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Off to State Wrestling

   Wed, March 1, 2006 - 4:13 PM
By this time tomorrow (Thursday), I will be sitting on press row at Ohio State's Value City Arena watching 10 mats of high school wrestling. Why would any sane person want to watch this sort of thing, you might ask? Well, first of all, it's my job. Secondly, it's the Ohio State High School Wrestling Tournament, and quite frankly, there's no event like it on the high school level. This is like my personal coverage Super Bowl -- my biggest event of the year. It's usually my lone overnight road trip (three days and two nights), so it's been on of the few times I get to stay in a hotel. I also get to see a lot of old friends and collegues from the press down there -- my old boss, my old college classmate who currently writes for our "rival" paper, one of my former co-workers who flew back up from Arizona specifically to not on watch this event, but help me cover it (no offense to him, but if I ever decide to do that, I've given my future wife permission to shoot me). It sucks because I'll miss my fiance and our cat, along with the rest of my family, but it is only two nights. Although, the days are so long, it feels a lot longer than just three days and two nights. I get home late Saturday night and all I want to do is sleep for like 12 hours. It's exhausting because I really do bust my ass down there. In the three days, I'll be responsible for 7 stories and parts of an eighth. It seems like a lot, but it's nothing compared to year's past. One year, being the lone reporter down from our paper, I had to write four stories per day, and I'm sure I had to do at least one other one for the final day. This year is different. The first couple years I went down, I was nervous because the event was so overwhelming. Two years ago, I was not only nervous, but very homesick because it was my first trip away from my fiance (that trip was marred by a case of the flu that fortunately only hampered me on Friday). This year, I'm not really nervous in anticipation like I normally am. I'll miss her, but it won't be as bad as the first time. Maybe, finally, after six years of covering it, it's finally feeling like "old hat." All I know is, every year my coverage is 10 times better than our competitors and I've won awards and gotten work bonuses for my efforts, and I'm very confident I can do it again. That's what's exciting. That, and while I plan to be kicking the butt of a certain paper in coverage, I also hope to be impressing them at the same time (see my last blog post about my resume). Who knows, this could be my last hurrah for my current paper. Stay tuned, same bat time, same bat place, same bat channel ....



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Thu, March 2, 2006 - 3:42 AM
Have Fun!
Have a great time Dan! Be safe.

Much love,
Melissa