Wow, 100 Issues!

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 082015

I finished the new issue of the Gypsy Journal last night, and today Miss Terry will finish proofing it and I’ll upload it to our printer’s Web server. It will be good to put that chore behind us.

Once our printer back in Michigan gets it, they will proof it one final time to look for anything we may have missed, and get on the press sometime late this week. Then it will start the long journey by truck back to us here in Arizona. Hopefully we will be able to get it in the mail before we leave here toward the end of the month.

Here is a sneak peek at the cover of the new issue. I don’t think Terry’s gotten that far in the proofing process yet so if you see a typo don’t worry, it will be corrected before we’re done.

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This is issue 100 of the Gypsy Journal. Wow, that’s a lot of newspapers. This is a milestone edition for us for more than one reason. Not only for the number, but because this the last printed edition of the paper. Starting next issue we will be all digital. No more delays caused by printing schedules and shipping problems, no more carrying a truckload of newspapers around with us, no more lugging heavy bundles of papers into the motorhome and then back out in stuffed envelopes, and no more hassles with the post office. Can you tell we’re looking forward to it?

And we’re just as excited by the possibilities a digital edition gives us, including an easier to read format, all color photographs, and live links to our advertisers and all the places we visit. The people who have switched from the printed paper to the digital all tell us they’re very pleased with what they see, but we’ve got a lot more in store for you.

Speaking of our digital subscribers, I got an email yesterday from someone who subscribed over a month ago and was complaining that he didn’t get a link to the current issue. As it turns out, he has some sort of filter on in his email program that requires me to fill out an online form before I can to send him a link to the digital edition of the paper. But when I’ve tried to do it, I keep getting a message saying that the program is unavailable. This happens every so often, and I don’t really know how to overcome it. I sent two emails and get the same message every time. So if you’re reading this and it sounds familiar, please contact me with another email address or some way that I can respond to you.

Several readers have written to ask me how I’m feeling and how things are going with my health issues. I’m getting better every day except for some back pain, which I’ve had to deal with most of my life. If there’s an upside to being so sick, it’s that I’ve lost 30 pounds since I’ve been in the hospital. I know that’s not the best way to do it, but it’s given me a head start on trying to get healthier.

I’ve cut back on portions when I eat, I have stopped eating a lot of the junk food that I love so much, and I haven’t had a Pepsi since before I went into the hospital. Since I used to drink at least two or three bottles a day, I’m amazed that I don’t even have a desire for it now. In fact, I think there are still a couple of bottles in the refrigerator. I think I’ll have to find them a new home just so I don’t give into temptation someday.

Thought For The Day – Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for. – Will Rogers

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Nick Russell

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  9 Responses to “Wow, 100 Issues!”

  1. Congrats on 100. Now are you going to Alaska in 2016 or 2017?

  2. Congratulations on a 100 issues. I’ll bet the circulation has increased with each issue.

  3. LOVE the cover page!! Congrats on 100 issues and many more to come.

  4. Congrats on the 100th issue AND the weight loss. As we are all getting older, we have to realize it’s time to take better care of ourselves. Keep up the good work with the digital paper and the improved diet.

  5. congratulations on your 100 issues. As much as I loved the printed ones the digital are even better. news on the weight loss, but as you said not a good way to do it. I have also cut back on junk food mainly because I have no appetite which is a good thing. .

  6. We are really looking forward to all you can do with a strictly digital edition of your paper!

  7. Nick,

    Congratulations on the 100th issue and, more importantly, congratulations on your path to recovery. It’s hard work, but you will feel so much better if you can keep up the dietary adjustments and get closer to your “fighting weight!”

    Best of luck!

  8. Ditto Jan W.

  9. That’s a lot of writing! Congrats. I’m sure it feels good to simplify your life and I’m sure people will get used to it.
    I’m trying to quit soda myself and it isn’t easy. Good luck with it.

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