FURLOUGH = extracurricular journalism

March 15, 2009

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The company that owns my newspaper, Gannett, decided that in order to avoid further layoffs, all employees had to take a one-week unpaid vacation.

This decree applied to all Gannett employees worldwide, regardless of how well their individual newspapers/media outlets were performing financially. I have a couple qualms with that reasoning, but I try not to think too much about it.

Being the model of responsibility, I took the opportunity to go to Universal Studios with my friend Irina, who was on spring break from UWF, and spend a ton of money. After a few days of that, I came back to Pensacola and had a sailing adventure with my friend, and fellow reporter, Rebekah.

So, taking a break from the typical semi-professional content of this blog, I’m going with the theme of furlough and posting up some of my time off the clock.

First off: The sailing.

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The weather Saturday was dismal — thunderstorms and heavy wind. I kept a close eye on the radar and saw an opening where the rain cleared for a couple hours. Rebekah was down, so we went for it.

The wind and the waves were still huge; way bigger than any I’d ever sailed in.

Being super-reporters, we take a video camera along, but we really don’t put a lot of work into getting decent video.

But liberated from the bounds of news-style video,  I went a different route during editing… Artsy/fartsy.

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And then their was Universal.

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While waiting in line for this coaster, they told everyone to put away their electronic gadgetry. But some shots are too cool to pass up.

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And some of the rest…

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So with an empty bank account and a farmer’s tan, I’m headed back to work on Tuesday. Despite the naysayers, there are at least a couple perks to working in a dying industry.



Pensacola Skateboarding

March 1, 2009

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Some things never change. I grew up skateboarding in Memphis, Tenn., and I remember very well pushing dozens of miles down concrete sidewalks between street spots.

Spend about an hour at the five-set behind the high school. Then head over to the loading ramps with the sweet five-foot gap nearby. If we were feeling really ballsy, there was a low handrail on a five-set near the city hall that we could usually spend about 15 minutes on before the cops showed up.

So I’ve got a little bit of a soft spot for these guys, who built their own little skate park on a demolished warehouse slab in a TERRIBLE part of town. But in a month or two, the property is set for new construction, and they’ll be looking for someplace new.

They want Escambia County to build a public park, and have circulated a petition. We’ll see what happens.

Shots from the day:

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