These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

features job

i make a move to try and get into the features dept. at the paper. krista told me about the opening earlier this week. before i knew it was interviewing with vangrouw. it went well, i think. i got into a little corner that i had a hard time getting out of, but other than that, i did ok.

i enjoy working nights and my pals all work there. we've become tight and we're family. but i have to think of dawn, too. i'd like to have a simple dinner with her during the week or sit down and watch a tv show without having to have it recorded. it would be nice to be on a similar schedule. plus, she wouldn't have to be on call for fires or crashes at night.

he said he had two leading candidates from out of the area. but i'm from here and from the paper. i know the area, i have contacts and i don't have to learn anything. but most importantly, i'm a damned good writer who writes solid stories.

also the possiblity of switching to day side. that's still uncertain and based on a lot of things. that situation is much more complicated and don't even want to get into that one.


i was really disappointed that they didn't win the series...that they didn't win a damned series game, for that matter.

but after the lost the third game in houston, i didn't feel too bad. they'd given up leads, bad pitching and a lot of other shit. so when they lost the fourth game and were eliminated, i just didn't care much. they didn't deserve it. it's almost as if they didn't want it bad enough. the sox did. they were hustling and making plays. and i don't think it's a matter of the sox being better than the astros. i think they can probably take them out. but not this time.

perhaps next year they'll feel like they belong and will do it. i hope they retain the same players and pitchers. will the sox repeat again next year? i doubt it.

i don't even know why i cared so much, i am not really a baseball fan or even a much of a sports fan. i guess i got caught up in the whole thing with these guys finally making it to the series.

Monday, October 24, 2005

dan's hitched

we drove to clinton and chelsea saturday with alan and krista for dan and corinne's wedding. very nice wedding and reception. since they are different religions, they had both a catholic priest (for dan) and a pastor for corinne. i think it was a church of christ church.

we drove about 30 minutes to the reception. we had a sentinel table. it was the four of us and we were joined by dennis and mark, who drove down together. we were also jioned by former reporter amanda and her husband. dan remained friends with her after she left the paper. it was interesting to see all of us guys in tuxes. first time seeing old mark in a tux. and i know you'll read this. the women looked lovely.

we had some drinks and a few dances. dawnie and i danced a couples dance. the dj would say anyone one year married? and the couples dancing who'd been married a year would have to sit. it was funny beause dawn and i sat down when the guy said three years or less. i had convinced dawn we'd been married two years and three months, instead of three years and three months. either way, we danced. and later we danced a couple of slow songs, including an elvis song (fools rush in).

each table had its own disposable camera. we used ours rather well. i thik dennis had the most pics taken of the people at the table. i had a great shot of my watch laid out on the tble. it was something like 9:12 p.m. or something.

on our way back we had an extra passenger. turns out old dennis got lucky (as we knew he would with some chick) and so mark had to bum a ride back with us. so dawn, me and krista were squeezed in the back seat. and i got to eat my first white castle (that wasn't frozen in a box).

spent today lazy. only stepped out to put trash by the curb. watched astros go down again. perhaps their pennant was short-lived. oh well. at least they went beyond the cardinals. sorry benson. heh heh