And ... We're ... Out ... 

This edition of Boise Weekly went to press four days earlier than usual. And since Monday, Oct. 11, about half of the Boise Weekly staff has been on vacation. Thing is, we're a small company with an enormous workload. A few people doing a lot of work means that vacation days just keeping accruing and we often find ourselves with months, in some cases, saved up at the end of the year. The vacation days continue to rack up, and when the first semi-slowish week emerges from beneath the chaos, we all scramble to be the first to request a week off.

When a half-dozen requests came in almost simultaneously for this week, rather than duke it out in the office Jell-O wresting pit over who would get to go and who would have to stay, we opted for the more civil--though slightly more insane--route: work really hard and fast a week in advance so that we could all take the week off. Last week was the real-world equivalent of hell week in college. We worked long and hard and long some more, but it's a routine we've perfected after several years of shutting down the office during the holidays. So if you haven't heard from us this week, it's because we've run off to various corners of the Northwest, or because we're sleeping late, or because we're pretending like e-mail was never invented. That said, there are a few people holding down the fort in the newsroom, so both Cobweb and Citydesk will be on their regular schedules with several updates daily. And the sales department will be cranking at full speed, so, of course, we're still happy to take your money and book you an ad.

And this, then, is a good place to remind you that we'll be working a week ahead again in December. If you have an event you'd like us to know about or a listing you'd like us to include in our events calendar, start working ahead. It may be October in your world, but it's January in ours. The sooner, the better.

Other things coming up in the near future you'll want to know about: Our annual Cover Auction happens Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Idaho State Historical Museum. We're on year nine in total, year four at ISHM and in excess of $100,000 in proceeds. As always, auction proceeds fund BW's private arts grant supporting individual artists and art organizations. Keep an eye out for details in the coming weeks.

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