Now, of course, I had responsibilities. I had to cover the semi-weekly town council meetings, the schools and most police events. But on Fridays, I engineered the news cycle so I could hammer out feature stories. In retrospect, my life was pretty complete: I wrote hard news on Mondays and Tuesdays, breaking news on Wednesdays, and features on Fridays.
When the paper came out on Thursdays, I'd kick back, read it for errors and drink pots of coffee and shop around for stories to write.
But that was 20 years ago and the old news flag is gone. My old news bureau is a consignment shop, the trees in town are taller, the traffic is heavier and the businesses newer and corporate shiny.
This is a different place and I am merely a stranger here with a long memory for old stories and faded but familiar landmarks.
Location:Maple Ave W,Vienna,United States