May - June 1998
Vol. 9, No. 3

Linda Mojer

by Linda Mojer

You know, if I wanted to be really literal, I’d put this editorial on the very last page of each issue, instead of right up front on page two. I’d call it “the last word” or “final shot” (original, hm?) or even “lights out” (with little x’s over my eyes in the photo). Then I’d proceed to give you a complete summary of what had just taken place. You’d hear about the two solid production weeks spent calling, organizing, fact-checking, pleading, making lists, finding photos, explaining, grousing, re-writing, scanning, double-checking, cursing and generally scaring people in my immediate vicinity. Your basic pre-magazine syndrome.

But that was only when I wasn’t using the mouse to shift these little text blocks – left, right, up, down – in the most infinitesimally tiny increments known to man (quite itty-bitty), lining up things just so (find something crooked that isn’t supposed to be, I dare you), and avoiding doing my taxes. Now the taxes are really due, the file for this issue is very-much-expected across town, regionals loom to within 48 hours, and I’ve got this space left to fill. Still, it keeps things lively just knowing that the last task on my list of “things to do” for each issue is – for some – the first thing they’ll read. So shouldn’t I take it more seriously?

Nah. I was serious right after the last issue when I swore I’d start a list of pertinent, politically-correct, well-thought-out editorial subjects to guide me when this time inevitably came around again. I added “making the list” to my list of things to do! I was serious about not joking around in my forum, not resorting to a routine review of content, not slipping in the results of “something just in,” not explaining some new policy, nor leading any campaign du jour.

So here I am at “lights out” without a list. I just didn’t find the time. Still, I think I can toss out a couple of engaging subjects – for starters – like ... sandbaggers should be ashamed of themselves (you know who you are); tournaments are a better value than people realize (they don’t organize themselves you know); and the Internet is really big, but it can be very small (more court time!). Winning isn’t everything. Women’s racquetball is worthwhile. Volunteers deserve our respect and thanks. It’s all done with mirrors. Lessons are worth the extra cash. There’s a lot of work yet to be done for the sport. It’s never too late to learn something new ... and more and more people are developing an interest in racquetball every day.

And it’s that last point that motivates us to continue to do what we do. Talk about it, write about it, photograph it, and have fun with it. On every page – literally – from front to back!

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