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All in a day’s work

All in a day’s work

So what did you do at work today?  I sometimes think about my job and how unusual it can be.  Take today for example. As I was driving to the Newark Airport to pick up Editor Pete Geiger and then on to meet up with ESPN, I thought to myself — who else does things like this during his/her working day?

As you know by now, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting an “intense storm with heavy rain, wind, snow…” on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2014, and that it’s being played outdoors in a cold weather environment — MetLife Stadium, NJ, (thus the interest from ESPN).

After I picked up Pete, we were on to East Rutherford, which is close to the stadium, to meet with Rick Reilly, an eleven-time National Sportswriter of the Year, and ESPN Columnist and Television Contributor/Essayist. Reilly had some good questions about our weather predictions for the Super Bowl as well as some others about the Almanac itself.

They taped interviews with Peter and myself and are scheduled to go Lewiston, Maine, Farmers’ Almanac headquarters, sometime soon. It was a fun morning and now I’m back in my home office …waiting for the next interesting job request I might get.

(I have visited a farmer for a CNN interview, met Anderson Cooper & Lou Dobbs, sponsored a National Desert Contest, toured with a mosquito trap company, hit a bus (ok just tapped it) on my way in to NYC for an interview, and gotten poison ivy while on a photo shoot. It’s all just part of the job.)

I’ll let you know when our interview will air on ESPN so you can tune in. Until then …here’s to unusual days on the job.

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If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.