A year in review: Thirteen things I learned in 2013

1. Don’t be afraid to see your source naked. It might happen from time to time.

2. Pastors like to eat at McDonald’s. Since writing this post, I’ve run into a couple other clergymen while working as a mojo beneath the golden arches. Trend story?

This is Pastor Chet Joines of Round Hill Presbyterian Church in Crossroads, Pa. I met him at McDonald's in Manchester while on a mojo adventure.

This is Pastor Chet Joines of Round Hill Presbyterian Church in Crossroads, Pa. I met him at McDonald’s in Manchester two weeks ago while on a mojo adventure. My odd “office” space caught his eye.

3. Put yourself out there. You might win $200.

4. You win someyou lose some.

5. In every mundane thing that happens, there’s a weird angle. Find it. Milk it.

Boyer and the beanstalk. An enormous sunflower planted by accident that we just hadddd to write about.

This is me and a giant sunflower. Life is weird.

6. Spend more time with the older generation. Sometimes, they’re just cool. Other times, they surprise you with information about how a local company is helping the U.S. government prevent another Benghazi-like attack.

8. Tater tots are totally a story. So are footie pajamas. And man purses. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. As they say in the hood, “Haters gon’ hate.”

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Designer tater tots make their debut in York.

9. People don’t know how to pronounce “Utz.” 

This photo, taken by coworker Jess Sprenkle, shows me offering chips to Bryan Tate, republican candidate for state representative.

“Ooootz?”

10. They also don’t know how to spell. But we love them anyway.

11. Use #Boyer101 whenever you teach a journalism workshop. Hilarity will ensue.

12. Stories about strip clubs are just funny. They just are. They will also cause your Twitter followers to jump for joy and schedule appointments for your next live blog.

13. Sometimes a cookie is just a cookie. Sometimes it’s a catastrophe.

Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

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