A change of scenery is a good thing

Sunday, May 7, 2017

There’s something to be said about a change of scenery.

As The Brazil Times ended its first full week in its new National Avenue office space, there have been a few bumps in the road. But, for the most part, it’s been as smooth as National Avenue’s new pavement visible from just outside my office window.

There was some concern that last Monday’s paper might be a struggle to put together on Sunday, as movers were still moving, reporters were still reporting and everyone was trying to grasp the reality of a new home. But, we in the newsroom, assured everyone that all we needed were working computers, internet and phones to get the job done. We could even sit on the floor if the movers struggled with the non-stop rain on Saturday.

None of that was necessary.

In fact, outside of arranging my desk, everything went as smooth as possible. The only real distraction was the never-ending urge to gaze out the window. My view is spectacular. Sure, it’s mostly National Avenue and a parking lot, but, the fact is, I have a view.

On Meridian Street, I rarely heard vehicles passing by, outside of an ambulance with its sirens going. Here, every passing vehicle provides some type of sound. And, when the window is open, you can hear the birds chirping in between each passing vehicle.

The most incredible thing to me is just how much traffic there is. There is a constant flow, even on a Sunday.

Many might just be passing through, but just having the traffic means Brazil is here to stay. Interstate 70 may have, at one time, thought to be a bypass that could drain the economies of small towns along U.S. 40, but that is certainly not the case here.

Inevitably, these folks, no matter their destinations, are stopping at our gas stations, restaurants, stores. They are seeing the improvements the city has made over the years and continue to make.

OK, I am gazing out the window again. Back to work.