You may have noticed there’s a new name floating around the newspaper. I was hired about a month ago, and while I’m not a new face in the area, like any new neighbor, I thought I ought to introduce myself.
I could give you my basic statistics — former farm girl, Fulda High and Northwestern College alumni, writer and now reporter — but even I find all that a bit boring and uninspiring.
So I thought we could play a game instead. Three Truths and a Lie is a classic ‘get to know you game’. The rules are simple: I tell you three truths and one lie and you have to guess which one is the lie. Ready? 1) I have been told by a foreign government that I must leave their country within a month; 2) I can handle mice, scorpions, cockroaches, ants, snakes, and geckos sneaking up on me, but if it flys and has a stinger, someone else had better kill it because I’ll be long gone and probably hiding somewhere; 3) I can’t get through the day without at least one cup of tea; 4). Before working at the Daily Globe, I worked as an environmental conservationist and technician.
Well, what do you think? Can you guess the lie? Here are the answers:
1. True – Last October, for a variety of reasons related to the organization I was working with, I was told by the Bolivian government that I had one month to leave the country. Not only did they want me to leave, they wanted to proof that I was somewhere else and I had to submit evidence that I went through immigration and entered another country. I’m not sure what sort of terms Bolivia and I are on right now, but since they gave me a large “DENIED” stamp in my passport, I think I’ll give it a bit longer before I try to visit again.
2. True – I’ve in fact had all those things living in my room with me at one time or another. My favorite are the geckos that used to hang out on the walls of my bedroom in Nicaragua, waiting for a mosquito-snack to fly by and chirping at me as I studies Spanish verbs. In spite of all that, bees, wasps, hornets — all of those still freak me out.
3. True – I’m a recently converted coffee fan (as long as it has a liberal dosing of sugar and milk) but I still need a strong cup of black tea in the morning, my current cup of choice being Welsh Breakfast. I hate to admit it, but I even have an entire cupboard in my house dedicated to my tea collection.
4. False – Close, but not quiet. Before working at the Daily Globe, I did grant writing and educational outreach in environmental conservation. While I’ve worked in the public and private sector, for profit and non-profit organizations in and outside of the United States, this is my first time in journalism and I’m loving it.
How did you do? I hope you’ve enjoyed this less than typical introduction and I look forward to writing and getting to know you all better as I continue working the the Daily Globe.