First day of classes.

So I’m currently sitting next to what used to be the ASUN bookstore on campus. It’s odd, because I’m literally sitting next to nothing. They’ve closed off the old staircase that used to lead to the second floor (which now houses the freaky geniuses AKA Davidson Academy students on campus.

It’s a nice place to sit when you don’t want to be surrounded by people and noise.

I feel like that little kid who protested the summer ending on the first day of school. You know: “But Mommy, I don’t want to go to school.” And the immediate response is, “But Jessica, you have to.”

But who really has to? Who needs a degree these days, anyway?

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Cleaning off the desk.

It’s my last full-time weekday here at the RGJ. I’m still covering the state fair tomorrow, but I’ll be too busy to clean my desk.

Where did the summer go? I have to admit I’m kinda relieved that the 8-hour shift thing is almost over – I’ve been pulling double duty here and at the Sagebrush and worked for a combined total of 17 hours on Tuesday. But it’s still weird to think about.

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Things about Jessica’s life that make it like a romantic comedy sans romance

– Living in non-air conditioned house with three other girls
– Token gay friend (the Will to my Grace)
– Token best friend who joins you for ice cream and rants at 3 a.m.
– Other token best friend that you ponder about life with over the phone
– Wishing for my own Mr. Darcy while watching several different versions of Pride and Prejudice
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End of RGJ internship – five days
Sagebrush freshman issue – one day
First Sagebrush issue after that – seven days
20th birthday – 14 days
Heading to Vegas for APME convention – 20 days
Giants game I desperately want to see – 33 days
Baby cousin’s christening where I will be the godmother/UNLV game I am going to miss – 35 days
First internship application for next summer due – 53 days
Nevada Day off/more stuff due – 69 days
General election day – 73 days
Thanksgiving – 96 days
Finals – 110 days
Christmas – 124 days

Where does the time go?


Writing VII and the internship paper.

Reno wild horse expo comes as mustangs threatened
Reno officials christen fire truck
Big Carson freeway bridge on schedule
New citizens vote with help from state group
Therapy program pairs horses, children
Magazine puts local girl in spotlight
Hot cars share stage with hot dogs
Stars and stripes adorns shining 1957 Chevrolet
Washoe primary turnout could be lowest in decades

If I include today, 10 days left. Time just seems to have flown on by this summer.

Last week, I had to turn in a paper to the j-school on “what I learned during my summer internship.” I took it in a very literal sense. And here it is for your reading enjoyment.

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100 reasons why I love being a journalist (idea stolen from Clay)

It’s a slow-ish day for me. I did my assignment for the morning. I’ve prepared for my assignment tomorrow. I’m still thinking of a couple of enterprise pieces I can work on before this comes to an end (14 work days left). And someone called for me, but didn’t leave a message.

So, in honor of this field, and also to help my brain get going on the internship paper that’s due Friday, here’s why I do what I do (in the context of what has happened this summer).

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Writing VI.

It’s Monday again. Three weeks until school starts.

Small group protests against McCain
Sparks crowd confident of McCain’s leadership
Reno boy wins MLB competition in New York
Reno fire officials ask public vigilance after series of arsons
Wild horses wait as fate is decided

Am working on another wild horse story today.

I should become a wild horse reporter, and that should be my only specialty. Then I can write a book about the history of wild horses, get published, make The New York Times bestseller list, invest in a few key stocks (when we’re out of a recession, of course), become rich and then never have to worry about my journalist’s pay again.

Ha. It could happen.