Behind The Scenes Of A Curling Reporter

Continuing my life’s work of being a curling reporter, today I have decided to give you a behind-the-scenes look at my glamorous life.

The most important thing I have going on this weekend in the curling reporter world is: deadlines.

Lots of deadlines. Coming at me fast. Too fast.

In the next four weeks I will complete four curling stories. One for class, three for the World Curling Federation.

How does a curling story come together when you live in Los Angeles and the event you are reporting on (the World Women’s Curling Championships) is happening in Beijing?

The answer is plenty of phone calls, Skype calls, and emails. But before you can get to the actual calling of people, you have to do the research to find out who you have to call and why. Which takes a lot of time. Even if you’re a curling know-it-all like I am.

This is pretty hard to manage when you’re in grad school and having stress nightmares about your thesis, as well as all the other assignments that you’re falling behind in. It’s really, really, really not easy.

I used to think that grad school was world’s easier than actually working. But the great thing about going to work is that they pay you. In grad school — you pay them. And if you fail — you pay them again. This is the situation I’m trying to avoid right now.

There are so many things to do that it makes a person want to dig a sizable hole in the ground, jump in it, pull some dirt over top, and come back in another life as a potato.

As far as I know, that is not an option. But I’m doing my best to pretend like it is with my “depression naps.” I learned this phrase this weekend. It’s where you’re so stressed and tired of your own life that you take a grand ol’ nap at about 5 p.m. so that you can stay up the rest of the night worrying. Or something like that.

Anyway, I don’t want any of you guys to worry about that.

All I want you to know is that there are these things called deadlines. And when someone trusts you with something, like a story about curling, you can’t mess it up and miss them.

Therefore today I shall put my nose to the grindstone and get working on hitting these deadlines. There are some awesome curling stories that need to be birthed into the world. If I don’t do it, I’m not sure who will.

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