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|Wednesday, December 23, 2009|
One of the advantages of working for a monthly publication is the week-long holiday we all take to recharge for the new year, a little time to step back and let others feed the media beast. It's a nice perk any year, but after 2009 a few days of rest and reflection are more vital than ever. I can't say I enjoyed 2009, but I did survive it. You know things are iffy when you feel fortunate just to have a job that isn't getting chopped and a home that isn't getting sold out from under you through foreclosure. I believe it was Einstein who said that it's all relative.
For better or worse, I'm entering my 22nd year of journalism in 2010. I've covered deadly dull town board meetings in Guilderland, NY, surreal street demonstrations in Seattle and commercial fishing on Lake Malawi. As careers go it's been borderline when measured by pay. Another way to look at it is that I've gotten front-row access to great events and amazing people, and I've gotten paid to hunt things down and write about my findings. There are worse ways to go through life than following your instincts from story to story.
But hey, I'm no Scrooge. I'm no Grinch. Quite the contrary, I make it a point to pour a nice chunk of money into the local economy when this time of year rolls around. I've even recovered — somewhat — from my fear of super-stores. It's a short walk from my house to the nearest Fred Meyer, and I expect I'll be be making that walk plenty of times over the holidays to pick up Dungeness Crab, Oregon beer and as many necessities and non-necessities as I can carry home. Walking through the front door with a sack full of goodies for the kids is a ritual I love and one that I appreciate more deeply than ever as we finally slam the door on 2009 and hope for the best — while preparing for the worst — in 2010.
Ben Jacklet is the managing editor of Oregon Business.
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