Monday was one strange day for us. Just after our morning staff conference call, US Bureau Chief Ben Johnson became violently ill with what appears to have been a sudden flu attack. This happened while Johnson was urgently needed because Editor-in-Chief John-Henry Westen at the same time suffered a storm-caused several hours long power failure during the day, as did journalist Peter Baklinski. As well, assistant editor John Jalsevac was off on paternity leave. His wife Cassidy gave birth last week to their third child, Therese Azelie and all is well there.
In the evening as I was doing super catch up on editing and posting most of the day’s reports (usually done by the other senior staff) and preparing to send out the news, my Internet went down (this is very rare for me). Eventually I was able to use my cell phone Internet connection to complete the job. Add to that the strange crash on Friday of our very popular commenting that has still not been resolved by Disqus, and the registered members donation processing problem, also still not resolved since last week by our donation processing company, and we have to wonder if we have been under some sort of other worldly attack. (Donation problem fixed Tuesday morning)
Ah, never a dull moment doing this work. Seems to come with the territory.
So, the fare was a bit lighter than normal Monday, but we’ll attempt to catch up.
Thanks for the many donations that came in Monday. We are up to a much healthier $83,300 total and will report what comes in the mail over the next few days.