Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. My peeve today is more of an annoying observation than a peeve.
I’m a newspaper man. No, I was never a reporter or a journalist. In fact, other that having a newspaper delivery route when I was a kid, I’ve never been employed by a newspaper. But I’ve always liked reading the newspaper while I’ve enjoyed my morning coffee.
In fact, everywhere I’ve ever lived, I’ve subscribed to the local newspaper. The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe. Yes, we moved around a lot.
A dozen years ago, we moved to San Francisco, and I immediately subscribed to the San Francisco Chronicle. I have to admit that, for a “big city” newspaper, I was underwhelmed. But, when in Rome, as they say.
When we first moved here, the Monday thru Saturday editions had four sections. Section A: national and international news. Section B: local and business news. Section C: sports. Section D: entertainment, comics, and puzzles. And that worked great for me and my wife. I could read the sports and business sections while she had entertainment and puzzles to herself.
But the newspaper business has changed considerably in the last dozen years. Now the Chronicle has only two sections. The front section is national, international, local, and business news, and opinions and editorials. And the second section is sports, entertainment, and puzzles. And that means that I can’t read my sports section at the same time my wife is doing her crossword puzzles.
And that’s my observation (and my minor peeve) for today.