Monthly Archives: November 2010

A newsroom feast

Most people want to be with their families on Thanksgiving. My parents came out last week and we had a number of nice meals, even one that I cooked up with mashed potatoes, broccoli, fruit salad and apple pie. That felt nice, but the newsroom feast takes the cake… or the pie, in this case. […]

Nerdy as hell from Oregon to Florida

It’s probably no surprise to anyone that I’m pretty nerdy. Sometimes I do forget, though, how awesome it is to be nerdy around other nerdy people. One of my favorite counterparts in this regard is a friend from college who now lives and works in Oregon. This is an excerpt from a conversation we had […]

Freelance Validation

The whole time I was in college studying journalism, there was a part of me wondering if I was really doing the right thing. I was working my butt off every day, but still barely scraping by financially. Everywhere I turned, people spoke of a dying industry, and even the fiercely optimistic ones didn’t seem […]

Giving thanks for work

Rogue 3, one of my friends from the Quad-Cities, sent me a text yesterday asking when I’d be home for Thanksgiving, and so I told him that I wouldn’t be because I had to work. And it doesn’t really bother me. I’m the low guy on the ladder and I wasn’t even employed at the […]

Election fever

The thing about elections for me, or for people our age, really, is that they never have gone as planned. They’re always exciting and terrifying. The first election we were old enough to understand and remember resulted in a Supreme Court decision. That kindof warps your perception of the election process.

The inherent privacy of peeing in a cup

Since I have recently started a new job, I had to go through the ordeal of a drug test. Since my start date was so soon after I received my offer, I got to do my drug test in lovely Gainesville, Fla., after I had started. I had no concerns going in to the test, […]