Our newsroom is a fairly lively place. We get weird phone calls from people trying to order burritos or find their cousin in Florida. We prepare for interviews and photographs at nudist colonies. We discuss painful past relationships, what it would be like to work with us and how much someone would have to pull for a beard to unravel.
OK, maybe it's a both a pretty lively and weird place.
Thanks to former cops reporter Layla Bohm, our newsroom has a record of all our funny and often outlandish comments since 2004. We call it the quote file, and often read through it when we need a chuckle at work.
We picked out some of our favorite quotes to give you a glimpse into our world.
Lodi Memorial Hospital maternity ward nurse to county reporter Ross Farrow: "Did you bring chocolate? You can't come in without chocolate."
Newsroom Assistant Machelle Homer: "I'm clicking on a link that says 'Attend a festival.'" Lodi Living Editor Lauren Nelson: "What type of festival?" Machelle: "I don't know yet." Lauren: "I thought you said 'a tender festival.'" Machelle: "I don't know if I'd want to go to that festival."
Lauren Nelson: "You are my hero." Cops and courts reporter Jordan Guinn: "Wow, you aim low."
Caller: "What is this?" Ross Farrow: "This is the Lodi News-Sentinel newspaper. Who are you trying to reach?" Caller: "I'm trying to reach my cousin." Ross: "Does your cousin work here?" Caller: "No, he lives in Florida."
Lauren Nelson: "I should look at my list to see what I need to do today. Where is it? Well, no list, no work."
Lauren Nelson: "I never thought I'd Google Gaga."
Jordan Guinn while eating a French fry: "It tastes like a hug." City Hall reporter Maggie Creamer: "Spoken from your true inner fat kid."
Machelle Homer amid the hoopla about the world ending two days earlier: "I tried to get Regina (in bookkeeping) to pay us on Friday."
Jordan Guinn: "Love conquers all when you're 19." Lauren Nelson: "Is that what happened to you?" Jordan: "Ha ho! Do you want your knife back, or do you want to just leave it there in my spine?"
Sunday caller to News-Sentinel office: "I'd like to order a burrito."
News Editor Kyla Cathey: "I don't know if you know what split infinitives are but —" Copy Editor Haley Pitto: "I was really bad in math." Kyla: "That's not a math term; it's English." Haley: "Oh ..."
Photo Chief Dan Evans on shooting pictures at nudist camp the next day: "You don't know how hard it is to take pictures of naked people in a family-friendly way."
Ross Farrow: "Pulled pork? What does that mean? You take a pig and pull it?"
Cops reporter Katie Nelson to Jordan Guinn: "Every woman is the devil to Jordan, so that's not a fair characterization."
Education reporter Sara Jane Pohlman on the phone: "I'm kind of working on an article. Well, I'm actually working on an article, not kind of. That was weird."
Lauren Nelson (talking about herself and Maggie Creamer): "I wonder what it feels like to work with us, and not be us."
Maggie Creamer: "That was my last coherent thought before I plunge into a food coma for the next two hours."
Haley Pitto: "I'm going to be the woman who is a spinster and has a lot of cats. When someone asks to see a picture of my children, I'm going to pull out a wallet full of cats in dresses."
Sara Jane Pohlman on how she thinks she sounds on a recorder: "I sound like a chain-smoking man."