I’ve had many people tell me many different things about my job as an editor and journalist, both when I performed the job in the military and now as a civilian.
I’ve heard that it’s a “sham” job, that I must not do a lot of real work and, what I hear the most, that it must be really interesting.
Interesting it certainly is and quite often fascinating; while there is some sort of schedule involved, such as certain days I have to make sure the Copperas Cove Herald is put together and ready for publication, there really are no set hours because the news never stops happening.
A day could start early in the morning with a bad traffic accident and end late at night with a city council meeting, or it could be a day of fun, family events where I get to judge a chili cook-off. Which, by the way, I’ll get to do March 1 at a fundraiser for the Cove Soup Kitchen — sign up now! Just try not to deliberately set my insides on fire. I’m a native Texan who loves his chili, but seriously — if your chili can eat through metal, it’s probably not meant for human consumption.
This is also a job where you get to meet all kinds of people from every walk of life. It’s great if you’re a people person who likes to talk a lot, not so good if you’re an introvert who prefers talking from behind a computer.
It also has it’s highs and lows — quite often on the same day. I recently had a Monday that totally fit that bill.
I woke up (and by saying “woke up,” I was only on my third cup of coffee) to my phone blowing up with family and friends wanting to know what happened to my Facebook profile because they were getting requests from “me” again.
Sadly, this is a scam where someone takes your profile and cover photos, some basic information and goes through your friend list so they can tell them, “Hey, I came into a lot of money and want to send you $100,000. I just need your bank account to send it to!”
Then they drain your account. I know others having the same problem, so I would suggest checking with your Facebook buddies on their original account before accepting a new request.
While fixing this problem, I was given the news that our Coryell County chief deputy sheriff had passed away from cancer. Joe Blakely was a good man, a good deputy and a man who did his best to make a difference for his county. I’ve never enjoyed writing about the death of someone I know, but I certainly wouldn’t let anyone else do it for me. He deserved the best treatment possible.
The day ended, however, on a more positive note. A young man returning home from a 7-month rotation to Korea with the U.S. Army was able to surprise his wife, who is 8 months pregnant. Homecomings are always a joyous occasion, but there is just something heart-warming when it comes as a surprise.
Needless to say, it was a long day filled with a lot of emotions. That, however, is what we do in this job.
What does everyone else get from one of my days? Well, in this case it’s easy; keep an eye on your social media accounts — no matter how secure your password is, they don’t have to actually hack you to make life difficult. Welcome home, Spc. Daniel Kole; deployments are never easy, but you’ll get to see your child born. And farewell and following seas, Joe. You will be greatly missed.
David A. BRYANT is a military retiree and the editor of the Copperas Cove Herald. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-501-7554.