I became a full time employee of this company on Feb. 2, 2009. Five years ago. Half a decade. Kind of humbling to think of the passage of so much time. I’m not daft enough to think that’s important to anyone but me, yet it did cause me to pause, to reflect and to look through our archives to see when my byline first appeared in the Sun. It was in mid-July, eight-and-a-half years ago. It was my first Crime Log and the start of my relationships with Sun Region readers and Sun Region sources for news stories.
For me, it has usually been a pleasure—though I could happily live the rest of my life without covering a murder or a child abuse case—and it has always been educational. Being a professional journalist is a lot like going to college, except that you don’t pay a tuition. The drawback, of course, is something my teachers told me when I was a boy that I did not believe until I became an adult.
Homework is eternal.
But everlasting homework is a small price to pay to live and work in Seal Beach.
Thank you, Seal Beach.