This week is one I would like to forget, but the facts will come out next week in low papers per hour, high waste, and my fingers will be stained with black ink under my nails for days.
As any experienced pressman knows, you never make plans for after work, or you doom your press run for failure. The same goes for telling everyone to have a perfect run, you want a perfect run, but you say nothing about it, till after the fact. Yesterday our boss told every operator they would have or should have a perfect run. This is a no no in the pressroom, and as a result we had a very poor day on the swing shift yesterday. Us pressmen are a superstitious lot.
Our co-worker John Miner has slipped again and broke his arm two days ago. We hope John recovers quickly.
On a sad note, while at the hospital John's doctor started to wrap his head and the nurse stepped in and told him "Doctor, it's not his head that's broken, it's his arm".
For you that do not know John well, he is constantly singing "Dippity Do Da", some wise ass has changed good old John's song to "Slippity Do Da".
Looks like I will be missing the Tina Kim show tomorrow at the Pasadena Ice House, my crew is coming in to work overtime on Sunday. Things happen for a reason, I always believe, I was informed by Tina that a Debi Padgett bought tickets to the show. Tina wondered if this was my sister? No, this is my ex-wife. So there will be no drama at the Ice House tomorrow.
The outlook for Richard Cook is not a good one, his family will be at his side, with family members flying to Los Angeles to be with him. Mr. Cook was a crew supervisor in the pressroom and retired just a few years ago. I have a picture of Rick somewhere, as soon as I can locate the picture I will post it here.
Before one of my co-workers died from the complications of cancer several years ago, he made a request to me, he asked if I would compile a list of everyone with cancer in the pressroom. The list has been growing for many years now, I wonder if the cancer rate for the pressroom is higher than other employees of the newspaper? I may share my list online again. I caught HELL the last time I shared my list online, but I like the attention, so the list will be published again within the next few weeks.
Invitations for our March 14th dinner will start arriving Monday the 22nd of February. If your a pressperson, and in the Los Angeles area, feel free to join us for dinner. The cost is only $25.00 and the food is great at Taix French Restaurant.
I better start getting ready for brunch, my daughter Margaret is celebrating her 19th birthday.
Waving at you,