Thursday, August 7, 2008



10:03 a.m. I explain that I want so bad for someone to assault me, and Hermione thinks this is strange. How else am I going to practice my jits in real life?

10:17 a.m. — After IT Guy spends five minute explaining how iQue goes down once a day (along with the archives system, the paper's supercomputer and the robot that keeps things running in the back — clearly a vast conspiracy and probably the result of chem trails), Slim looks up from his computer: "Hey, my iQue's down." If powers of observation are the hallmark of a good reporter — well, I won't go there.

10:23 a.m. — Are too many people searching the archives? Really, that's
a serious concern? Why the hell do we have an archive system if we
can't search it? I'm with Slim on this one: Our system is ridiculous.

12:52 p.m. Hermione accuses me of being a slacker, which is totally untrue. OK, maybe once or twice (three times) I've left for an "interview" only to go swimming, but the past few days have actually been very busy, and I haven't been in the newsroom much. Hey, there's no news in the newsroom, right?

4:01 Hermione comes close to another nervous breakdown. The system went screwy, and she almost lost her Saturday story. Thankfully, it was not lost. Crisis averted

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