- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Why am I here?

The features desk is dead. Empty cubicles, silent keyboards, the sound of reporters on vacation.

If the interns wanted to stage a coup, now would be the time to do it. We might outnumber the regular reporters. David already has commandeered the congressional bureau chief’s desk in the newsroom. I wonder where the features editor sits?

My Metro train seemed empty Monday morning. Just small clusters of tourists in tennis shoes and sun visors, interspersed with a few bleary-eyed, suit-clad commuters, shoulders uncharacteristically slumped.

Occasionally, I caught the eye of another work-bound worker bee. We exchanged knowing glances that said, “So, your boss, too?”

At work, no one will return my phone calls. Out for the holiday, their messages say. I compulsively check my inbox, begging for e-mail. Is there anything I can cover? Bicycle parade? Cat fashion show? Grass-growing competition? Sign me up.

Anything beats a slow news day.

Anne Malinee is in the Class of ‘07 at Vanderbilt University.

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