By the time you read this, I'll be wrapping up summer vacation in Oahu, tending to the often competing whims of two determined kids under the age of 6. As you might imagine, it's been exhausting, exasperating and expensive—but every time the older kid tells me she is having the best time of her life, I realize there's no place I'd rather be. (The younger one has a limited vocabulary, but she's started waking up with one question on her mind: "Go swimming?" Well, why not, kid?) Anyway: Having a great time, wish you were here, etc. I'm sure there's not much happening while I'm out of town. What, is Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller going to fire another staffer? What are the chances of that?
In my absence, managing editor Logan Burtch-Buus has been has been holding down Fort Weekly. He deserves an enormous round of applause for keeping it all together on the week we introduce our all-new, all-different size, designed to make it 23 percent easier to turn the pages. (They do studies on this stuff!*) Still, I know the kinds of hijinks I used to pull when the bosses went away back in the day, so who knows what they're slipping into the paper? Better read it extra close to catch all the little pranks they played while I'm singing along with "No one knoooooows...How far I'll gooooooooo..."
Here's what was on the agenda when I left town: Staff writer Kathleen Kunz was gonna fill you in on the final vote on the county budget; comedy correspondent Linda Ray looks at how the owner of the Oracle 2000—aka The O—is trying to help revitalize the Oracle corridor with a comedy club; columnist Tom Danehy had some thoughts about Joe Biden; unpaid intern Meredith O'Neil introduces us to new Penca chef David Solorzano; movie critic Bob Grimm was pleasantly disturbed by Midsommar; and associate editor Jeff Gardner, in addition to lending a major assist in getting the paper to the printer, wrote about half the issue, so keep an eye out for his byline just about everywhere.
See you at the luau!
— Jim Nintzel Executive Editor
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*To the best of my knowledge, they do not actual do studies on this stuff.