My first day on the job I was asked to write a column that would be published every Wednesday.
By Mickey Djuric
Going to get my own spot in the paper they told me. Write what you please. Immediately I felt a sense of excitement, almost like what I felt when the Riders won the Grey Cup last year. Just pure happiness.
That, of course, only lasted momentarily until reality set in. A dark cloud started to hover over me, and it wasn’t the Saskatchewan winds bringing in this storm.
Having a weekly column in a daily paper is a lot of pressure. No one wants to come off as arrogant or obnoxious or bore readers into forever glancing past your column in future papers.
I felt like Hunter S. Thompson who once went to a tattoo shop in a sketchy area of San Francisco and made a friend get tattooed minutes before the shop closed, just to have something to write about in his column the next day.
The tattoo artist didn’t get it and neither did I until I was told I needed to come up with something to say every week.
As a reporter I’m used to writing what people tell me and I've realized creative ideas, especially original ones, are hard to come by.
I panicked for a moment trying to come up with ideas. Did I have to go to Bloodline Tattoo in downtown Moose Jaw for an outrageous tattoo, like a unicorn, just for a good story to tell?
Then it hit me. Why don’t I just introduce myself to the community of Moose Jaw? After all, I am new in town and writing for your publication.
So here it goes. Hey, I am Mickey. I originally hail from Toronto, but have been working out west for the past two years. My mom is still convinced I gave my heart away to this province and that I’m never moving back to Ontario.
But what can I say? The people here are great.
I’m excited to discover what Moose Jaw has to offer and explore the city. However, I’m mostly looking forward to getting to know everyone who has made this place such a wonderful community.
Hopefully my column will be able to capture the essence of this city and the energy of its people and my journey living here. And if you see me on the streets, come say ‘hey.’
You never know, you just might make it into my column.
You can follow Mickey on Twitter @Mickey_MJTimes.