1. Saturday, December 12, 2020

    ive been doing this thing on IG 

    where every day i am writing about a job i had.

    i started with my first job at McDonalds and yesterday i wrote about working at the Daily Nexus in college.

    this is a picture of me and former EIC pat whalen reading Friday’s paper that morning.

    nobody’s there because we didn’t have papers on Saturday but somehow we both ended up there

    as did Joel Brand who took this picture.

    back then it was rare to take pictures but Joel was/is rich so he not only had a camera but a damn good one, and knew how to use it.

    so pat and i were reading the paper, going over every story. writing, design, humor, killer lines.

    i remember one day we did this he totally insulted the arts section i had done that previous night.

    i was like, youre kidding, right?

    he spoke slurry like hunter s thompson, and whispery

    “i dont kid this early in the day.”

    then he started red penning things.

    i was stunned.

    a several months later we were on that same couch, and like in this picture, nobody was in the newsroom.

    not even joel.

    i had been fired by pat’s best friend larry for telling him he couldnt submit his dumbass pre-write about Sinbad at the Pub because it was late. Larry said, but im the EIC. i said dont you understand, if everyone sees that even the rules apply to you, then i’ll never have a story submitted late again.

    i was running something crazy like 20 pieces a week in our 8 page section.

    he said, if you dont run this you’re fired.

    i said, you cant fire me, the section isn’t put to bed.

    so Larry watched me work all night and when we were done he said yah fired.

    a few months later he hired me back because the Gulf War was starting and the paper needed a few more writers.

    pat negotiated a summit where larry would leave me alone, i would be a co-news editor but i had to stick it out.

    well, that war was a bummer. and i was writing stupid stories like people getting flag poles to show their support to the troops. i hated everything, so i quit.

    so larry told pat, see i told you he’d quit. screw you tony, youre banned.

    i was a senior, i had a girlfriend, i lived a 10 minute walk from the beach, fine, some time off so i could live like a normal student for my last few months in college. works for me.

    but then the california collegiate awards deadline was approaching. no one had called me to see which of my arts sections should be submitted for state.

    which is how i ended up on that couch with pat, like i was telling you.

    i said, pat, which ones are they submitting.

    he said, none, they’re going to submit the Video Guys’ sections. i said, dude, let video guy have three issues and i have three issues. and we went through the ones that should be mine.

    and during spring break we all went up to sacramento

    and for the first time ever the daily nexus won best arts section in state

    and it was mine.

    and i won it in a dress

    and as i was walking up to get my little plaque i could hear pat

    with his elongated delivery

    irony of ironieeeeeeeees!

    so yes, i love this picture.

    and mr w. patrick whalen.