Not quite as many stories as the week before. One reason: I wasted most of Thursday driving to a playoff softball game, only to discover it had been rained out.
Now before you say, “Matt, you dolt, why didn’t you call ahead of time?,” consider this: the game I planned to cover started at 3:00 p.m. As the playing location — Maud, Okla. — was about 95 miles from McAlester, I left at 1:00 so I’d have plenty of time to find the field, meet the coaches and get set up.
I didn’t call before leaving, but it didn’t start raining until about 1:45. And when I called the school after arriving, they said they’d started their noon game, then suspended it in the bottom of the sixth.
Six innings of softball translates to about two hours of playing time, meaning the game stopped about 2:00 p.m. By the time the rains came, it was too late to turn back.
Needing a story, I drove back to McAlester and followed up a tip I’d heard on the radio about a new hosting “Magic: The Gathering” tournaments. I wound up writing about that and McAlester’s blossoming gaming community.
The owners were overjoyed at the coverage, and a fellow reporter told me later she’d wanted to write about these guys, but they’d refused. So I successfully turned nothing into a story possibly more valuable than a postseason softball recap.
I just wish I hadn’t had to waste four hours driving in the rain in the process.