The Monday Morning Torture

For the past two Mondays, the county commissioners have decided to have 7 a.m. meetings with the city. Last week, the school board was also involved … and the subject was law enforcement.

Fellow newsroom reporter Justine Wettschreck graciously offered to cover last Monday’s meeting, which was fine with City/School beat reporter Laura Grevas and myself.

This morning, however, I drew the short end of the stick.

Well, not really. I’d like to say Laura and I played Rock, Paper, Scissors to hash out the 7 a.m. meeting detail … but, I volunteered.

What was I thinking?

To make matters worse, there was a little switcheroo with night duty and, well, I’m still at the office at 10 p.m. I did manage a bit of a break this afternoon, so I’m not actually working a 15-hour day … although it seems like it!

Alarm clocks should not be allowed to go off at 5:20 a.m.

I looked out my kitchen window around 6 a.m. to see the rest of the homes on my block completely in the dark … as they should be! The only movement was from the Schaap Sanitation garbage trucks a block away.

I left so early this morning that my newspaper hadn’t even arrived … that’s early!

Now, I realize there are people who have to be at work by 5 a.m., and I feel sorry for them. I know I could never do it.

I’m not a morning person. Come to think of it, I’m not a night owl either. I think I’m more of an afternoon person! Fifteen years as a newspaper reporter has pushed me into a routine where I’d rather get to work by 9 or 9:30 a.m. and work until 6 or 6:30 p.m. In this business, the day I’d decide to get to work by 8 a.m. is the day that all heck breaks loose in the afternoon and I end up working long after I had intended.

Anyway, getting back to the early morning meeting … we in the newsroom like to complain about them because we have to cover them.

Tonight, while chatting with Laura after her night City Council meeting (the City Council members had a long day today too!), I came to the conclusion that those early morning meetings aren’t so bad. The discussion is swift because council and board members have things to do … like go back home and take a nap! (Just kidding! I would have liked to go home and take a nap, but I had work to do too.)

As Mayor Al put it, today’s 7 a.m. meeting was a productive brainstorming session.

I’m quite excited about a new library-senior center combination, and if it takes more 7 a.m. meetings between the two entities to wrangle out the details, you can count on the Daily Globe being there to report on it. Just look for Laura’s byline on the next one!

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