My life exists in portions less than 700 words

I should be doing any great number of things rather than blogging, but a lot has happened since then.

Most importantly, I got my ass kicked (and did some ass kicking of mine own) by Election Coverage 2008. I followed the mayoral races, got misinformed (hungout at the courthouse waiting for returns when you can just get them online), and even got to do a phoner at the Republican party location. Ten minutes after I got there, the bar cleared out. So, I did a phoner in an empty bar and rambled for at least a minute on how empty the place was. Whoo.

I was in the j-lab when CNN called the race for Obama. Most people were ecstatic, partly from overwork and sleep deprivation, while those who pulled for McCain were simply quiet. I was so exhausted and I’m still recovering but BEST. NIGHT. EVER.

I went to Frank Warren’s talk at JMU with my friend Robin tonight. Frank is the man created PostSecret, an ongoing art project where anonymous people from all over America and the world can mail in their secrets on a postcard. His speech, though repetitive, touched me. It really made me think about how secrets have the power to alienate and unite us, and how they are both a burden and a chain.

Something to think about.

ETA:

The most damaging secrets are the ones we refuse to admit to ourselves.

To life, to life, la’chaim.

Wow, I was super busy these past weeks and weekends.

It was Parents’ Weekend sans my parents last weekend, but it works out to where I can get a lot of work done instead of feeling guilty for not hanging out with my parents. However, I will miss them, eating well, and shopping in Charlottesville.

I stumbled on this interactive thing from the Economist (via Wonkette): would the rest of the world elect Obama or McCain? It’s a no brainer, but isn’t it odd that McCain would carry unstable nations (Iraq, Moldova, Macedonia, Sudan, Dem. Republic of the Congo). Overwhelmingly, the world wants Obama.

Being a J-major is a little rough stuff. It’s getting to the point where I’m still feeling overwhelmed, but it’s a different type of overwhelmed. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed because I didn’t remember how to do anything reporting related. Now that I’m back in the groove, the bar has been raised, along with the papers and projects in my other classes. So yay.

I had a couple stories run last week (since they held my story on the financial crisis until last week) and I also did my newsmaker last week, which wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The biggest challenge actually was finding someone to interview, rather than the interview itself.

I only have one this week, and then it’s election coverage time. I’m actually glad I’m working on RR this term and year because I get to be a part of the coverage of the most important election of my life, up until now. Okay, so maybe I’m just covering the mayor race in a very small town, but still. My working title for my mayor race coverage is “E-Lex-tion 2008.” Pretty sweet!

One of the things I’ve been overcoming from my reporting class is my hatred for talking to strangers. Now, I hate it a little less.

PS: This might have made my 2 Sundays ago…MCHammer is now following me on Twitter. Now I feel like my Twittexistence has been truly justified.

PSS: One of my friends said was I was mysterious…if journalism doesn’t work out I guess I could be a spy..

PSSS: This post was originally started October 15, and then life decided to ambush me.