Thursday, February 20, 2003

February 19, 2003
One issue out the door and another right behind it. We put out the special travel issue last Monday, and we have the May-June issue deadlining this Friday. I’m trying to get ahead on my editorial assignments. Finished Classic Gunfights yesterday. I have an interview with Harry Carey, Jr. on video that I need to transcribe today or tomorrow. Also need to work on cover: The Man Who Killed Custer? Should be a strong one and I want it to be good.

Drove into Phoenix yesterday and dropped off Butch & Sundance painting to be framed. Ate at Adrian’s and spoke Spanish ($17 cash). Learned some new phrases and words. Had the albondigas de camarenas (shrimp meatball soup). AY-Yi-Yi! Me gusta mucho.

Financial meeting at two. Hurt feelings over masthead changes. Addressed that and came away with a possible compromise. I am not a numbers person, but I do know teamwork and I feel we need a little work on addressing all the changes with the staff. I had one of my managers tell me, “I think most of us have been handed a lot of change at one time and no map of how to create the change, and seemingly no authority to do so.” We decided to have a manager’s meeting on Wednesdays. I feel confident we can make our people aware of why we are doing certain things and encourage their participation, involvement and responsibility.

Came home around six and took the dog and walked to the cave. Very pretty out. Water in the creek. Went to bed around nine and read Newsweek. I hate to admit it but I agree with the French.

"Duties are not performed for duties' sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty- the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself."
—Mark Twain

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