Actually, I'm not sure it's much of a dilemma as I am pretty sure I already know my decision but I guess I need to talk it out (or type it out as the case may be) in order to make the decision. Perhaps you can weigh in with a comment to help aid in the decision.
I wrote a few months ago about the changes at the newspaper and made the
bold statement that I wouldn't be returning even if they asked me back.
Well, as you may be aware, football season has arrived, and I have been
asked to work and have, in fact, been given an assignment for this
week. I was originally given an assignment for last week's jamboree at
Madison Academy but because of the ridiculously early deadline of 10
p.m., all the jamboree coverage was cancelled because no one can make
that deadline when the games don't end until close to 10 this time of
year due to the heat time outs which are required each quarter. I was
actually kind of in shock when I got the assignment from my boss because
I just assumed that none of us would be returning this season.
Tuesday morning when I woke up and checked my email, in my inbox was an
assignment for this Friday night - Locust Fork at New Hope. To sum it
up: ugh! I hate covering game at New Hope. I am pretty sure I have
mentioned this before. Their press box is extremely small and the men
that work in that press box aren't always the most welcoming and I have
to elbow my way in to create a spot for myself. The time they were the
nicest to me was when my brother came along to help me out. Not only do I
dread the press box situation, but I also dread the game as New Hope
isn't the most talented team in Madison County and I'm sure to wish I
was somewhere else other than the New Hope press box the entire game. To
top it off, we have another early deadline this week. I think they were
gracious enough to extend it to 10:30 - how nice. I know that New Hope
isn't blessed to have wireless internet which means I will have to rush
to write a story then rush to find a spot that has an internet
connection all before 10:30. Did I mention I only get paid $40 for all
I would really like to just throw in the towel this year and not work.
I'm really disgusted with the fact that the newspaper has fired so many
good people who won't have a job after September 30. After finding out I
had an assignment last week (the one that was cancelled) I decided I
would work through September and then call it quits because that's when
my "boss" will be walked out the door; but, now I'm not even sure I want
to do that. I'm already going to miss two Friday nights because of
prior engagements which leave only two Fridays to work in September and
one in August for a total of $120. When you figure in gas to drive to
the locations, the money I will most assuredly spend at the concession
stand, and the general frustration of it all, I wonder is it worth it?
Then I think about all the unexpected expenses that have come my way
recently. The Tide needs medicine for her arthritic hips and the best
bargain is a bottle that will last about three months - it's $185. Then
there are all the $40 co-pays I've had recently because I seem to have
need for a doctor every week and I still have to buy contacts when I
return to the eye doctor next week, I am probably going to soon receive
an outrageous bill for some lab work that my insurance didn't cover and I
have another appointment in Nashville next month (gas, $40 co-pay and
lunch) and Lord only knows what might next happen with my car. Not to
mention the fact that I am supposed to be saving for a possible trip to
Israel in December which I haven't mentioned on here before. It just
seems like all the financial cards are stacked against me right now. I'm
sure this sounds like I'm whining and maybe I am a little. I am
grateful I can pay for all of these things, but bummed that when I do
pay for these things it takes away from my savings plan.
So, what would you do in this situation? I'm 90% leaning towards saying
so long to the newspaper, but the part of me that loves writing is still
pulling for the 10%.
Note: If you are one of the folks who stops by during the day, then there are
probably two new posts for you to read. I'm posting this one early
because I want to hear what you all have to say.