The high temperature dipped into the 80s and here we come. I saw my neighbor Steve O'Neal out last weekend practicing shooting his bow … in the middle of the afternoon! Just a couple of weeks ago, the only thing you saw out in the middle of the afternoon was dead grass, hot pavement and crickets.
Cooler temperatures can only mean one thing — football season is here. Our annual football preview is in this issue of Your TIMES. At 52 pages, it is one of the largest in the state and we are proud of it. We believe it is important to feature each team, band and cheerleading squad who spend countless hours working to perfect their game and performance. Be sure to check it out.
Also in this issue is a story on Sallisaw's refinancing of water bonds. It is an important story about taxpayer money. Just like eating your vegetables, take time to help build your community health by reading it. We all know what a good deal is for food, paper towels or some other household good. It is more difficult to determine a good deal on millions of dollars of municipal bonds.
My technology bellwether, Dylan Jasna, has gone off to OU for college, but before he left he let me in on what is going on with the 20-and-unders. Dylan worked as the audio-visual board operator for the DiamondNet sports broadcasts since its inception in 2006.
A couple of years ago, Dylan said he would see our posts to Facebook about news stories and then grab a newspaper if the story interested him. He’s been on Facebook for a long time.
Then a year ago he suggested the newspaper offer a mobile version of its website because reading the main site on his iPhone was difficult. We finally launched the new website on Aug. 1 and it has a mobile version, but I think he has already moved on.
Last week Dylan told me he is beyond Facebook and is now mainly using Twitter, the Internet service that limits messages to 140 characters. Your TIMES has a Twitter account, @seqcotimes. Somehow when we post to our Facebook account it gets put on our Twitter feed. The “feed” is a running list of posts by the newspaper.
Since he is now down to 140 characters, I wonder what will come next. I have heard there is an application called Path that allows you to post photos that only a maximum of 50 people can see. The idea is that instead of having 700 “Facebook Friends” who see what you post, it only allows 50 actual friends to see your photos.
One of my first posts to Facebook was that I had just eaten homemade flan that I bought from a convenience store in a bad part of Miami, Fla. It was sitting in a Styrofoam cooler by the cash register on the counter.
Racing from Facebook to Twitter to who knows what is worse than eating warm flan from a convenience store in a bad part of town.