Kickin’ back | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In the community newspaper business there is never a good time to get away from the office and just kick back and relax. Something is always going on that requires attention.

Plan ahead all you want but things always seem to heat up right before one takes leave.

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Association of Free Community Papers Conference in warm and sunny Orlando, Florida. I am privileged to serve on their board of directors and my wife Gayle is very active on the conference committee, primarily responsible for food and entertainment for 350 of our close friends from around the United States and Canada.

Conference week requires long days, juggling schedules and running down many details to have the event proceed without a hitch. But, of course, hitches happen like the Keynote speaker getting stranded in a Minnesota snow storm and the Manta roller coaster ride breaking down at Sea World with several publishers trapped for 20 minutes. Only one required hospitalization for hyper tension.

But that’s a different story all together, for tonight I sit here technically on vacation hoping to enjoy a few days of this warm, Florida sun after being confined inside a conference hall for the better part of a week. But drafting this column late Sunday night stands between me and my well deserved week.

In today’s fast-paced world it is difficult to leave it all behind, try as one might. Electronically we’re always connected and the connections are constantly improving. That is unless you break them or have the ability to turn them off. I’m one of those who just can’t let go.

As is usually the case, before leaving the North Country, I do my best to address issues that might create a problem while I’m gone. Fix a computer or two, order some new equipment, or do some modest phone system repairs.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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