We’re going to add mini-biographies of our staff on the new version of our website. Or on the interim version. I don’t know.
Here are some of the questions I’ve been asked in an attempt to go beyond dry statements.
What’s the weirdest story you’ve ever been involved in?
I covered a hearse show despite the organizers just wanting to submit a calendar listing. Before I told them I’d do more than that, I yelled, “Today’s your lucky day!” at them.
Which story in Charlottesville is your favorite?
The first thing that comes to mind is our current saga with a wayward pig in Fluvanna County. This also involved me exclaiming, “Today’s your lucky day!” I had no idea me saying that was a thing. Although I love solid, hard-hitting news, I have a soft sport for offbeat news with the potential for puns.
The best part of being an editor is …
The realization that each time I approve a story for publication, I’ve approved the first draft of history.
My favorite thing to do in my spare time is …
To write. I’m lucky to have an activity I can do for both fun and profit.
What do you like best about living in Charlottesville?
I thought I’d always miss living by beaches and broad, tidal rivers, but the mountains and valleys here have stolen my heart. I’m certain I don’t know how to shovel snow correctly, though.
Initially, I balked at answering these questions.
Initially, I planned on giving off-the-wall responses here.
It’s easy to laugh off questions like these, but it’s questions like these that make you remember why you keep doing this. Despite everything that has happened in the past decade, I look forward to doing this every day. It’s a thankless job at times, but I don’t care. I could be doing something else for a lot more money, but I don’t care. It pays off when something in those pages changes someone’s life for the better.
I’m beginning to remember that again.