Early January

I’m working out of Diamond’s offices this week — publishing deadlines. I happened to walk through the lobby area yesterday, and what did I find?

Christmas tree in Diamond's lobby, January 2021

A Christmas tree.

Even though there’s only a small staff — less than twenty most days — on site, even though almost no one would see it, they still put up a Christmas tree.

It was gone today.


It might be hard to tell, but there’s a large passenger jet in the upper right quadrant of the photo below. Looks a bit like a smudge.

Airplane over Yoe, Pennsylvania, lost in the gray clouds

I stopped at the mailbox to pick up my mail before I left for work. It was a murky morning — overcast, a light, chilly rain — and I decided to take photos of the watchtower on the far hill.

Then I heard the plane.

It was flying quite low. I imagine it was on its descent to Harrisburg International, about twenty miles away.

I tried taking a couple of pictures, but most were blurry.

In the mail, besides my electric bill, I had a newspaper.

Final issues of the Community Courier

There’s a free, local, weekly newspaper that comes by mail, the Community Courier. It’s not an especially interesting newspaper — most of the articles are about local church services — and their headline writers uses a vastly different definition of “slated” that I do. (They mean it as “scheduled.” I read it as “criticized sharply.” Thus, a headline like “Church Pot Luck Slated” reads to me like it was really bad, while they mean it’s something coming up.)

This, the Christmas Week issue, which arrived a week and a half after Christmas, was the final issue. Due to COVID and various economic uncertainly, they were ceasing their publications in York County after forty-five years, while similar papers in Lancaster and Chester Counties would continue.

I can’t say I’ll miss it, but it’s still something worthy a momentary twinge of sadness.

At least I won’t have to read about really bad church pot lucks again.

Published by Allyn Gibson

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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