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January 25, 2008 11:25 AM

Back to Life, Back to Reality...

Posted by Rod Mar

I think I wrote somewhere that the month of September, which brings the beginning of football season, feels like New Year's to me. If that's so, this must be summer break.

Except, of course, it's 28 degrees outside.

But the end of football season does seem like the midway point of my sports year. With the Seahawks not playing in the Super Bowl, that leaves a good month between the end of the football and the beginning of baseball season.

Yes, hoops is underway, but that doesn't really seem to heat up until February and March, which is when the high school and college tournaments get started.

So I've been laying low for awhile, taking care of those end of the year little details that always need to get wrapped up.

I'm always amazed at the little duties of my job in which I don't have a camera in my hand.

In the past 10 days, I've done the following:

Sent those d*mned Mark III's in to Canon for the notorious sub-mirror fix;

— Had end-of-the-season wrapup meetings with my editors;

— Spoken with our Seahawks writers about off-season coverage;

— Attended planning meetings for our baseball coverage;

— Taken care of travel-related office work (expense reports, some travel planning, renewing my passport);

— Entered a few year-end photography contests (more on those in an upcoming post).

— In that time, I've also managed to shoot a few daily assignments, including one of Mike Holmgren's press conferences, a couple of portraits and a ballet audition.

Here's a couple of things I didn't do since the end of football season that I wish I could have:

— Played some golf (somewhere awesome, like Pebble Beach);

— Relaxed on a tropical beach.

Apparently some things will have to wait.

I'd love to show you some pictures, but I'm currently working on two stories that won't be published for awhile.

Lastly, I've got a list of questions that you've asked that I'll be sure to answer in the next post.

Thanks for reading!

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