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Phillips: It’s always one or the other

Posted: September 8, 2015 4:17 p.m.
Updated: September 9, 2015 1:00 a.m.

If I ever in my life have everything going well at the same time, I swear I won’t even know how to act. Overall, life is good and I’m thankful for it, but if one thing is going well I can always count on something else being just the opposite.

I divide my life in two basic segments -- professional and personal. Of course, there are several divisions which make up those two basic segments, but I’m going to keep this simple. All through my adult life, I have had my ups and downs with both things, but always just the opposite of each other.

I have held quite a few jobs and many have not been in journalism. I have been a truck driver, a warehouse worker, a hardware store clerk, a limousine dispatcher, an assistant store manager and several other things too numerous to mention, along with being a radio announcer, news director, newspaper reporter and editor. One thing about me is I surely have experience.

I have also had my share of personal relationships. I’m not one to talk much about such things, especially in my column, but that’s what this column is about, so there’s no way around it. Some of my relationships, the best ones, have been long term. Others, not as long.

But I realized many years ago a pattern in my life. If I was in what I considered to be a good relationship, then got a job I really liked, the relationship was somehow doomed. Conversely, when I had a satisfying job and met an appealing woman who gave me “that special feeling,” well, I might as well have just up and quit the job, because it was going to end somehow anyway. It’s always one or the other.

I have been happily single for quite a while now, and by that I mean totally, completely, 100 percent single. So, what’s been the result? I have one of the best jobs working for and with the best people ever and it’s getting even better. You may have seen our announcement in the Chronicle-Independent last week we are changing from three issues a week to two.

The changes have also opened up a new and exciting opportunity for me. I have been promoted to the position of editor for The Country Chronicle in Blythewood, a weekly paper which is part of our newspaper “family.” Even good news has a down side and in this situation it is how I will miss covering the Kershaw County news made by the people I have grown to know and admire here. I have what I consider friends on our county council, along with Sheriff Jim Matthews, Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd and their officers, the solicitors office, the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, the local NAACP, the staff at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter -- the list just goes on and on of the people I will miss when I take the reins of the Blythewood paper. I truly will miss you all.

One bright spot with this is I will continue doing a majority of my work right here in Camden at the Chronicle-Independent office. I will be easy to find if and when you need me. I’m not disappearing.

On the other side of that coin, I met a young lady a few weeks ago and we started spending some time together and I thought we were both enjoying ourselves. Nothing terribly serious, but we went out a few times. I always did the gentlemanly thing and picked up the check and treated her right, without fail. Suddenly, without warning nor reason, the phone calls and text messages stopped dead cold. Whew! I dodged a bullet there! Thank you! I would rather have my job.

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