. I haven't been following newspapers much since leaving, but it would be fun to see a paper completely transform itself within a short period of time. Included in that would be to take on the non-profit model. Ever since I started in newspapers, I believed this was the path to take, but papers were already deeply entrenched in the for-profit mode.

You were always great to work with, especially because you cared so passionately. I can't imagine you won't find success in your new endeavors.


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Occupy Albuquerque

Some of you may not know that Occupy Albuquerque lost its permanent home a few weeks ago, when the president of UNM decided to not renew the permit. Thankfully, the mayor has said OA can protest in any public park, but only during "park" hours. I guess that means between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., or sunset. Anyway, we had an OA today in honor of 11.11.11. I attended. It was my first one!

Here's what I wrote to a friend about my experience today:

Interesting day. Didn't head over to Occupy ABQ right away (it started at 11 a.m.), but was there for the
last few hours, until we were civilly kicked out. Met up with some people I haven't seen in at least a year, so it was good to catch up with them. Also met a lot of new, interesting people. Lots of displaced workers. Lots of flower children (I feel like one, but am not as free as many whom I know). Lots of activists. And a decent mix of the intoxicated and/or generally wasted. Thankfully this latter group didn't cause too much trouble, but one woman was giving me a hard time for no reason that I could discern. I met the guy who started OA. Nice guy who's not over-the-top, as I had expected. I didn't see [our mutual friend] there, but maybe she had to teach or maybe she was there earlier in the day. I've seen her at several other events I've been to since meeting her at the M.E. March. She seems to be active with many groups, causes.

I'm really glad I finally made it out to one! The originator of OA said they are continuing to look for a permanent home. I'm crossing my fingers. These peaceful protests are incredibly important.

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Transferring from big banks

It's taken awhile, but I've transferred most of my bank dealings to a local credit union and have closed out one of two big bank accounts. Still working on moving everything over to the credit union.

One, probably unfounded, fear I have is completely closing that final big bank checking account. I don't fear bringing the balance to zero, but I struggle with closing the account permanently. This fear stems from the modern-day conveniences I have grown accustomed to in recent years. My new credit union has many great perks. But it doesn't have a smartphone app. It doesn't show debit-card transactions immediately. Yet it does have a tiny interest rate on both checking and savings. And I am trying to embrace their old-fashioned website, both on the computer and on my smartphone.

If anyone has any constructive, rational suggestions or thoughts to help me to feel comfortable with letting go 100 percent from my big bank, I greatly appreciate it.

Thank you! And here's to the people!

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My tweets

  • Пт, 01:51: Just finished up a great class in radio broadcasting. Watch out, I'm heading to the airwaves!
  • Пт, 02:21: Oh man. I just upgraded my MacBook Air to OS X Lion and now it's telling me Microsoft Word is no longer supported. Anyone know OpenOffice?
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My tweets

  • Ср, 16:48: Oh man, there was a guy driving the wrong way in a traffic circle just now. Instead of turning right, he turned left into it. Yeow.
  • Ср, 20:00: Call me silly and sentimental, but I'm crying learning that Steve Jobs has died. I've worked on Macs my entire adult life. Thank you, Steve.