I've decided to make a change, at least for the purposes of this blog. New title, new direction.
Al-Anon has taught me to stop focusing on the alcoholic in my life and instead focus on myself. This blog has been in direct conflict with that philosophy.
With that, I've changed the name and will be changing the focus.
For those who have been following my tales of being married to an alcoholic, my wife is doing fine for now and so am I. My kids are wonders and bring much joy to our lives. My youngest pats his belly every time he says, "papa." Perhaps that's a hint that I need to lose more weight. I've dropped 30 pounds, but can stand to lose another 30 (or more).
It's election season in the news biz. That means from now until Nov. 2, I will be buried in candidate forums, interviews and endorsements for the two counties my papers cover.
The election seems so far away, but it's actually right around the corner. Once you factor in mail-in ballots, the voting will begin in about three weeks in California.
More people are voting absentee than ever before, putting more pressure on campaigns to get out early. Those last-minute surprises (timed one to two weeks before Election Day) have less of an impact than they did 20 years ago.
My point? Those seeking office need to shake more hands, give more speeches and earn more endorsements earlier in the race.
That also puts more pressure on the media to run election stories earlier. We're forced to cover an election that most of our readers and viewers don't see as important or urgent, at least not yet. They have been trained to look for the election to "heat up" in the last few weeks, not two months out.
The Nov. 2 election is looking interesting on the local fronts. With the governor's spot up for grabs, Jerry Brown (D) and Meg Whitman (R) have been hitting each other pretty heavy.
Whitman alleges Brown hasn't had a "real job" in 10 years. Brown, spending far less than Whitman, is maintaining his frugality and cost-cutting philosophies while taking a stab at Whitman's time at e-Bay. Many of Whitman's former employees said Whitman, while growing jobs at the company, actually sent many of them overseas. According to the employees, she had a term for it, "Right-shoring" (rather than "off-shoring").
Whitman says while Brown is touting a frugal stance, he and his wife purchased a multi-million dollar mansion in the Oakland area.
Yes, the eggs are being thrown. Election season is here.
Who am I voting for? I'm still undecided.