Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Facing the music: After avoiding it for months, I went to my local public library and paid a whopping $32 in late fees. Yes, 'tis true: I am a library book slacker.
It's not all my fault. Instead of stamping each book with its due date, the check-out droids (always a sullen lot) give you a single receipt with the due dates of all the books, CDs and DVDs you check out. So unless you leave a slip of paper in each book stating when you have to return it, it's very, very easy to forget.
Which I apparently do a lot. Hence my tendency to pile up fines (25 cents a day for each late book, and I tend to check books out en masse) and writing a check every quarter to appease the Dewey Decimal gods.
Running Update: Haven't run in a week. I just cringed when I wrote that sentence. I finally feel strong enough to start running again after being struck down with a nasty bout of strep throat/sinus infection and god knows what else. I'm just feeling petulant that I worked so hard for the Las Vegas Half-Marathon, all for naught.
Welcome to the revolution: One of my old teachers at the Poynter Institute, Chip Scanlan, recently wrote a column about podcasting, audio blogs and how mainstream journalists can use them. Good stuff.
And one more thing: A friend of ours, and a mentor to me from a ways back, just got promoted to managing editor of the St. Petersburg Times, a Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper many times over and the best damn daily in Florida. (He offered me a reporting job at the paper two years ago, but I didn't want to move to Florida.) He's only 38. Congrats, Steve! It couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy.