I usually fantasize that its my bank account balance.I also get lots of drawings of bunnies, sunshine and trees - refreshing for this time of year. One Tuesday afternoon back in early 1989, my dad took a trip to Missouri and left a space-filler for his column that said, "Will Return." I was working as the pressman during those days and saw an opportunity to test my writing skills.I wasnt really ready to go to church or back to work, but I could at least bend over and pick up my own tissues off the floor. All of it has purpose for fairness and accountability for each side, whether it be for the plaintiff or the defendant.We decided that a good way to pass the rest of that day was to watch some movie on Netflix. Ive had the miserable honor of covering the events of the Steven Myers death on October 6, 2017." She knew just how hard and how much to push my buttons before I would either snap or laugh. So far, shes picking things up and is figuring out the routine.But seriously folks, Jess has been great to work with and I wish her the best of luck! I dont expect her to get a Pulitzer anytime soon, but with some practice, shes going to be a great addition to The Gyp Hill Premiere. Along with Bree, we get our Granddaughter Baylee for half the day in the office.I didnt really care and started flipping until she yelled, "Beauty and the Beast! I clicked it and expected to be asleep within a few minutes. With each court filing, I try my best to put it into plain English so that you can process it.
Thats how I felt while suffering through the latest plague to strike our area.I miss those days at the Index and I miss those folks I worked with. One day several years ago Doris found a snippet my dad wrote in February of 1976, "I have been toying with the idea of starting a personal column for the Index for the past three years," he wrote.Dad was also "toying around" with the title KWICK KWIBS, Jr.They were pretty terrible and my dad was pretty mad when he came back and saw that I had written KWICK KWIBS, Jr. He let me continue to write, but then eventually sold the newspaper and moved to Missouri.I hope that wasnt an indicator at how badly my first columns were, but I was able to keep the column for another six months or so, before it got axed by the new owners of the Index.I continued working there for about another couple of months before Ronda and I started The Gyp Hill Premiere. I had my diapers changed there, I grew up and played there.I swept the floors there and eventually ran a press there.Next to me, shes probably one of the fastest at assimilating information for exportation (from her pen to your eyes). When I say shes like one of my own kids, I mean it and she has been. Breeann (AKA Bree) comes to us as green as green can be.Ive had to give fatherly advice, which just like my real kids is taken with a grain of salt; Ive had to criticize her work, getting the too often eye-roll; and Ive had to call her occassionally to ask, "Where are you? Shes not written anything that I can remember since her, "I will be home by my curfew" story, which was actually just a sentence written 30x on a piece of notebook paper in high school.Now, the column name "KWICK KWIBS, Jr" by my dad, Ron Noland, came from his father (my Grandpa Bill).In 1946 my Grandpa Bill bought his first newspaper, the Logan Republican. Well, Ive read some of my grandpas and dads early columns and I am glad to say that I come from a long line of some terrible writers!