When opportunity comes knocking on your door, you want to answer it. However, if that knocking happens on The Door of our newsroom, it usually means the person on the other side has run out of toilet paper.
I know what you’re asking yourself:
Isn’t there another door to the newsroom?
Of course! Otherwise, we’d have to enter through the window. Which isn’t to say we haven’t left that way sometimes, especially when Misty, our front desk girl, pages the newsroom to let us know the editor is on her way with a new assignment.
But being that this is Tuesday, we all know The Door I’m talking about is the one journalists here at the Siuslaw News have been attaching the best, worst and most curious newspaper headlines, stories and submissions to since the early 1970s, back when long hair and hot typesetting wax was abundant, and so were incidents of spontaneous hair removal.
For those who begin their Tuesday here each week, you’ve probably already joined hands in anticipation of reciting the mantra of The Door. This ritual was established long ago as a way to offer thanks to those journalists who came before, and also as a way of letting anyone using the commode know that people were standing right outside The Door, and to please exit with caution. So let us join hands and, speaking in a monotoned voice similar to a congressman apologizing for dressing as a dominatrix on Friday nights, repeat the following:
The Door is a beacon, drawing us into the jagged rocks of journalism.
Let us begin…
Being a smaller newspaper, we receive and publish a lot of submissions from the community. And while we have a website fully capable of receiving public service announcements and photos online, most of our PSAs still arrive handwritten, on things like napkins or fast food sacks, usually accompanied by a really bad photo. Today’s entry arrived through the mail slot in our front door in April 2009. It is presented to you here in its entirety, just as it was to us.
After four years, the questions remain:
1) What IS that thing?!?
2) What are we supposed to do with this information?
and perhaps most importantly,
3) Who still has uses a Polaroid camera?!?
After four years, the best and brightest minds at the Siuslaw News have been unable to answer these questions. Keep in mind, those minds are only here for 30 minutes once a year during the Girl Scout tour.