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Apr232009

The Rockiness Of It All

The Rocky Mountain News folded a few weeks ago. I sent a blind application letter to these same offices about a decade ago and am still waiting on the reply.  I'm thinking I'm not going to hear back for a while.

As the collapse of the newspaper industry began, I started to question where I'd be if I'd actually entered the field, as was the plan for my misguided youth (7 AM August 24, 1991- 1 PM May 15, 1999).  Eight years bent on a job as a newspaper columnist.  And then, when I got to the final stages of a two-day trial internship with a New Hampshire paper, I freaked out, because, as it happened, I utterly hated newspaper writing, which was what I was told I must do in order to reach the vaunted columnist status.  Fortunately, Al Gore had invented the Internet by then, so by the time I fled, panic-stricken, to graduate school, I was able to go about the important business of Being Me directly, unhampered by the annoying middlemen of paper, ink, editors, owner conglomerates, or readers.

But as it happens, I now know where I'd be had I become a pen-and-ink columnist:  Right freakin' here.  I was hired into the Department of Government Governmenting with another new employee in his forties.  Guess which industry he refugeed from.  Guess.  Just guess.

Somehow, the lives we almost wound up with aren't melancholy and mysterious when the road not taken is a cul-de-sac.

same desk at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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[...] When the road not taken is a cul-de-sac Share and Enjoy: [...]

The destination does not matter. It's the journey we should focus on.

April 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

Hm. This might make my decision not to go to grad school in Journalism easier...

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLex

I like the fact that you have an actual down to the minute beginning and ending time for your misguided youth.

April 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

[...] With President Obama For Various Reasons: Posted on Monday, May 4, 2009 by MB Last week I wrote about roads not taken, cul-de-sacs, and freaking out like a small, petulant child.  Occasionally I enjoy applying these same what-if questions to politics, which, of course make [...]

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January 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPurge « Blonde Champagne
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