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OCG goes global

It’s hard to believe it’s been two weeks since the last installment of Living on Deadline. When you’re working one week out, time seems to fly by. Let me start by being totally honest. The two weeks have probably blown by for me because I spent the first week of the cycle in Jamaica.

While relaxing under the warm Caribbean sun and making the short trek from the room to the beach was wonderful, it wasn’t all fun and games. Being the dedicated employee that I am, work was always on my mind. Stuffed in my luggage were several copies of On Common Ground News, which I handed out to my fellow resort goers. Hey, good news is good no matter where you are in the world.

While I was sipping Jamaica Delights on lounge chairs, all hell was breaking loose back at home. Glenn and Valerie tore out of here to deal with a medical emergency involving their 21-year-old son who is away at college. In a matter of a couple of days, they had been to Alabama and back. Their son is still under the watchful eyes of doctors as I’m typing this, so keep him in your prayers.

Meanwhile, the big news to hit the paper this issue is that people are all fired up because DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader wants to shut down the liquor at 2 a.m. Valerie was covering that and everything else.

I have to admit I forget how hectic it is here around this time. But when I got back, I was impressed by how much had been done. Valerie is truly dedicated to getting the news out in a timely fashion. She said she moved so much news copy that she lost count of how many stories she wrote. I’m convinced she’s not human, but a machine that plugs itself in at night. We also have a new employee, Ms. Fran, who joined the team. Since she has worked through deadline and hasn’t said, “Thank ya’ll for giving us a try,”(see the OCG News glossary on the blog), she’s probably a keeper. I had to make up for lost time. There was no easing back into work. I had to pick up where I left off because the end was approaching quickly. Ms. Fran asked me today if we were at the end of deadline. I told her the truth – it never ends.

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