Happy New Year
(Technical Note: To read this post click “The Data Port.”)
No, wait a minute, Data Port has been absent and you guys—readers and colleagues—have been here right along.
I’ve pretty much avoided looking at TC.com, and most other favorite sites, during “the Season.” A good deal of time has been spent at rehearsals for the Rogue Theatre’s production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,”in which the Data Port’s resident writer has a small, but engaging, part; about which more later.
It must be gratifying for the conservatives among us—for whom all change is anathema— to see that the TucsonCitizen.com format has not changed and is still shot through with its trademark “dismal blue.” Gannett does make a buck, through its TNI connection, with what goes on here. It might be nice of them to throw a bone in the Citizen’s direction and come up with some money for dedicated designers.
I’m sorry to see the “latest media” feature disappear. It was one way for those of us who bothered to use it to call attention to our blogs. Oh, well, that’s an editorial decision. I’m sure that faithful readers check in every day to see the latest Metro Mix results.
A really bad idea: The Hot Off The Press (Release) blog. This seems to smack of an act of desperation. (We can’t pay reporters to do business stories so we’ll simply let the flacks do it for us.) Even when newsroom droogs rewrite the stories they get published without criticism. Phooey.
We seem to have become a major sports reporting outlet. I don’t much follow sports but it seems to me that our guys are doing a pretty good job. Have to feel sorry for them, though. If you’re writing about football and basketball it’s hard to wax optimistic about teams that ought to go “Mountain West.” Will Arizona get a mercy slot come March Madness time? An enquiring mind wants to know.
Attention Motorcyclists: There is a New Year’s day tradition of riding up Lemmon. Here’s the announcement the Southeast Arizona Touring Riders:
Every year for many years a group meets at the MacDonald’s in the shopping center at the junction of Catalina Hwy and Tanque Verde Road at 9 am. They ride to Windy Point. There are usually 30 or 40 riders. (they don’t ride as a group) Last year 3 of us went to the top too.
All motorcyclists are invited. (Pictures Friday.)
Press Release: The incisive and much loved Data Port returns after a protracted Merchants’ Day hiatus. The publisher has announced the regular appearance of The Data Port on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Happy New Year!