June 12, 2015 — Sometimes I look back over the years with fond memories of things I once enjoyed doing like waking up early Sunday morning, getting out of bed, going to the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot and then making my way to the front door to get the Sunday morning newspaper. That was a quiet time in our household as I would usually be the only “creature stirring” and as I would take off the rubber band, unfold the paper and slowly walk back to the kitchen to get that first piping hot cup of ‘Joe’ I would examine with great interest the headlines on the front page.
So Here’s The Scoop: That weekly ritual went on uninterrupted for decades and I would often go back to the bedroom with coffee and paper in tow and whether my significant other was awake or still sleeping I would begin the intricate process of separating the paper into sections and lay each one out neatly onto its own pile to then be devoured section after section by us both.
Sunday mornings were great times and while sipping my coffee I would start catching up on the current events. But if I was hungry, I would put everything on hold for a few minutes, meander back towards the kitchen and do a little snooping around for something to take back to the bedroom to nibble on while I continued the Sunday morning ceremony.
I don’t really remember how many years it’s been since I ended that practice but I can recall that it become a habit I learned from my parents during my early childhood as they always started Sunday mornings in the same manner.
As a youngster, I would crawl out of bed and wait for mom and dad to make their way to the living room and when they did one of them would always hand me the comic section to pour over. It was family time, it was pleasurable and I always looked forward to the Sunday morning activity.
But enough about that because the times have surely changed and we are now in an era of instant 24/7 access to news, information, weather, crime reports, local, national and international events, etc. Many of us today don’t even have to get out of bed to find out ‘whatzup’.
Instead we simply wake up & reach over to our nightstand, pick up a ‘handheld’ device and in near nano seconds we start to catch up on everything from missed calls, e-mails and text messages then on to all the current news that is at our disposal.
As such, be advised that at InsideTheGate.com (ITG) we, again, are busy meeting the market demand and are now in the process of redesigning the ITG website so that the percentage of our monthly audience of 100,000 (average) who rely on small hand-held devices will have a more pleasurable experience (aka: mobile friendly).
This redesign will allow that portion of our audience to stay abreast of daily and breaking timeshare news stories, PR’s, comments and opinions etc. that we publish six days each week as well as having easy access to our weekly columns and of course our very popular timeshare blog – The Gatehouse.
FYI: our GateHouse Timeshare Blog has already made the ‘mobile-friendly’ transition so that is a done-deal – and soon, ITG will be ‘mobile-friendly’ as well.
In all honesty, I was opposed to any changes at all. Mainly because when I navigate the ‘e-universe’ I do so using my laptop or tablet – and all seemed fine to me but when I used my small screen smartphone recently to get on line I finally understood why the revamp is needed and asap.
On a side note I really don’t care for those small-screen hand-held devices because like those days long ago when I would spread the Sunday morning newspaper out on our bed or maybe on the dining room/coffee table etc. I prefer big-screen-viewing, so to speak, as I find that much more pleasurable and easier to browse.
Of course I also used to love doing the crossword puzzle that was in the Sunday newspaper each week but that is something else I haven’t done in many moons; much like the once very popular desk-top browsing experience was, that is also rapidly moving into the annals of history.
Good Luck Out There!
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