Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Extra! Extra! The Daily Paper

I grew up in a home in which I would get up and get ready for school, then sit down to a quick breakfast and the sports page.  I would pour over the stats -- be it baseball box scores or football and basketball game stats.  I guess I have begun my days like that for 40+ years.  

As an adult, the order goes like this:  sports page to business page to front page to section B to Lifestyle (and comics) to crossword puzzle.  It throws me into confusion when my kids are at home.  I go for a section -- AND ONE OF THEM HAS IT!  Do you know what that does to someone who borders on obsessive-compulsive? 

Well, I came within days of canceling my daily newspaper this month.  I would not want to be someone that is mid-career in the newspaper business.  I can't see newspapers being around for too many more years.  We have that information too readily available in other places -- and on our electronic devices that we have such an infatuation with.

I had about convinced myself that canceling the paper would free up some time for me each day.  After all, my personality type is such that I can't get a daily paper -- and then not read it.  I had told Beverly that I would buy her a Sudoku book and I would get a crossword puzzle book.  But when push came to shove, I finally caved in.  I renewed my subscription.  So for at least three more months, I will continue my 40-year tradition.     

5 comments:

rgolf48 said...

"Hi. My name is Rick, and I'm a newspaper junkie. I can't help myself. When I see a newspaper (whether it be the Dallas Morning News or USAToday), my palms begin to sweat, my heart races, my teeth grit."

All I can say brother is this, "We're here for you. Through thick and thin - you can count on us!"

Jonathan said...

that's hilarious...now i am going to make it a point every day during the thanksgiving holidays to get to the newspaper before you. do you realize what you have done to yourself? you have brought this on yourself!

Rick Ross said...

Jonathan,

YOU were the main one I was talking about! You ALREADY do it.

Donny - MarketingTwin #2 said...

Rick, I got a better idea than subscribing to the newspaper... Go in this order: espn.com, finance.google.com, drudgereport.com (for all things politcs, entertainment or anything else newsworthy), RSS Feeds on your favorite blogs and then end with a nice facebook chat with someone. You'll save money as well since it's all FREE!! HA

randy said...

Doesn't all that time spent reading the newpaper cut into the time needed for ebay and gunbroker?