Monday, July 14, 2008

Black Tuesday

Tuesday will be a sad day for many Orlando Sentinel people who will be notified that they are going to be kicked to the curb. As much as it may hurt, there are some things you can rejoice in. Here's a Top Ten list of things you'll probably either do or experience after leaving the paper, based on comments by other Sentinel alumni and my own experience.

You will:

10. Begin to see colors again now that you don't have to stare at Orlando Sentinel gray-blue anymore.

9. Cancel your subscription. It doesn't cost you half price anymore. Plus, you'll soon be reading the paper like an increasing number of people do: on the Web.

8. Be reading the paper for pleasure. You won't read stories that, frankly, bored you anyway but felt obligated to know this stuff.

7. Breathe a sigh of relief that you'll never be on daily deadline ever again.

6. Dance an Irish jig that you'll never have to deal with (fill in the blank) ever again.

5. Truly understand, like never before, that people have lives. They don't live to read the paper. That was always our little conceit.

4. Notice how amazingly thin the paper is and how it really is an easy read now that all the stuffing's been beaten out of it.

3. Feel chagrined at how little we actually know (and we thought we knew all there was to know about this town).

2. Agree that the Orlando Sentinel's opinion about anything is hogwash.

1. Get more excited about the Sunday circulars than the Sunday paper!!

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