West: The Courier is moving
By MIKE WEST
Whew, it's over!!! Sorta!!!
Moving is a pain in the rear…and every other joint of your body, but for the most part, The Cannon Courier is now installed in its new home on Main Street.
Yep, we HAVE moved to our new location across the street from The Scoreboard café. That's 1-1-3 Main St. Come visit!
Just don't expect us to find anything too quickly. Some it is still boxed up but the amazing Teresa Stoetzel is taking care of that quickly. Talk about a worker! And her "boys," as she calls them, Kal is literally Superman and his older brother, Dustin, who is taller and maybe as strong. They would tote a refrigerator or a wall full of shelves while yours truly was straining with a shoebox full of clippings.
Then there is intern Amy, who packed, cleaned and pulled tons of stuff across the long, long corridor of the Courier's former home. Her boyfriend, Austin, pitched in too with the endless move.
And there was our fearless publisher, Ron, who supplied the brain power for our logistical nightmare while he was busy worrying about how we were going to move all that stuff and cram it into our smaller, new office. Of course, there were other issues as well as how are we "gonna print the next issue?" while we were busy moving.
Look at it this way. We had more than 4,200 square feet of desks, computers, files and you-name-it that we had to fit into about 1,800 square feet of new office space. It wasn't easy.
And to top it off, we had Dan Whittle visiting in the middle of moving, along with our great, very understanding customers.
Then there was Tony…. He was in charge of talking.
"Mr. An-DUR-son," (Anderson) no, not the wrestler, but Mr. Mike Anderson took care of the building, fixing and retro-fixing of our new headquarters. Mr. Anderson and his son, Colin, also helped move a truck or two load of stuff.
Remember, the comedian the late George Carlin? He had a series of routines about "stuff." Especially, how his "stuff" was vitally important, while everybody else's stuff was uh, junk.
Carlin said, "A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff." And so forth.
Well, the Courier's been around for some 129 years and we've managed to accumulate a lot of "stuff" during those years. Unfortunately, for all you collectors out there, most of those old, historical items are long gone, but that didn't keep us from collecting many, many things. Oh, there is some lead type still around and it still weighs a ton, but we moved it anyway.
And there were the remains of the gear used for photography and layout and paste-up decades ago.
These days, all our photos are digital computer files and all the layout is done on a computer. Eventually, we hope to set up some of the old gear as an exhibit about our past.
So we're still sorting during our first few days in our new headquarters. We're getting our stuff in order, all while completing another edition for you, our faithful readers.