ESCANABA - No matter your job, it is easy to take things for granted.
Working at the paper mill, a manufacturing plant, the downtown hardware store, the grocery store or wherever, it can be downright exciting or excrutiatingly boring. We just show up, do what is expected and often do more, then go home or find something to do like golf, bowl, ski, yard work, etc.
This job is no different. We see some excellent games, and find some events that are tedious to attend. Each day is different, but there is always the thrill of performing under deadline pressure.
It can be taken for granted, but many days time just flies by and you realize your job is really a blast and you're having fun.
Covering events for your reading pleasure recently has been tremendous, yet very time consuming.
From cheerleader contests to basketball, from gymnastics to hockey, from wrestling to simply putting out a paper each day, it has been challenging and fun.
Sharing the dreams of young athletes and bringing their stories to your home is by far the high point.
Tuesday alone provided the opportunity to visit with three prep football players - Jake Hadel, Kent King and Mitch VanEffen - about their plans to play in college.
What a great opportunity for them, and for area fans who have enjoyed watching their high school careers blossom into reaching the next step. Setting a goal, having a dream, and then reaching it is what life is all about, and to share that moment with those young men and our readers is tremendous.
Another highlight came Wednesday with a phone call from Munich, Germany, where Joe Gorecki is taking the next step in his figure skating career. We had exchanged emails Tuesday and set up a general time frame in which a call would be possible, yet it was a surprise when the call came so quickly.
Better yet it showed how far this amazing world has come. He was talking to me through his computer, something I thought was only possible on some far-fetched television show.
What an experience. It will be fun putting that story together.
Later Wednesday provided a chat with Amanda and Carl Brunngraeber, who won a free trip to the Pro Bowl, for a story about their experience.
The daily grind can be blessed with wonderful experiences, which are the ones we cherish and make our jobs all the more scintillating.
It is a great job.