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Thursday, September 23, 2010

First month in the books

It’s hard to believe I’ve already been here in Peoria one month. Time has flied because it only feels like my first or second week since I’m still figuring out the newspaper’s work flow. When it comes to my work, I’m my own worst critic. I’m brutal and harsh because I badly want to improve in a highly competitive industry. I’m ticked if I hit a single since I’m forever swinging for the fences. Sometimes I have to step back and take a look at a group of work as a whole as a sort of self reality check. Here are a few of my favorite frames from my first month interning in Peoria:

Ongina reacts as a man stuffs money down her bra during a drag performance of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at the Peoria Pride Festival on the Riverfront.

Ongina reacts as a man stuffs money down her bra during a drag performance of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at the Peoria Pride Festival on the Riverfront.

Jared Oest, age 6, navigates his bicycle through a large puddle of deep water with his brother, not pictured, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, in a parking lot at Midwest Central High School in Manito, Ill. Several streets and parking lots in the village were flooded following a severe thunderstorm that pounded the area with high winds and heavy rain on Thursday afternoon.

Jared Oest, age 6, navigates his bicycle through a large puddle of deep water with his brother, not pictured, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, in a parking lot at Midwest Central High School in Manito, Ill. Several streets and parking lots in the village were flooded following a severe thunderstorm that pounded the area with high winds and heavy rain on Thursday afternoon.

Brothers Matthew Williams, left, age 5, and Keaton Williams, age 3, share a few laughs as they ride motorcycles and honk the horns on a ride on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at the Fall Festival in Elmwood, Ill.

Brothers Matthew Williams, left, age 5, and Keaton Williams, age 3, share a few laughs as they ride motorcycles and honk the horns on a ride on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at the Fall Festival in Elmwood, Ill.

Amy Caulkins plays with her daughter, Mackenzie, age 1, before taking the stage during a baby contest on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at the Fall Festival in Elmwood, Ill. This is the first year for the baby contest at the festival.

Amy Caulkins plays with her daughter, Mackenzie, age 1, before taking the stage during a baby contest on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at the Fall Festival in Elmwood, Ill. This is the first year for the baby contest at the festival.

Levee Town guitarist Brandon Hudspeth talks to the crowd after his band finished their set on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at the Illinois Blues Festival on the Riverfront.

Levee Town guitarist Brandon Hudspeth talks to the crowd after his band finished their set on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at the Illinois Blues Festival on the Riverfront.

Missouri linebacker Andrew Gachkar (6) knocks a pass away from Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins (8) as Jenkins crosses the middle on a slant route during a game on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Missouri linebacker Andrew Gachkar (6) knocks a pass away from Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins (8) as Jenkins crosses the middle on a slant route during a game on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Missouri tight end Michael Egnew catches a wide open touchdown during a game on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Missouri tight end Michael Egnew catches a wide open touchdown during a game on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

A runner in the Class 1A race struggles as she tries to pick up the pace approaching the finish line during the Woodruff Cross Country on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Detweiller Park.

A runner in the Class 1A race struggles as she tries to pick up the pace approaching the finish line during the Woodruff Cross Country on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Detweiller Park.

Bradley's Christian Meza (22) plays the ball into the box as SMU keeper Craig Hill, left, tries to stop the advance during a game on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2010, at Shea Stadium in Peoria. Meza advanced the ball past the keeper and scored Bradley's only goal on the play as the Braves lost 3-1.

Bradley's Christian Meza (22) plays the ball into the box as SMU keeper Craig Hill, left, tries to stop the advance during a game on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2010, at Shea Stadium in Peoria. Meza advanced the ball past the keeper and scored Bradley's only goal on the play as the Braves lost 3-1.

Luke Merrill blows some smoke out of the way so he can find his ribs to baste them during a ribs cookoff on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in Peoria Heights. The annual event pits a few friends against each other for bragging rights and a grilling fork.

Luke Merrill blows some smoke out of the way so he can find his ribs to baste them during a ribs cookoff on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in Peoria Heights. The annual event pits a few friends against each other for bragging rights and a grilling fork.

Jim Patterson looks out his driverside window to see as he uses a truck to mash down mud on the track on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Peoria Speedway. Rain throughout the day made the track too sloppy for racing, forcing some drivers to use their pick ups to help dry and smooth out the track.

Jim Patterson looks out his driverside window to see as he uses a truck to mash down mud on the track on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Peoria Speedway. Rain throughout the day made the track too sloppy for racing, forcing some drivers to use their pick ups to help dry and smooth out the track.

A man looks back at the singer as she performs the National Anthem before the start of an anti-abortion rally on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2010, in Riverfront Park in East Peoria.

A man looks back at the singer as she performs the National Anthem before the start of an anti-abortion rally on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2010, in Riverfront Park in East Peoria.

Terry Hicks, of Galsburg, Ill., salutes as taps are played to honor former East Peoria High School students who have been killed in the military during patriotic night ceremonies before a East Peoria-Washington football game on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, in East Peoria. Hicks served with the Army in Vietnam.

Terry Hicks, of Galsburg, Ill., salutes as taps are played to honor former East Peoria High School students who have been killed in the military during patriotic night ceremonies before a East Peoria-Washington football game on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, in East Peoria. Hicks served with the Army in Vietnam.

Peoria Notre Dame cheerleader Cassie Frow, right, reads "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens during halftime in a game against Quincy Notre Dame on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, in Peoria. Frow was reading for a quiz on Friday morning.

Peoria Notre Dame cheerleader Cassie Frow, right, reads "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens during halftime in a game against Quincy Notre Dame on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, in Peoria. Frow was reading for a quiz on Friday morning.

Dunlap quarterback Logan Schrader (10) tries to grab the football as it bounces away from him after being hit by Washington's Dan Massengill (46) and Zach Little (88) during a game on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, in Washington.

Dunlap quarterback Logan Schrader (10) tries to grab the football as it bounces away from him after being hit by Washington's Dan Massengill (46) and Zach Little (88) during a game on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, in Washington.

Todd Bennett reaches inside his race car before hopping in to take a few laps around the track on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Peoria Speedway.

Todd Bennett reaches inside his race car before hopping in to take a few laps around the track on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Peoria Speedway.

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