The Washington Times - June 21, 2007, 05:07PM

I was at lunch today, in between meetings, of course, when I realized how much time flies, or doesn’t fly, when working at a newspaper.


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Sure, there are those moments when it seems like I may not make it home before the closest restaurant closes. You know, when you can’t seem to get that last quote before it’s time to turn in a story, like when the “dead” in deadline seems more like a threat than a goal.


You know what I mean.


But then, there are those times, when it all seems to move, at a snail’s pace.


You sit.


And wait.


For sources to call back.


For inspiration to come.


But there’s either a block in the phone line or maybe it’s been disconnected.


Either way … time … moves … slowly.


But as I ate my tuna sandwich I realized that that’s the nature of this business. Not every moment can be ground breaking and earth shattering. I guess I realized that the news doesn’t happen all the time. There’s got to be some down time for people to recover from the previous bin news story.


And it’s that down time when I’ve gotten to do some of my best brainstorming for other stories ideas … or writing blog posts.


Gordon Van Owen, features intern, The Washington Times