The Duck Flies at Midnight

I’m headed to Washington, DC on Friday for six days at a nerd convention for work. Seriously. If you guys knew what I did for a living (my day job, that is), you would be completely flabbergasted. In fact, you could probably speculate all day long and never guess exactly what it is I do between the hours of 8 and 5. We’ll keep it like that for now. Just know that it is not glamorous or remotely cool, but pays the bills and provides some mild enjoyment.

ANYWAY, six days in dorkdom aside, this is becoming a bit of an annual trip for me and I will be catching up and having fun with my dear friend, Camille. We wrote for the high school newspaper together. She was editor-in-chief. I was features editor until I decided it was too much responsibility and went on to cover such titilating topics as “Heap of the Week” (a regular feature about the crappiest cars in the school parking lot) and “Pro vs. Con” (like, should we or shouldn’t we have a stoplight in front of the school and can boys and girls just be friends?). I also had the pleasure of reporting on an unfortunate incident in which the mother of a sophomore girl hired a stripper for her daughter’s birthday party. All hell broke loose in the family-friendly community of Pleasanton, CA.  After I uncovered some previously unreported details about the event, the principal threatened me and the journalism teacher called my mom saying things like, “the first amendment” and “revealing her sources” and “contempt of court.”  Oye. DRA-MA. Who knew that writing for The Amadon could be so controversial?

So, back to DC… Camille and I will hang out.  We’ll do Georgetown and monuments and Smithsonians and sushi and, the best part of all, check out the International Spy Museum.  The amateur sleuth in me is ecstatic.

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7 Responses to “The Duck Flies at Midnight”


  1. 1 Kerry September 10, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    frickin HI- larious. We did research at the courthouse, man. That was real. You were a big time sleuth, Shea. Remember when you were interviewed for the 5:00 news?

  2. 2 cam September 10, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Ahhh, the Stripper Story. Good times. I was watching little league football the other day and the kids wore HUGE white helmets. It made their heads so heavy that when they fell down they couldn’t get back up again by themselves. It reminded me if Skinner’s big-head baby. Poor kid, I hope she grew into that thing.
    In somewhat related news, I heard Drew and Paige are engaged. Not that it matters because while both of them live in a neighboring town, I have written them off my list because they NEVER called me back. Ever. Lame.

    ps. we will so go to the Spy Museum. I haven’t actually been there yet so I’m excited. I will dress up as Nancy Drew when we go.

  3. 3 sheaj12 September 10, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    I’ll dress up like her friend Bess. Or maybe George because I’ve always liked that George was a girl with a man’s name. And maybe we’ll meet a guy that we can convince to be our Ned Nickerson.

    *sigh* Amador days. Or Don Days, as you may remember them… Good times, good times. I knew Kerry would like that one, especially since The Hawaiian Dream was featured as a Heap of the Week.

  4. 4 Doc September 10, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    so…you like mysteries and spys and cabals, eh?

    if your firm is like mine, they’re tight. as in squeak when thinking tight. so when i’m back in WDC it means i’ve just driven down from Baltimore. which is a pain, but…’bout halfway down there is the exit for Ft. Meade, not that they’ll let you in, being the No Such Agency and all…

    however, they DO have a very fine cryptology museam outside the gates where you can do some research…

    oh – don’t forget to sign the guest book!

    ; ‘ )

  5. 5 The D September 10, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    Hey Barbra freakin Walters over hea! Have a good time in D.C. and say hello to my older brother, just walk around saying Hi to everyone you’ll eventually get him.

  6. 6 Kerry September 11, 2007 at 9:00 am

    hawaiian dream…..couldn’t you write a whole post on that topic? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_Reliant

    please note the reliant was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 1987. Now that’s a distinction.

  7. 7 Matt Hoffman October 25, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    I totally remember the Male Stripper Scandal…ha ha ha!

    Which principal threatened you? Was it the stupid asses from our senior year? The principal that year totally threatened me once when I first met him…he said, “Mr. Hoffman, I have heard about you. Don’t think I have not heard about you showing up to dances drunk, and throwing wild keg parties that you advertised here at school. I am watching you…and if I catch you…you ass is out of here.”

    I laughed in his face…and then the Vice principal got together with Mr. Reese (Harvest Park Vice Principal) and tried to take away my parking permit one day. he said I squeeled my tires taking a corner. Duh, of course i did….i was driving a lifted Jeep Wrangler that had 36 inch All terrain tires….The squeal every single time you take a turn. What tools!

    I still say that scandal was nothing compared to the dead Deer in the Pool incident that proceeded our departure from Amador. Funny shit! It was actually my idea. I just never went through with it…I was too busy fucking with foothill high school to trash my own school!

    Damn…I can not believe they threatened you and your MOM…I still remember when I called Mrs. Wolgemuth out on being a re-writer of History and a liar. Thats how I ended up in Mr. Mannions class to begin with! ha ha ha!

    Matt


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