A rundown from CBS This Morning on Nov. 1, 2016. (Red is a bad thing.)
When I saw the news early Tuesday morning of the SEPTA strike in Philadelphia, I had a flashback to 11 years ago.
I was a cub reporter for The Temple News. I’d written two articles (poorly) for the paper so far, and then one of SEPTA’s unions decided to strike. It was a Monday. And my news editor asked me to go get reaction to the strike from Temple students stranded with no transportation.
So that’s just what I did. I spoke to several students waiting for emergency Temple shuttles that never seemed to arrive. And frustration was rampant.
I have the perfect icebreaker in my back pocket. It’s always guaranteed to be a conversation starter, and the conversation can thrive for several minutes. It typically goes something like this:
Stranger: “What do you do?”
Me: “I’m a news writer for a morning show.”
Stranger: “Oh, you must go into work pretty early.”
Me: “Yeah, I work overnights.”
Stranger: “What time do you go in?”
Me: “2 a.m.”
What follows is some combination of a dropped jaw, a gasp, an expletive or bulging eyes. Hook, line and sinker.
But let’s talk about the reality of working overnights.