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There once was a time in my life where I worked for a large corporation called Landmark Communications. They owned the newspaper I worked for (the Roanoke Times) but also owned my hometown paper (Norfolk’s Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star) and the Greensboro News & Record, where I would eventually live some time in the future for 14 years.
They also would eventually own a little cable channel called The Weather Channel.
Because of this, I used to read these newspapers regularly. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the guy at the desk next to me in Roanoke 40-plus years ago has now written a couple of stories for the site, and I couldn’t be happier about it. If Doug keeps this up, I may have to roll up my sleeves and go find some revenue to entice him to stay around (this is a not-so-subtle hint about the “donate” button now up in the menu).
I mean, who wouldn’t want to read a site with two old guys talking about Virginia Tech and Virginia with pics of sinful food and Maggie the WonderBeagle (and if you think I’m bad about my love of dogs, Doug has me beat on that front too). I’ve even changed the header on the site from “Sports, Life and Anything Else Interesting In Ashburn” to “Sports, Life and Anything Else Interesting In The State.”
I call this “the Doughty effect.”
Those habits of reading other Landmark newspapers back in the day became a lifelong habit, and in the course of doing so I became aware of the columnist for the Norfolk paper named Kerry Dougherty. She is a wonderful writer with strong opinions, a decided love for the football and basketball programs at Ole Miss and UVA, and the kind of person you never have to wonder where you stand with. She will tell you.
Kind of like me and Doughty. I one day would like to have a podcast episode with all three of us and see if anyone can get a word in edgewise.
So when she left the Norfolk newspaper and started a website called “KERRY: Unemployed & Unedited”, I became a regular reader (she is also on Twitter as @kerrydougherty). She delves into the wonderful cesspool of politics that I avoid with all my might, but she also writes about life occasionally. The story she has today is a masterpiece.
I too, write about life, and it has caused my daughter to occasionally say things like “you sure are really good at making people cry,” when I post such a story.
But I’ve got nothing on Kerry after reading her story today. Go read it. It’s a great tale for Valentines Day and it has a happy ending.
It will also make you wonder what's gotten into your eyes 😊