The new carpet in the Oxley spawned a trip down memory lane.
Sept. 12, 2013
There is a saying that many of you have heard: "A day late and a dollar short." I'm admitting that I'm a day late and once I hit the vending machine for a soda, I will be more than a dollar short.
The football team has been preparing all week for the 7 p.m. USF game on Saturday. I used last weekend to prepare for USF and much of the week has been spent getting ready for the Middle Tennessee game the following weekend.
I have been at FAU since 1991 and one thing I enjoy, besides the different people that I have had a chance to meet, is the opportunity to try and do new things.
For example: when I started in the business we used a thing called a mimeograph machine to copy the game stats for the reporters. If you had enough copies to make, the fumes from the job made it more and more enjoyable. We then moved to the telecopier which was speedy, taking just seven minutes a page as compared to today's fax machine and now scanning and emailing. Stats were kept by hand and a calculator was used to balance that stats sheet before distribution.
You ask why the trip down memory lane. I have used the fall to learn my third publishing software. We began with Desktop Publishing, then Quark and now InDesign. All make life so much easier and allow us to do so much more, but the time it takes to create a similar document in a new program seems silly. Next week, I will like it though.
I also use the road trips to steal ideas that I can bring back to FAU and use. Copying is the best form of flattery and I have always respected the work that ECU's SID has done, no matter which school he has worked at.
We have received good reviews on the Fox Sports 1 broadcast last week, so thanks to that team and best of luck with the new sports outlet.
I always work ahead as much as I can, but I'm also preparing for the worst. Usually, almost annually, I suffer from a crashed computer or something out of the ordinary that will change the entire work week. I'm bracing myself because carpet will be installed in the media relations offices this weekend. It will be the first time it has been replaced since the Oxley Center opened in January of 2001. So by tomorrow, almost 13 years of stuff has to be packed up and the computers will be moved and shifted, so I'm preparing for the worst-case scenario and the possibility of not having a computer for Sunday and Monday.
Keep your fingers crossed for both the team bringing home "W" this weekend and for me to have a good work day on Sunday.