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.


Blogger Myles said...

so, i gather you're in d.c.? what happend to arkansas? why are you in washington? fill in some blanks!!! what about the lady?!?

January 11, 2005 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Viator said...

No no no, my DEAR Myles--
Not THE congress, merely that of the great state of Arkansas. You're quite right in that I'm leaving gaps in my narrative big enough to roll Sylvia Brown through. In this season of resolutions (followed closely by resignation), I shall strive to do better.

To my bookseller and senate gallery owl hats I shall be adding that of the journalism student--trying one class on for size at UALR. My other project this week is to do in several nights what Ibrahim did in several months, and finish up my personal statement for admission to Notre Dame Law School.

In short, I don't know what the devil I'll be doing next year, but I'm keeping mighty busy in the meantime. And the lady? She's looking into residency programs in Indiana . . .

January 12, 2005 at 9:46 AM  

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