After I performed the list of tasks below, I wrote this blog while consuming a Grey Goose and orange juice. Gotta load up on Vitamin C before the storm, kids!
Hurricane Sandy is on her way. As a resident of Pennsylvania, I’m following along with the traditional inclement weather protocol of panicking while purchasing bread and milk like it’s the end of the world.
As a journalist, this preparation includes a few extra things.
1. First, I fed the Boyermobile. It was hungry.
Here I am at Rutter’s on Pennsylvania Avenue filling my car with gas and wearing my jammies just because Cost: $48. But it’s necessary. I’ll probably be out-and-about tomorrow, and if there’s no power I can charge my devices in the car.
2. I stocked up on supplies. Need to keep my glucose up.
Pro tip: Runts, Sour Patch Kids and assorted licorice thingies are crucial to the operation.
3. I loaded up my psychedelic orange gym bag with clothes and deodorant in case I’m stranded somewhere awkward tomorrow and can’t catch a boat to Walmart.
There may or may not be toilet paper in this bag. You can never be too careful.
As you can see, I’m all ready for Sandy. I’m also halfway through my vodka and orange.
I’m going to finish that and get to bed.
Signing off, folks.
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Today started like this and ended with a punch in my car.
This morning was lovely.
I had a pleasant walk from my house to the OffCenter Grill at the Yorktowne Hotel, where I planned to sip coffee and put the finishing touches on a story for the business page.
On the walk home, I stopped at the market and ran into Nuts About Granola employee Kenny Brown, who recommends a piano bar in this oh-so-awesome video I made at my last mobile reporting at the venue.
I bought some fresh vegetables. I went home and ate lunch. Continue reading
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Somehow, I always end up with photos of myself reporting.
York Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Chris Dunn (You can check out her blog here.) took this photo of me hanging out with a group of paranormal consultants at the end of January. It was an early morning. Note the Dunkin Donuts coffee mug on the floor.
I’m working on a story for an upcoming Sunday that involves hanging out with this eccentric trio and learning about what they do. Truthfully, it doesn’t feel like work at all.
In Chris’ photo, I’m wearing 50-year-old headphones and listening to audio footage from a recent investigation in which I followed the group. We’re honing in on electronic voice phenomena — disembodied ghost voices caught on tape.
Keep a look out for the story!
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Originally published in the Business Section of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, March 20, 2011.
By LAUREN BOYER
Daily Record/Sunday News
Maybe it was the DARE program or my parents’ stern warnings about alcoholism, but something seemed disconcerting about watching people crack
At 4'11" Mae Kreiger, age 86, is dwarfed by the taps at the White Rose. © 2011 York Daily Record/Sunday News -- Paul Kuehnel
open beers before the crack of dawn.
Reluctantly, I crawled out of bed, half-dreading the chilly, four-block trek between my house and Stogies, the White Rose Bar & Grill smoking lounge.
But I wanted to meet her. Mae Kreiger, that is. She’s the 86-year-old bartender who unlocks the place at 5:30 a.m. weekdays, welcoming third-shift workers and those seeking a little something extra in their morning coffee.
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Originally published on Page A1 of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Monday, July 18, 2011.
By LAUREN BOYER
Daily Record/Sunday News
They come in different flavors — civil, criminal, family.
A slightly sweaty Judge Harry Ness stops by Central Market for a sandwich. To stay active, he spends three lunch breaks a week walking four miles on the York County Rail Trail with Judge Thomas Kelly. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - LAUREN BOYER
One of them goes by “your honor.”
But when the clock strikes noon five days a week, they clutch menus around a York city lunch table, in the name of empty stomachs and colorful conversation.
Even after 15 years, the witty banter, jokes and idea-sharing remains as hearty as their appetites.
“We have networking and comraderie that you can’t get sitting at your desk,” said attorney Kathleen Prendergast, munching on a salad in Central Market recently.
Some might consider it a luxury in an age of shrinking lunch hours.
The average lunch break is 20 to 40 minutes, according to a CareerBuilder survey that also found 32 percent of workers taking less than a half-hour for lunch. Continue reading
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