Monday, January 10, 2005

Digesting Congress

I've just finished what feels--after months of part-timing it--like a real heck of a workday: 7-11am at Barnes & Noble, followed by an 11:30-5:30 first-day shift at my new job with the "Legislative Digest," whose customers (mostly lobbyists) are counting on my keen powers of data entry. The job will be perhaps the most interesting and the most powerfully dull one that I've ever had. It requires me to get gussied up and, then perch up in the state senate gallery with a laptop (and some Jelly Bellies, if I can get away with it), making a blow by beurocratic blow record of what our public servants are up to.

So I'll be privy to the entire narrative sweep of the 86th Congressional Assembly, from its reconveening today, to the end of it all several months hence. You'd think, on the face of it, that I'd learn a lot from such a job, and I very well might, though so far I don't know that I'll pick up too much more than I did in high school civics; all the REAL fun takes place in committee meetings, which my laptop and I won't be invited to.

The real question now is, how do I make this pay beyond the job itself? Maybe the AP needs another in-house (in-Senate?) stringer.