I am having one of those days with an extreme case of writer's block. Nothing has come easy in the writing department, including this column. I feel like I am pulling teeth as I write these words.
Stress never helps me write anything, and we have had plenty of that in the office. On Wednesday, we were without Internet for more than four hours, and I have a lot of parts of my job that require an internet connection, including checking my email. I get lots of community events and other items in said email, so it is a little difficult to assemble a calendar for everyone to remain in the know when I am not even in the know.
The office now has iPads for us to use when out on assignment but I never thought of myself using one while sitting at my desk. I mean, who really expects to be doing such things when I have a perfectly good computer right in front of me? Alas, I found myself trying to find ways of getting items from the iPad onto my computer so that they could be saved onto our server for publication. I like tablets as much as the next person, but extra steps were not my friend Wednesday.
I am hoping for better things to come today and I cross my fingers that I am not ranting about such things, as I am sure my coworkers don't appreciate it. However, they were mostly in the same boat, so I guess it balances out.
On a completely different note, I wrote a story for today's front page regarding fireworks regulations and some safety tips.
I hope that everyone who reads it will make a mental note to follow as many of these tips as possible to ensure that they and others around them have a safe and happy Fourth of July. We've all done things with fireworks we aren't supposed to (including me, I don't want to be the pot or the kettle here). But having had a few close calls with those festive holiday merriments, I will say I try my best to be as cautious as I can when it comes down to it now.
I want to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July, as I will not have a column next week, so to all of our readers, "Happy Independence Day."