The Editors’ Favorite Issue

The editors love the Photo Issue. By “editors,” I’m referring to writers, fact checkers, and copy cleaners-word people. It’s the one month of the year they find themselves with “free time,” a concept normally reserved for the sales staff.

During this glorious month, the editors drop the 8:00 a.m.-’til-exhaustion grind and adopt a more “relaxed” daily schedule. Here’s how it’s gone this month:

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Arrive at work. (The entire edit staff arrives promptly around 10:00-ish to check voice mail and browse the Internet. Popular sites: www.hotwheels.com, www.playersonly.com, www.footballunlimited.co.uk.)

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Discussion time. (The main topic is typically what everyone did the night before. For example, someone might say, “I watched a documentary about the space shuttle last night.” Then everyone would talk about their personal experiences with the space shuttle, and NASA, and the Shuttle Challenger disaster. Once I gave a short dissertation on the interior of the space shuttle. I called it “sketchy.” Everyone seemed interested.) Our staff is quite knowledgeable, and we discuss a variety of topics.

11:45 a.m.

Lunch preparation. (The question, “Where are we going for lunch?” spurs a debate about suitable dining in North San Diego County. Certain factions of the staff are keen to the dangers of Oceanside coffee shops and might filibuster a motion to eat anywhere near the Oceanside pier.)

Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Lunch.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Miscellaneous errands and duties. (Examples of activities in the two-o’clock hour might be: court appearances, video-rental returns, Internet gambling, planning evening activities, making personal long-distance phone calls, or watching skate videos. Note: watching skate vids is sometimes frowned on by other editors as “work-related.”)

3:00 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Afternoon tryptophan-induced nap. (Rested editors make proficient ones.)

3:35 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Work.

5:00 p.m. on the dot

Depart for home. (With a full day under their belts, the editors depart for the evening. Note: on the evenings of important televised collegiate basketball games, indoor soccer matches, or happy hour, work might end at 4:45.)

Welcome to the editors’ favorite issue. Welcome to the Photo Issue.