Sorted right? Not quite...NATHAN BURDON
@nathanburdon Part of the reason for firing this blog up again was to give people an insight into how this business works.
Before I get any further into this post, let me start by saying that I love my job, I feel really fortunate most of the time to be doing what I do.
I most certainly would rather be doing this than working in a woolshed or a supermarket of any of the other jobs that I've had along the way.
That's not meant in any way to be disrespectful to people who work in woolsheds or supermarkets either, but you get my drift.
Anyway, Sunday shifts are probably not much fun in any job.
The family are mucking around at home, it's been a long weekend etc, etc.
Not so bad if the rain is beating against the window, but if the sun is shining, oh boy.
The thing with newspapers is that little things can throw you whole day out the window.
So earlier in the shift I was really pretty confident of walking out the door on time about 6pm.
Then the Southern Steel go and win their first game in Australia, ever.
I hadn't planned on running a pic with the Steel story, because who wants to a pic of another Steel loss in Australia and it can be a bit of a nightmare getting pics from over there.
An historic Steel win changed all that though, and the hunt was on.
No agency pics available.
No surprise there - this was women's sport in Australia, coverage is sketchy at the best of times.
Thankfully competition organisers have a photographer at most games, but unfortunately they tend to send out any pics well after all their other commitments are completed.
With some pushing from Steel's comms manager, an image finally arrives a couple of hours after the game.
It's a great shot of Jhaniele Fowler-Reid owning the Thunderbirds defenders.
Only problem is that between Adelaide and Invercargill the file has become corrupted.
Cue the start of another long wait.
Which is why, more than four hours after the game has finished, we are writing this blog instead of being at home putting the kids to bed.
Once again, this isn't meant as a complaint.
No one becomes a journalist because of the stable work hours.
With any luck, a strong image will be accompanying a write up of a strong Steel performance in Monday's paper and it'll be worth it.
- The Southland Times