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Girl Talk
An unexpected vacation
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

July 12. 2013 9:31AM
It’s Monday, July 8, and I’m on vacation. Yet, here I sit before the computer at home, trying to come up with a topic for this week’s “Girl Talk.” The two days I had to work on the paper last week simply weren’t enough to get the entire paper written, including my weekly babbling.

But it seems to be one of those weeks where nothing’s coming to mind other than the fact that I’m on an unexpected, yet somewhat planned vacation.

It all started earlier this year when the copy desk staff at the Argus Leader and myself put in our “extended” vacation requests for the year. And apparently, back in January, the first week of July must’ve seemed like a good week to take some time off. And while I had put my request in and it was OK’d, I failed to put it on my personal calendar.

So imagine my surprise when the copy desk schedule came out, indicating that Alica would be covering the Challenger last week. With a few story interviews arranged for Tuesday and Wednesday, I instead opted to take Friday through Tuesday off.
But this vacation has been somewhat of a “working vacation.”

On Friday, my mom tagged along with me to a ballpark in the tiny town of Essig, Minn., where I snapped some photos as the Valley Springs Legion boys squeaked out a 1-0 victory over the Apple Valley (Minn.) 76er’s in their first game of the Upper Midwest Classic. It was the only game of the weekend they won, so I consider myself a “good luck” charm for the team.

A few weeks back, Coach Hieb teased (at least I hope he was) me that if I brought them bad luck, I was banned from the dugout. Turns out they won that day, and I’m still allowed in the dugout.

On Sunday, I worked on those photos, wrote up a week’s worth of Legion baseball and another story, and then spent a few hours at the office getting those stories to the pages of this week’s paper.

I’ve always compared the world of the weekly newspaper to that of a memorable Dunkin’ Donuts commercial, where the daze-eyed donut maker continuously repeats, “It’s time to make the donuts” as he goes to work each morning and comes home at night.

Yep, it’s the same in the weekly newspaper business, too. Each week, after the pages of the Challenger are wrapped up, I start work on the next issue.

But every once in awhile, it’s nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the job, and sometimes, an unexpected vacation – event with a little work – is just the perfect surprise.
Community organization needs
This week’s needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry are jams and jellies, paper goods (plates, napkins, towels), bottled juice, Lipton Side Dishes (noodles). Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food cannot be distributed. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To donated to the BAFP or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum helps the organization in funding requests for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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