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The start of Columbus

June 29, 2015

 

I just hit the 3-week mark interning at The Columbus Dispatch and it felt like it was time for a blog post. I've really enjoyed this paper and city so far. There's always something going on, someone to talk to and learn from and I'm dealing with the whole not having a yard for the first time thing a lot better than I imagined. 

 

I'm living near the OSU campus, which is about an 8-minute drive to downtown and a good atmosphere in the summer. I'm really liking the routine of things so far. I usually have 1-2 assignments by the time I get to work, and if not any I'll go feature hunting. I think slow days are good for me; they seem to motivate my internal self imposed pressure. There has been a lot of rain the past two weekends so I've quickly adapted to the THINK TANK, wet socks lifestyle.

 

As far as the next few weeks go, I'm really going to push myself to keep working with lights and hopefully get going on some sports. Also, there is a story I'm about to begin and I'm very, very excited, as it will cover an issue that is near and dear to me. I'll post more on that within the week. Here are some of my favorite photos thus far, thank you for looking :)

 

Chris Kusovski, 17, of Gahanna blows bubbles during the Walk the Moon concert on Friday evening, June 26, 2015 at LC Pavillion in Columbus. (Dispatch photo by Leah Klafczynski)  

Kyle Miciahfout (left), 11, and Damian Lambert (right), 9 block their friend Darius Goff, 12, after he takes a shot from behind the three-point-line at Dodge Park's basketball court in Columbus on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Fans cheer during the Walk the Moon performance at the LC Pavilion in Columbus on Friday, June 26, 2015. The group is based out of Cincinnati and are known for their hit, "Shut Up and Dance." (Dispatch photo by Leah Klafczynski)

Mary Herrejon with Kingdom Mission International Ministries prays with her daughter Daria, 11, at Ohio 7:14, A Solemn Assembly of Prayer, that drew more than 500 people to The Ohio Statehouse on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch photo by Leah Klafczynski)

Parade attendees ended up embracing the rain as the streets began flooding during downpour at the 34th Annual Gay Pride Parade downtown Columbus on June 20, 2015. 

Jake Hoffman, who was discharged from the United States Air Force in the 1980s for being gay, sits for a portrait on Thursday afternoon, June 25, 2015. Even years after "Don't ask, don't tell" was repealed, veterans are still fighting for benefits they lost when discharged because of their sexual orientation. Hoffman, 51, recently won his fight for an upgrade with help from Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus and was granted his GI bill benefits. He is currently attending college and raising 4 boys with his partner, Chris. (Dispatch photo by Leah Klafczynski)

Agatha Horstman, 7, of Cincinnati reads a headstone in search for a 44th Alabama Stone at the 119th Annual Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, June 14, 2015 in Columbus. (Dispatch photo by Leah Klafczynski)

(from left to right) Stefan Knuckles, John Grinstead, John Herwig, Chelsea Simmons and Eric Pacella stand for a portrait outside of an art studio on West Rich Street in Columbus on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Kizzy Hall is this weeks Local Limelight. Their next performance will be on July 2 at Ace of Cups in Columbus. (Dispatch Photo by Leah Klafczynski)

Julia Diloreto (center), 13, takes a photo of a flower during the guided tour at Sunny Meadows Flower Farm in Columbus on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Julia came from Dayton to tour the flower farm with her mom,  Maria Diloreto (left) and sister Kiara Diloreto (right). (Dispatch photo by Leah Klafczynski) 

Wyatt Humphreys, 15, parkours off of a wooden structure downtown Columbus. Wyatt and his parkour teammates from Parkour Horizons hung out at the Columbus Arts Festival on Friday, June 12, 2015. "When he was in kindergarten he had to draw a picture of himself, so he drew himself with a bump on his head. He was always jumping around," said Wyatt's dad, Justin. (Dispatch photo by Leah Klafczynski)

Troy Nixon, who works at Columbus Window, waits at the top of the administration building at Battelle before scaling the building to demonstrate the application of a decontaminating gel on Wednesday, June 25, 2015. (Dispatch photo by Leah Klafczynski)

A pedestrian walks down Town Street toward Civic Center Drive in Columbus while it rains on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (Dispatch photo by Leah Klafczynski)

Jake Hoffman, who was discharged from the United States Air Force in the 1980s for being gay, admires his 8-year-old son, Colton, in his front yard in Columbus on Thursday afternoon, June 25, 2015. Hoffman, 51, recently won his fight for an upgrade with help from Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus and was granted his GI bill benefits. He is currently attending college and raising 4 boys with his partner, Chris. (Dispatch photo by Leah Klafczynski) 

Justin Cottrill, 24, is chased down by his friend Brandon Russell, 19, at Skate Naked, a skatepark in Columbus on June 19, 2015. Justin and Brandon often drive from their home outside of Pittsburgh to skate the Columbus park on weekends. "It's the best indoor skatepark around," said Justin, who has been skating since he was 13. "Go Skateboarding Day" is this Sunday, June 20. (Columbus Dispatch Photo by Leah Klafczynski)

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