2001-10-13 / Columnists

From the G-Man

By Gary G. Toms

Hey people! I must apologize if the column seems a little short this week, but The G-man has not been feeling up to par lately. I don’t mind sharing that with you because most of you know that I say what I feel, and I believe in connecting with you folks on as many levels as possible. In other words, I believe in keeping it real.

I usually don’t have a problem sitting down and banging out a column or addressing various topics. Quite often, I look forward to it. However, I have been hesitant to write about anything or anyone, and I don’t have the slightest idea why.

I remember reading a column by the former editor of The Wave, Kevin Boyle. I thoroughly enjoyed his "Boyleing Points", and I happen to think he is truly one of the best, if not the best, writers this publication has ever had. Hey, if a prominent Washington insider rips off one of your pieces, you must be one hell of a writer, right Kev?

In his final column for The Wave, Kevin stated that he just didn’t feel the same about writing anymore. He mentioned how hard it was for him to write and how he would have extreme battles with writer’s block. Please give me a call if I don’t have it exactly right Kevin. I’ve been accused of doing that quite often in the previous week, but trust me; I’m not shedding tears over it.

I seem to find myself in the same predicament. Maybe it’s because of everything that has happened since the attack on the World Trade Center. Maybe it’s because I have fears that my best friend is going to be sent to Afghanistan if ground troops are activated. Maybe it’s because my father is battling prostate cancer, or maybe it’s because I just feel like I want to go back home to North Carolina; build a log cabin home in the woods; and live off the beautiful land for the rest of my life.

If I decided to take that course of action, I’m sure many of my family, friends and supporters, the people who truly know my character and heart, the ones who really matter in my life, would understand. Sometimes, you just feel burned out and need to break away. Others like CVS managers, Post Office officials (in Washington), elitist cliques, and local and state agency administrators would probably party until dawn. Those are the ones that can get in line to "kma"!

I hope that whatever this is will pass. I thoroughly enjoy writing this column and trying to help the community. I never claimed to be the savior of Rockaway, but I’m sure there are those who felt I was. I’ve always tried to be respectful in my responses to people in the community, others have not afforded me the "luxury’ of such. Too bad.

I don’t know how long my reign as editor will be, but I do feel that The Wave is as good a paper as it has ever has been, due in large part to Howie’s guidance. Maybe that simple fact will be enough to chase "this thing" away and get me back to being me once again. A date with Sade wouldn’t hurt either. Thanks for listening.

See you next week.

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