FROM THE EDITOR: Get Serious!
by Linda Mojer
You know, if I wanted to be really literal, Id put
this editorial on the very last page of each issue, instead of
right up front on page two. Id call it the last word
or final shot (original, hm?) or even lights
out (with little xs over my eyes in the photo).
Then Id proceed to give you a complete summary of what had just
taken place. Youd 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 wasnt 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 isnt
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 Ive 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 theyll read. So shouldnt
I take it more seriously?
Nah. I was serious right after the last issue when I swore Id
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 didnt
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 dont organize themselves
you know); and the Internet is really big, but it can be very small
(more court time!). Winning isnt everything. Womens
racquetball is worthwhile. Volunteers deserve our respect and thanks.
Its all done with mirrors. Lessons are worth the extra cash.
Theres a lot of work yet to be done for the sport. Its
never too late to learn something new ... and more and more people are
developing an interest in racquetball every day.
And its 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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