Eye of the Hurricane

April 24, 2008

Who knew the newspaper industry isn’t always ridiculously dry…

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubscanes @ 9:34 am

Indulge me for a minute while I recount the story of easily the most random moment I’ve ever experienced in my time on a newspaper staff. First off, check out the finished product.

That article came from a phone call I received from my editor at 9:30 asking me what’s the best food at “The Light” (UM’s baseball stadium). At the time, I happened to be sitting with 10 friends from my Bible study at TGI Friday’s – in a tuxedo, no less, since I came straight from performing at a concert. Anyway, I go to a lot of games but I don’t eat much stadium food. Thankfully I was sitting with a couple pretty big baseball (and fried food) fans, so I asked them and they said the chicken fingers and cheeseburgers, while we all agreed on the milkshakes. (My friends were really confused, they thought he couldn’t decide what to eat and just decided to call me.)

So I repeated our consensus to my editor and he said “Great, write up a short blurb about the best milkshake from the food stand and send it to me in 10 minutes, is that a problem?” I fought the urge to say “Yeah, that’s a huge problem since I’m sitting in a stupid tux at TGI Friday’s, not to mention the utter lack of computer!” but thankfully I remembered another friend at the table has a BlackBerry. So I borrowed it from him and typed out a short piece gushing about the “Rag Arm” milkshake, which thankfully three of us had tried and could collaborate to remember its ingredients, all in like five minutes using the tiny keyboard. Sent it in, about an hour before the paper had to be sent off to be printed, and viola, there it is this morning on the second page of the special cover on the UM baseball experience.

…Two lessons from that experience: 1) Even if working on a newspaper is boring 95 percent of the time (which it is, trust me – maybe more like 99.999 percent), there are these moments occasionally that remind me I’m not a robot, and 2) I need a CrackBerry.

Thanks for hanging with me, I know that was incredibly self-serving.


  1. hahahahhahaha… that’s awesome.

    Comment by bb — April 24, 2008 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

  2. I’m the editor who called him! Great job man, that was truly pulling through in the clutch. Jack McClinton-type stuff.

    Comment by Matthew — April 30, 2008 @ 11:27 pm | Reply

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