Vacation time has been forced upon me. There is no other spot for me to take my off time than right now. I’ll be off most of the next three weeks.
In the past I’ve taken a week in May or one in early June, or maybe take one during the open date. Not this year because of the way the magazine print dates fell because we delayed everything with the arrival of Covid-19 in March/April/May. There was nothing to cover, but lots to write. I did a lot of memory lane columns to fill our empty spaces on the website, newspaper and did preparation for the summer football magazine. That was mailed this week. This is much later than we’ve ever done this issue. It’s just the way it had to be with no players on campus until the second week of June.
I will work some the next three weeks, on a special project on Branson fishing for our company, if I feel it is safe to travel there. I think those stories will appear on a website, although not here initially. I’ve been there in the last two weeks and I’ve written two in a series of four.
So this will be the first time in the history of our websites that both Dudley and I are out at the same time. We’ve never taken time off together. Of course, Dudley has been off for several weeks after a stroke.
There is good news in that respect. Dudley is improving and is encouraged about the possibility of returning to work, perhaps late in July. I talked to him yesterday. He’s lost a lot of weight and doesn’t plan to stop that process anytime soon. He’s got more doctors to see before he’ll know for sure an exact time for his return. Perhaps he’ll speak on that next week.