Whenever you think of something in terms of “one week” does the Barenaked Ladies song pop in your head? Well it does for me. Anyways…
Today marks the end of my first full week at The Dallas Morning News and my first week in Dallas. The drive into Dallas last Friday was a bit stressful. There are so many freeway interchanges and WAY too much construction! As soon as we entered El Paso (my childhood home for 7 years) we were surrounded by pick-up trucks. I guess everything really is bigger in Texas. Texan drivers are a bit…dangerous for a lack of better words. If you don’t pay close attention, you might get run over. About an hour or two outside of the Dallas city limits my parents and I encountered a drunk driver. The experience was scary but luckily we made it safely and no one was hurt.
It’s been an interesting seven days to say the least, especially in terms of the weather. If you follow me on any social media outlet you may have seen me freaking out about the sleet, snow, freezing rain and freezing temperatures on Sunday the 2nd. After living on the West Coast the majority of my life I haven’t had to deal with severely “cold” weather (although I think anything below 65 degrees is cold). When I moved into my apartment on the first of the month the temperatures were in the high 70s, low 80s. Yay! But then, a winter weather advisory appeared. Temperatures were expected to plunge 50 degrees overnight. My parents and I stayed in all day Sunday (with the exception of my dad going to get some more groceries. Thanks Dad!) because of the awful weather. The roads were icy and outside was no place to be. All of our plans were ruined. We didn’t get to drive by the office or visit one of my father’s childhood friends in Fort Worth.
Temperatures started to warm up for my first day on Monday but it was still pretty cold at a “toasty” 30 degrees. Luckily, my parents accompanied me to the office and my dad drove me to work. I met a lot of people in the office, got settled in at my desk and filled out some paperwork with HR. My parents and I were also able to visit my dad’s friend. On Tuesday, I drove myself to work with my dad in the passenger seat. I met my mentor and got assigned my first story. My dad drove back to Scottsdale on Wednesday and my mom is staying with me until next Saturday. On Thursday, I interviewed the founder of a tech startup for a story that should run in the paper on Sunday the 16th. My mentor is profiling two companies and I’m profiling one, therefore the story will have a double byline.
Since Wednesday I’ve been driving to work by myself and even to the grocery store. Slowly but surely I am learning the enigma that is Dallas. On Sunday, my mother and I are going to visit The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. I can’t wait. It’s hard to believe that I live and work so close to such an important piece of history.
It was a great and busy first week and boy am I ready for the weekend!
Oh. Just in case you started to have a Barenaked Ladies craving I’ve got your back.