The News-Sentinel newsroom can be the scene of some wacky comments from time to time, either to relieve the tension of the day or because there's a wide variety of humor and quirks among our staff.
Sometimes, we share unusual phone calls and emails with each other. For example, one caller couldn't believe that our building wasn't a bingo parlor. Even after a reporter insisted that she was calling the newspaper office, the caller and some other people showed up in our parking lot ready to play bingo.
Another caller asked if they were calling a bar.
We compile crazy comments by callers, emailers and ourselves. Here are some of our favorites:
Fire dispatcher to a firefighter over the scanner: "Do you need backup?" Firefighter: "It's a fully destroyed Christmas tree. I think we can handle it."
County reporter/religion editor Ross Farrow, asking Lodi city official Jeff Hood about a squirrel on a power line that caused an outage: "Will there be a memorial service for the squirrel?" Hood: "No, standard cremation."
Lodi police dispatcher: "This is not 'Cheers.' Not everyone is supposed to know your name."
Sportswriter Ed Yevelev, on the phone with the mom of a 7-year-old BMX rider: "That's awesome because I'm the least extreme person ever."
Lodi City Hall reporter Maggie Creamer: "It is such a Monday." Design editor and cartoonist Marc Lutz: "I don't like to think in those terms. I make up my own days." Creamer: "So what day is today?" Lutz: "Blackberry."
Maggie Creamer: "At least he shows up on time." Business/police/ag reporter Sara Jane Pohlman: "Good job. Good job for showing up and doing OK."
Caller to newsroom: "Is this the bar?"
Visitor to the newsroom to Editor Rich Hanner: "You have all these people guarding your kingdom." Rich: "They're working hard and eating chocolate oranges."
Maggie Creamer: "What are you chuckling about over there?" Lodi Living Editor Lauren Nelson: "I'm Instagramming meat."
Lauren Nelson: "The only reason I would have more than one kid is so they could learn how to fight."
Former intern James Striplin: "Sara (Pohlman) crawls under your skin with a compliment and then shatters you from the inside."
Lauren Nelson: "I don't know what to wear this summer."
Photo Chief Dan Evans: "You would think in a newsroom, we'd have something more interesting to talk about than cake in the breakroom." Maggie Creamer: "Uh, have you ever been in a newsroom?"
Former police reporter Katie Nelson: "There's a new HBO show about journalists." Dan Evans: "Are they all sitting at home not having jobs?"
Maggie Creamer, leaving a message for Editor Rich Hanner: "You can call me back at 369-7035. But you probably already know that number."
Lauren Nelson, on a source: "He keeps sending me all this official stuff and I'm not writing about it. I'm not Maggie."
Maggie Creamer and Lauren Nelson, talking about how many pencils were gone from a new package: Creamer: "You had rage in your eyes." Nelson: "It's because you can't keep nice things around here."
Dan Evans: "Off to the dam to take some damn pictures."
A Boy Scout, looking at a pile of spare change at the copy desk: "What's all that money?" Learning Link coordinator Cyndi Carter: "That's their retirement fund." Boy Scout's mom: "Should we add to it?"
Dan Evans, who is 6 feet, 3 inches tall: "I'd live in a beard if I was tiny."
Features Editor Pam Bauserman, upon learning that Sara Jane Pohlman called in sick: "Maybe she's preparing for the end of the world."