OK. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m human. I’m human with a lot of miles on the body and a lot less spring in my step. But my overambitious mind all too often forgets that and tries to ignore the limitations of time.
Two months ago, I announced plans for an ambitious new web site — FloydCounty.Com, a multi-media news and information site that I hoped would make use of the latest video and audio technology. It was, and is, something I have the capability of producing but not, unfortunately, the time.
I’ve just come off a 13-hour day covering the Floyd County board of supervisors. Their regular meeting ran from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. followed by a public hearing and meeting from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. That meeting will produce at least five stories for this week and next’s Floyd Press and I’ve got to write those stories to meet the deadline this morning. Tomorrow, I get up at oh-dark-thirty for a five-hour drive to Washington for meetings with two clients followed by a five-hour drive back. Friday night football brings Radford to town for a home game. Saturday’s schedule includes the Citizens Telephone Coop annual meeting and a Spoken Word night at Cafe del Sol.
A day is 24 hours long and I find increasingly that I’m awake and working, on average, for 20 of those hours. I normally get up at between 4 and 5 a.m. to work on Capitol Hill Blue, Blue Ridge Muse and American Newsreel. There was a time when I could maintain such a schedule. That was then. This is now.
So I’m shevling FloydCounty.Com for the time being. It’s still something I plan to do but it will have to be sometime in the future. I’m also folding American Newsreel into Capitol Hill Blue. It turned out to be one blog too many.
Then, after this weekend, I’m going to sit down and take a long, hard look at the time it takes to live this quiet, relaxing life in the mountains.