It's been nearly four weeks since I received my walking papers, but I finally found a new job... well, sorda. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review last week offered me a freelance reporting position focusing on the Mt. Lebanon area. I begin tonight, but I don't have those normal first-day jitters because I won't actually be entering the Trib's offices in the old Clark Building. Instead, I'll be sitting in the audience of a school board meeting - something I did many times before with the O-R.
Maybe the real reason I don't have those jitters is because I spent four years walking the halls of that antiquated Mt. Lebanon High School building. It's seems fitting I'm restarting my career in the building that was supposed to jump-start my life. Just like Billy Madison, I'm going back to school.
UPDATE: 9:21 p.m. - Nothing substantial to report from Mt. Lebanon, except I ran into another former O-R staffer, Terri Johnson. It was really nice to see her and we talked for a few minutes before the meeting. She landed on her feet and has been hired by The Almanac to work as a regional reporter. I wish her the best of luck, and look forward to seeing her at more Lebo meetings.
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