Lines from the Pines

by Free Speech on February 18, 2009

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

Pegged Right – by Peg Zaemisch

I am at some point going to have to write one of those introductory columns for the Park Falls Herald. Telling the readers (I hope they are gentle readers) who I am, what I am about and all that other stuff that readers are curious about. I have decided that it is time to play my cards a little closer to the vest. There wasn’t much held back in my Pegged Right columns and in retrospect – perhaps I should have been a bit more reserved about sharing stories concerning just how I bump along through life. Telling readers about the time I thawed my Thanksgiving turkey in the bathtub or hid an Easter bunny on the roof and it melted into chocolate syrup with bunny eyes floating inside, or how about all those stories my inept attempts at camping with my boys (they can’t believe that stuff saw print) like the time I got the camper stuck between two trees. Those kinds of stories, while entertaining as they might be, never did much for my reputation. A managing editor is supposed to be serious and contemplative. The truth is, if I didn’t bring up all those incidents, there wasn’t much else to wax about. For some reason, my life seems to be a jumbled string of odd stories. Perhaps in my new life here, I should try to lend a more dignified and professional image. Maybe I should keep my latest bungles under wrap and not share the juvenile toilet and underwear stories. I’ll not write about all of my foibles and calamities. Yeah, I am going to clean up my image. Perhaps, I’ll write about social systems and community relationships or try to offer political points of view.

Nah. Who’d want to read that drivel?

Anyway, I have never been a big fan of those introductory columns written by newly hired newspaper staff. You know the ones that read: Hi, my name is … and what brought me to town was … and my favorite color is…

Those “new in town” columns are similar to obligatory party introductions, the kind that makes you want to excuse yourself to get another glass of the spiked punch.

It seems quite presumptuous of me to think that readers would care to know any more about me than any other new resident to the area. I tend to be a bit self deprecating, but, I harbor no delusions of grandeur that I might be interesting based solely on my newness.

Conversely, I probably shouldn’t expect to be on the revitalized, spring house cleaned, spiffed up Lodi Valley News website based solely on my “oldness.”

Take care gentle readers, spring is drawing its first breath and will be upon you soon. I have heard tales about ice fishing up here in June – so perhaps not for me – but it will still arrive at some time. It has every year, so I am keeping the faith

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dutchess March 5, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Peg, I sure have missed you. Great to have you back home where you belong!

2 April February 20, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Peg: It’s great hearing from you again. I sure do miss your column. H

3 Carole Roche February 20, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Peg, Your writing ability is incredible, and your encouragement to other erstwhile writers such as myself will not soon be forgotten. Lodi has not been the same since you left (and neither has the paper). The community sorely misses you.

4 Lisa Fichter February 20, 2009 at 1:24 PM

How wonderful to read your lovely words again! Can’t wait to read your next story. A good ice fishing in June story would be great…but absolutely…don’t leave out the bumps!

5 lyl February 20, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Peg, we will more than welcome any of your bumps, bruised or beloved stories here in Lodi always! We miss you too, and thank you for staying in touch with your ‘gentle readers’!

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