Groundhog Day

Published 8:47 pm Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Last Saturday I was out and about in Suffolk.

It was my turn to work the weekend, and while, yes, as a rule, it’s not fun to work on a Saturday, weekends as a reporter aren’t as bad.

For one, your main job when you work Saturdays is to cover all the events going on that day. You go around to the church fairs, the special events and the community cookouts to take pictures, say hello and maybe write a story.

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And since it’s not a four-hour meeting in council chambers about text amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance, it’s already way more fun than my usual work days.

Plus, being out in the community is always some of my favorite times because I get to meet so many new people.

Well, there I was Saturday with three events to go to: The Toys for Tots Fly-In at Lone Star Lakes, the Eclipse Extravaganza at the CE&H Ruritan House and a praise dancing anniversary held at Tabernacle Church.

When I got to Lone Star Lakes in the morning, I met with John Woleben – who truly is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. I realized the last time I had seen him was at the same event this time last year.

Sure enough, I looked around and I could see familiar faces all around me from covering this event the year before.

After about an hour of taking pictures, I figured it was time to head on down the road.

As I was driving to Eclipse, I realized something else: I was the reporter who covered the extravaganza last year.

Sure enough, I pulled up to the Ruritan house and met with Paula Hicks (another one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet), and she ushered me through the exhibits, where I met a lot of the same artists I had met the year before, as well as some new people with extraordinary talent.

Side note: If you happened to miss the extravaganza, you would be amazed at some of the talent in this city. It’s a great event to check out some different art pieces and cool things made from people who might just live next door to you.

Anyway, back in my car, I headed to the office to knock out some writing. Knowing I had never covered a praise dance event before, I knew my déj vu day had come to a close.

It just goes to show you that while some things never change, they do still find a way of getting better.