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Celebrating 25 years of publishing

Published June 30, 2020


Bulletin completes 26 years of publishing

By John Toth / The Bulletin

This issue marks the conclusion of 26 years of publishing The Bulletin. The July 7 issue will be the beginning of the 27th year.

Our plan is to publish for many more years, and to have The Bulletin continue after we retire, whenever that will be, if ever.

I really wouldn’t know what else to do without publishing the paper we started in 1994.

I’m not much of a television watcher. Even when we had baseball games on, I used to listen to the Astros while I worked on the paper in some capacity, whether it was laying out a page or editing or writing a story.

I enjoy watching a good movie or series on Netflix, but after a while it’s time to come back to the real world - and work on the paper.

I have traveled through Europe and the United States, but each time I had my computer with me, and when there was nothing to do, I worked on the paper. I have sent several issues to press from different European cities and from Colorado.

There is just so much partying and sightseeing a tourist can do.

So, what would I do without The Bulletin?

I could sleep in late every morning. But my cats wake me up at 6:30 a.m. by walking back and forth on my chest.

I could travel more. We already covered this.

I could find a hobby. I have tried that several times. I don’t have the patience for stamp collecting and am terrible at puzzles. When I tried to learn the guitar, I had to stop because my fingertips couldn’t handle it.

I could learn to play the piano. I saw a portable piano keyboard advertised that folds up. The only thing that has stopped me from ordering it is that it would soon take its place next to the guitar in the closet.

I could learn another language. I am doing that already. I am studying Spanish, and the program I am using keeps reassuring me that I am 27% proficient. That means that if you start talking to me in Spanish, I have no idea what you’re saying.

Learning a language is hard, no matter how easy the commercials make it out to be. There are too many rules to learn and words to memorize. I have done it three times out of necessity, and it was hard each time.

English was the easiest, though, maybe because I already knew German and the two languages have many similar words.

I could write a book. I’m writing a book now and am trying to wrap it up, but it’s hard. I like to escape into it. There’s no pandemic there.

So, what else could I do if I officially retire, which I'm not?

I sat behind the keyboard for a few minutes before I started typing again. I could not come up with anything.

So, you see, dear reader, I am left with no choice but to continue to publish The Bulletin for another year and beyond. It is the only thing I can think of.

(John looks forward to hearing from you on this subject. Send me a note at john.bulletin@gmail.com. You can even send an old-fashioned letter to: The Bulletin, P.O. Box 2426, Angleton, TX. 77516.)