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Feb 19

That time of night you get the tiniest bit introspective

I’ve had jobs where I got off work to go to another job. I’ve had roles where quitting time was at 3 p.m. At one place I’d done a full day’s work by noon. You can do the math on that. In another I had nights where I was still in the newsroom until 3 or even 4 a.m. In that case the tweet, above, might not have always be applicable after an 18-hour day. But you get the idea.

These days, I spend a few nights a week in the studio with students until they wrap up at 8. Every so often, like tonight, an unlucky soul will stick around and we’ll talk and, if they aren’t careful, they have to listen to me drone on and on. Tonight we chatted about the future and potential plans and goals. Hearing a student or two sharing those out loud, and trying to offer a little framework or encouragement around the ideas, is probably the best work of the day.

Also, we met this nice lady:

Please forgive the sound. I was just recording the interview off of a preview monitor in the control room while the actual conversation took place in the studio. Our reporter, and all-around ace-in-the-hole, Meredith Struewing got the newly crowned Miss Indiana University in for an early interview. She’s a theater major, Julia Klinestiver, and is apparently new to this whole pageant thing. She’s a sharp one, as you can tell, but she doesn’t take it too seriously:

It was neat to hear her talk about her project going into schools with Billy the Bard, and Meredith is going to be following her progress. We all sat and talked about that long after the studio lights had been turned off. It’s corny, but I’m listening to the two of them talk about the short term and it was enough to make you feel optimistic about the long term. They, and so many of their peers, have got such bright futures ahead of them, and that’ll benefit us all.

Those crowns, by the way, are apparently heavier than you’d think.

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