… This Just In …

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…TAT-tat-tat-TAT-TAT-tat-tat-TAT…

[Breaking News: from another strangely irrelevant moment in our newsroom…]

There’s nothing like deadline days at a newspaper. Except maybe closing an oven door on your head repeatedly for 8 to 10 hours. It is a day filled with split-second decisions, each of which can lead to rippling ramifications in terms of overall ink usage. Today was a true test of our abilities as a news room: A key story had fallen through; we were down one reporter; and we were completely out of Cheetos in our vending machine. It was in essence, the “perfect storm” scenario when my editor called me into her office…

Editor: “I think I have a solution for our missing story, and I’d like you to write it up.”

Me: “Sure thing, Chief. What is it?”

Editor: “It’s a story I’ve been sitting on for a while.”

Me: “Um, I’m not reaching under there.”

Editor: “Get out.”

Me: “But what about…”

Editor: “Get OUT! And buy some Cheetos while you’re at it!”

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21 thoughts on “… This Just In …

    • “Getting good” is a matter of perspective! πŸ™‚

      And though I’ve never been in a major storm at sea, I still get a knot in my stomach whenever I watch the final 30 minutes of “The Perfect Storm.”

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