I'd like to extend my condolences to Bruce Neimeth's family. I didn't get to know Bruce that long, but I'm glad I did get to know him. It was great working with him in covering the Salute to Champions events at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum, but the first contact I can remember with Bruce was when he offered me his extra tickets to see the Dalai Lama in Cedar Falls on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.
I remember the date because I still have the program from that, hanging on my wall here. That's what that experience meant to me. I didn't turn Buddhist or anything, but it was still a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it was all thanks to Bruce.
Bruce was a good man. It was a privilege to know him. He will be missed.
I will also miss working with a group of people I've gotten to know fairly well in my time with the Journal-Express. None of them died, but 2013 will not be the same since I won't have the chance to work with Ron Goemaat, Sam Nichols, Jim VanEngelenhoven, Paul McKinley and Leonard Boswell.
I am eager to work with the new people filling the roles they did for most of my tenure, but nevertheless, I have enjoyed getting to know these guys and working with them.
As I write this, we are still set to go off the fiscal cliff. I don't know how drastically it will affect me and mine, but it will likely be unpleasant.
What's even more unpleasant is trying to find the common ground between working together to get something done and compromising your principles. You may well know that I believe that partisan nonsense should be checked at the door once someone is sworn in as a Congressman or Senator. It just doesn't happen.