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Presenting: Awkward Alone Girl

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate meeting an interview blind?

I hate looking around constantly wondering who I am supposed to meet. I hate waiting alone sitting at a lonely table. I hate thinking that they will never show and trying to figure out if they will be a no-show.

I guess a blind interview is very similar to a blind date.

This past Monday I found myself in just this position. I was waiting for a man named Kevin at a pavilion by the beach.

I got there 10 minutes early, I find being a little early is always best. I found a nice seat, grabbed my phone and started playing around on it waiting for the faceless man.

The thing is, I could never get too involved in the Nerts game I was playing out of fear that I would miss my interview.

About 11 minutes after our meet time, I sat on the bench feeling like much the fool. I stood looked around, sat back down and then started over looking for the guy.

Luckily, this week’s meeting did not turn into me being stood up, but I have not always been so luckily. At least now I know how I would fare on an actual blind date. No thank you.

Rain, Rain Go Away

This past week was my first hurricane, at least as a reporter.

I’ve lived in Florida all my life so I’ve been through my share of storms. My senior year of high school I was out for a month without power after Hurricane Ivan destroyed my town.

I will never say I’m excited for a hurricane, they’re far too destructive for that, but I was extremely ready to be out in the elements reporting the happenings.

If you’ve followed the news you know that Hurricane Isaac veered away from the Emerald Coast and poured down on Louisiana and Mississippi.

But for those of you destined to cover hurricanes for a newspaper, I thought I would impart some wisdom on how to prepare.

Shop:

*You need enough water for 72 hours for yourself (one gallon a day)

*Get some non-perishable food (i.e. Craisins, tuna, pop tarts, granola bars, etc.)

*Hygiene products

 

Pack:

*In Florida if its hurricane season its also hot. Really hot. So pack some shorts, shirts and tennis shoes

*Keep a laptop and other on-the-go tech accessories

*Make sure you have a hat (the wind can get really rough), rainboots and a rain coat (rain is kind of a buzz kill)

 

Go:

Make sure you have enough gas to get you through the inevitable dry spell of gasoline