Tuesday, March 29, 2011

No, thank YOU!

It's always fun to have Scouts and other groups stop by The Reporter for a tour of the newsroom.
Recently a local Cub Scout Den did just that -- and then sent some homemade thank-you notes. I wanted to feature just a few of them today -- and it was VERY hard to pick just these. They were all so well done and a bright spot in my day.
Joe Monti, their leader, included a letter with the cards, noting that the boys loved the tour and "were excited to see their picture in the paper the next day. Some of the boys took the picture into school for show and tell."
That's great -- and we were so glad to have you!
So really, no thanks are needed... We want to thank YOU for stopping by and being so attentive!
We welcome groups who are interested in a tour, or anyone who would like to use our Community Media Lab during the day (computers are available). We also offer various "short courses" in the lab and welcome new bloggers.
For more information, email nbreaux@thereporteronline.com.
In the meantime, enjoy this great artwork!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I love Vermont, but...

I have to admit, I'm glad I'm not there this week.
These photos by the Associated Press show just how "beautiful" the weather was, with about 30 inches of snow. Guess I better not complain about the approaching rain that's supposed to hit our area this week.
So, no trip to Vermont just yet. But maybe come October...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Oh, for good old TV days

I am more than frustrated with the world of TV these days... held hostage to a cable company that raises my rates again and again for channels I never watch. But if I want to get the channels I do like, I can't get just "basic" cable.
And then they drop channels and add others I don't like or move them around.
This morning, a few channels were suddenly moved and when I called to ask why, first one person told me it was to make more room for HD channels, then put me on hold, then transferred me and that person told me NO channels had moved -- it must be just my set.
I give up.
I may have to just watch clips like these on YouTube... might be time better spent.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Guess we're never happy...

It's only March 3. It's still winter. And yet all I hear is people complaining about it being cold.
Note sentence above: It's still winter!
And really, it's not THAT cold. Plus some warmer days are on the horizon.
What I fear is that false sense of security. When I flipped my calendar over to March, I saw something that, for some reason, I keep noting each year, just as I do people's birthdays -- in the hope that I'll remember to send cards.
This is a more ominous note, from March 13, 1993: BLIZZARD.
Yes, a blizzard in mid March.
We all know this is a crazy month, and I'm not going to complain about the cold or scraping ice off my windshield.
But I sure wouldn't mind if we didn't get anymore snow.
That huge pile near my house from having my driveway plowed this winter is ALMOST gone! No more additions, please.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Seuss favorite?

Yes, today's the day we celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday ... and there's good reason to celebrate. We've all read tons of his books as children -- and then read them to our children until we had them memorized, no doubt.
And I recently came across a book of his World War II editorial cartoons in a thrift store that I just had to pick up.
It would be hard to pick just one favorite, but Cat in the Hat and "Moo" are outstanding.
How about you ... any top picks?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

In like a lamb...

Yes, March has entered like the proverbial lamb. No snow, no howling winds, no ice storms.
What a lovely break from some of the winter weather we've been having.
Of course we all know what a mercurial month March can be as well, so fasten your seat belts; it may be a bumpy ride.
And since it's a lamb today, does that mean the converse will prove true at the end of the month -- that it will go out like a lion?
That's OK, as long as the "lion" resembles the little guy below.