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Monday, June 26, 2006

Seven

Seven Things I love about The Winston-Salem Journal

1. There is a column that allows people to say Thank You to strangers.

2. The obituaries rock the house. They are full of wonderful euphemisms and details. Check one out.

3. Home delivery of the Journal is consistantly good. And they double bag the papers if there is a hint of rain. I've only had a wet paper once, and it was an unexpected, sudden storm.

4. However, buying the paper from the newspaper hawker at Five Points intersection is fun, too.

5. The Dinner Belle hates all restaurants equally, so when she does like something, perk up. However, she loses points for
  • Constantly making snide comments about those of us who live in older parts of town, acting as if travelling to our area is a hardship, when in fact, it takes roughly ten minutes to cross town. There are better examples of this, but with all the invalid assets (see two points down), they are hard to find.
  • Consistantly offering us someone else's opinions. The thing about an effective food critic is that the palate has to always be the same or the ratings are pretty much useless. So telling us what Dinner Beau (gag) or her friend she took to Mellow Mushroom thinks isn't a help; it's a hindrance.
  • Having "invalid assets" in place of some reviews on the Journal website. Not her fault, I know, but it makes it difficult to read what she says about a specific restaurant. (NOTE: Three hours later, many appear to be fixed. Perhaps a glitch? But I'm not wading back through.) And not all reviews are listed, which they should be.

6. The Local section. It reminds us that there is more to Winston (pay attention, Dinner Belle!) than one small area. There are stories worth hearing and people worth meeting from east of the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds and north of 20th. Thank you, Local section columnists and reporters for introducing us to some of them, as well as to others from parts of the county I've yet to explore very well.

7. The classifieds. They are cheap, they are easy to navigate, not only online but also in the print edition, and you can pretty much find anything.

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