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Sliding into Summer (and bar prep!)

Downtown Dallas near the Omni Hotel

Summertime is nigh.

Rising temperatures and tornado outbreaks mean that springtime is almost over in Dallas.

My days are zipping by quickly with extremely early work mornings and a demanding bar prep schedule, but I’m still making time to walk the dogs and hit up the usual gayborhood spots with friends.

Cassie Nova hosting a drag show at S4 nightclub in Dallas.

Cassie Nova hosting a drag show at S4 nightclub in Dallas.

Gunter and Ingrid on a dog walk in the Perry Heights section of the gayborhood.

Gunter and Ingrid on a dog walk in the Perry Heights section of the gayborhood.

Comparing our shoes at an Oak Lawn happy hour.

Comparing our shoes at an Oak Lawn happy hour.

Gunter, the chiweenie on our balcony one morning.

Gunter, the chiweenie on our balcony one morning.

Back to studying

I’m sitting for the July bar exam here in Dallas, which means that I’m undergoing the bar prep experience that many of my old classmates did years ago.

Back at Thomson Reuters, my positions were J.D.-preferred, so getting licensed was never a priority. Continue reading “Sliding into Summer (and bar prep!)” »

Dallas Morning News

Early mornings

Working on a newsletter early in the morning.

A new schedule.

My workdays start at 4 a.m. now.

After a trip to the Keurig, the Chrome tabs start flying open — I am off checking analytics, various news sites, and a myriad of Slack channels to produce the morning roundup for The Dallas Morning News.

By 7:00 a.m., the news roundup is online and in people’s inboxes. Next comes a round of reader emails and social media exchanges before I head into the office.

I try to leave the office by 1 p.m., but afternoon meetings make this impossible on most days. And least once a week, a late meeting or evening technical issues blow my workday past the 14-hour mark. Continue reading “Early mornings” »

Dallas Morning News Oak Lawn

Hillary and the pitbull

Oak Lawn Dallas

I got up around 4 a.m. today, wrote the morning news roundup, and then posted the newspaper’s Hillary Clinton ‘recommendation’ to Twitter and Facebook (where it would go viral.)

By 5:30 a.m., I was running for my life down Cedar Springs Road.

I came across a stray pitbull while taking the dogs to the walk-up Starbucks at the edge of Oak Lawn. We were several blocks from my apartment building when I noticed the 70-pound pitbull staring at us from behind an apartment building fence.
Oak Lawn Dallas
Ingrid, my labradoodle, barked at the pitbull and it darted toward a fence opening.

Cut to me sprinting at full-speed down Cedar Springs road with a labradoodle and a Chihuahua. It felt like a scene from Stranger Things (or at least a Dallas version of Scary Movie.)
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