My wife uttered the words that every husband just loves to hear: "I think it's time to paint the living room."
I tried to convince her that we had just done that (7 years ago) and maybe we could just wash the walls instead.
Didn't work, so I'll be working on household chores the next few days. We all need a vacation from me anyway.
By the way, the Flint Journal home delivered version has been particularly good lately. Sunday had an excellent story from a former colleague, now with the Grand Rapids Press, that took a look at school consolidation. They didn't include my county, but it was a great look at an issue that really needs to be addressed.
The local coverage of the arrest of the serial stabber has also been excellent. I'm hoping they will give one of the reporters a chance to fly to Leesburg and/or Atlanta to do remote follow ups from those locations.
Not sure where the paper is being putting together, but even the general look of the paper has improved from what was happening immediately after it went to three days a week.
My out-of-town trips to cover stories were some of the best learning experiences of my career. You can learn more about your reporting ability by being dropped into a faraway city and fending for yourself than anything you can do locally.
One of these days, when I'm not painting, I'll recount some of those trips to Pennsylvania, Arizona, Ohio (three times) and some others that are escaping me right now. They were fun, but challenging assignments that pressed my skills to the limit.