looking out for no. 1

this week i am covering the disappearance of a 20-year-old reynoldsburg woman from a local bar.

i had most of the story written out today (friday) for a monday deadline when i got word that the case had been turned over to the homicide department after nine days. in other words, someone knows something that is not good news.

i had this thought:

(this is not a lie)

Dammit! Now i’ll going to have to write this whole thing over again.

this is the first thought i have after spending a good majority of last night looking this girl’s poor father in the face and seeing him tear up while talking about how much he loves his missing baby girl.

looks like there’s a new monster in town.

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  • cat.

    oh man, dude. welcome to the wonderful world of gallows humor and hating yourself. i’ll give you the guided tour. i’m sorry…that’s so hard.

  • Bob

    Lyndsey, I think your job sounds really exciting and fun.

    About this story: Your reaction to your own selfishness on hearing that this woman is probably dead is more important and telling that your impulse. In other words, you’re responding exactly as a loving human being should.

    Hearing about your stories made me want to share with you this quote by my favorite writer from The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell. He used to write for the Washington Post.


    The other thing you can do in the newspaper world to fight boredom that you can’t do at The New Yorker is play games. Once, we had a contest to see how many times, in one week, we could get the phrase “raises new and troubling questions” into the paper. I think I scored a four, but that’s not really much of an accomplishment, since all newspaper stories essentially are about new and troubling questions. What was much harder was the phrase we came up with next–”perverse and often baffling.” (The “often,” in this formulation, is, I think, the masterstroke.) I puzzled over getting that one into a story for several months before conceiving of a piece about how the medical profession defies the laws of supply and demand, since the more doctors there are in a community, the higher health-care costs go. The economics of medicine, I wrote proudly, are “perverse and often baffling.” A week later I got a letter from a doctor somewhere in Maryland. “Sir,” he wrote, “the economics of the medical profession are neither perverse nor baffling.”

    from http://slate.msn.com/id/3689/entry/24537/

  • Anonymous

    yo, this has nothing to do with your post, but i think this is the best way to get a hold of you. anyways, southeast engine is playing in columbus on friday. matt and i were wondering if you and seth would like to join us. give me a holler either way, i would like to chat with ya. i think you have my number but here is it just in case, 937.623.2135

    lyndsey fellers

  • colleen

    hey, we camping this coming weekend our what. you call me, or i will call you. if you have no idea what i am talking about… mae was supposed to call you.

  • L-Jo

    bob -

    thank you for your comments. also, i am totally stealing that idea for monday. if i get fired, you have to hire me as an intern or something.

    lf –

    i had hoped to attend the SEE concert myself. i will get back to you on this.

    colleen –

    camping!? wtf, though.

    also, mom and dad need help on the barn this weekend. i’m thinking we should move said party up to ashland. they have woods in their backyard, you know. but my dog is buried back there, so it might be weird.