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Gotta like this job

July 9, 2010 - Diane Speer

There are a lot of reasons why I like this job, but here are today's two: I just spent a sizeable chunk of my work day chatting with two really interesting people about really interesting subjects - and I was getting paid to do it.

First, I headed over to Thunder Bay Theatre to conduct an interview for a preview story on the theatre's upcoming show, "Doubt." J.R. Rodriguez, who is directing the production, filled me in on the particulars of "Doubt," which then led to an extended conversation about his love of theatre and some of the different theatre experiences he has had along the way. Personally, I'm not one who would ever want to get up on a stage and act myself, but it does intrigue me catching a glimpse of the motivation behind someone who does perform and seeing the passion he has for his chosen vocation.

My next stop was at an archeology dig being conducted by students from Alpena Community College. Dr. Richard Clute, who was leading the dig, is extremely knowledgeable about this region's earliest inhabitants and the artifacts they left behind. It was fascinating to hear him tell about some of the artifacts that have been unearthed at this particular site. The students involved in the project all displayed their own excitement, especially those who spotted a 1000-year-old disc during the process. 

Eventually,  I will have to turn these separate conversations into stories for publication in our newspaper and on our web site, but that's just another aspect of my job that I really do like! Look for the archeology dig story in Monday's Alpena News and the "Doubt" preview story in Wednesday's paper.


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