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It certainly was a busy week for this old reporter

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010, at 5:38 PM

Despite the fact that most of the volleyball and football teams were eliminated in one fell swoop, it was certainly a busy week for me last week.

It began on Tuesday with a trip to Indianapolis.

First there was a trip downtown to Monument Circle and a visit to the studios of 1070 the fan and Greene County son John Michael Vincent.

As I followed the directions issued to me by my GPS unit, I quickly realized why I returned to Indiana some years ago from the big city of Atlanta.

I spent nearly a year in the fifth largest city in the United States and the largest in Georgia -- and most of that was spent trying to find my way through traffic.

I'm not saying that traffic in Indianapolis is anything close to what Atlanta had to offer, but it was close enough to remind me that I had no desire to go back.

Anyway, I finally made my way to Monument Circle and to the Emmis Broadcasting building.

After a short period of waiting for the security guard at the front desk to clear me -- it must have been my dangerous look with a camera bag on my shoulder and a computer bag in my hand that forced the delay -- he guided me to the elevator and pushed the button for the sixth floor.

Guess, again I looked to be too much of a deadly assassin type to operate an elevator in the big city.

When I arrived I expected to find another guard or a desk or someone who knew I was coming to greet me.

Wrong again genius, this time I happened to find a young lady walking from somewhere else to send me to where John Vincent was located.

She led me to his cubicle and I introduced myself. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, John had to go do some type of super secret radio stuff.

I think it involved recording a secret transcript of the next take over of the free world with one of his colleagues, but I could be mistaken.

When he returned we moved to a production studio and began the interview.

When it was over we moved back to his cubicle and I was introduced to his producer Tony Donohue.

He was just 22 years old and made a remark about not getting all of John's jokes. Something John referred to as the "age canyon."

Then shortly before 3 p.m. I followed the two men down the hall to the 1070 studio where now radio personality Dan Dakich, the former IU player and coach, was just finishing his show.

I shook hands with Dakich and we exchanged pleasantries. Then I took a seat and watched a true professional broadcaster go to work.

His smooth on-air delivery and solid interaction with callers was all one could expect. He gave a representation of Greene County or "The GC" as he and Donohue call it, that would make anyone from the area proud.

After a bit more time of sitting in the studio, I found my way out and back downstairs to my car.

Then with a touch or two of my GPS I was back on the road, this time to the westside of town and Covenant Christian High School for the volleyball regional.

Along the way I made a stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a local shopping mall and Best Buy.

I've been to the Speedway so many times that I have lost track. So it was pretty much just an uneventful stroll through the gift shop.

After that I drove down the street to a local strip mall where I checked out the video game store -- where I was panhandled by a deaf mute old man for four bits -- then walked down the way to Kohl's for a brief trip inside to browse the aisles and try to get an idea for my wife's Christmas present.

After that it was an exploration to find Covenant Christian High School.

Following the instructions on the GPS I found it rather easily and realized I still had some time to kill so I went in search of somewhere else.

What I found was Best Buy and the chance to finally see my first Apple ipad.

It took just a few minutes for me to realize that I wanted one, wouldn't have the money for a long time to get one, but still wanted one.

With that completed I went on my way back to Covenant Christian and to the regional.

It was a small school with a gym smaller than the Union (Dugger) gym. Very loud, very busy place, but very comfortable as well.

In just over an hour the Lady Thunderbirds of Eastern Greene pulled out the win leaving me with little more to do than write my story.

Along with a colleague from the Bloomington paper I did my work from a classroom and headed back home.

Then comes Saturday and a trip to Columbus North for the volleyball semistate.

And you think you do a lot in your week?

Rick is a sport writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487 or by E-mail at rcurl@gcdailyworld.com.

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