Relief: I sent a blitzkrief of phone calls out over the past couple of days throughout Minnesota and the country for my second, bigger story on the Red Lake school shooting. I was very worried at first. But everything turned out fine.
A1: My editors were happy with it, as I got information that other newspapers and magazines didn't get. So my story landed on the front page. Besides my story, a colleague wrote an accompanying one about the growing influence of hate groups, such as the one that held so much fascination for 16-year-old Jeff Weise, among teenagers.
Feeling Minnesota: There's a chance that I may be going to the far northern reaches of this still-frozen state in the next couple of weeks for a follow-up story. But I have to figure out what the story angle is first. Reporters aren't getting good access to sources, and two Associated Press photographers were even briefly held at gunpoint by tribal police. Not that I can blame them. But damn.
To Run or Not to Run … the Run vs. Row 10k tomorrow? That is indeed the question. I've been so busy with the school shooting and other news that I haven't run since Tuesday, and that was only a quick 3.5 interval run. I've slept only 4 hours a night all week, so I'm dog-tired.
Plus we have friends in from out of town, and I'd love to catch up with them over dinner and a bottle of wine tonight and not have to worry about running a 10K race at the crack of dawn tomorrow.