Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

R.I.P., Gospodin Solzhenitsyn. Do svidaniya.

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Working at the paper

I’ve tried driving down to Oxford through Davison and Lapeer and find both to be about the same length. I prefer Davison since it has fewer stoplights and less traffic.

One of my work colleagues has been there, done that. Lots of great stories to tell. Used to work at the Detroit News. Tells me that only about 10% of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s corruption has gone public.

According to this colleague, being related to Kilpatrick has its advantages. One of Kwame’s relatives, according to this reporter, makes around $70,000 a year working only an hour per week. Basically, sitting in on meetings. That’s about $1,346.15 per hour. If a person were working a 40-hour week at that hourly rate, they’d be earning $2.8 million per year.

Once again, I find myself hardly waiting to get to work and keeping my eyes peeled for a story that might be huge. We’ll see what happens.

Working at the paper

Work is going pretty good so far. It’s great to be a full-timer. At this point, I’d rather not say the name of the newspaper, but it’s a weekly in Michigan. For the first time in my writing career, I’m writing using WordPerfect instead of Microsoft Word (although the two are fairly similar). When loading articles, briefs, columns and other word texts onto the server, we put them into Pagemaker. Interesting.

It’s sooooooooo nice to be in a newsroom and smell the faint, pleasant odors of the ink from the print shop.

Today, I filed a tragic story. Mother was sleeping with her infant and accidentally rolled over onto the baby in the middle of the night. Police are ruling it an accident. A very tragic accident that, no doubt, will haunt the lady for a long time.