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The grindstone I love

Dupont Circle metro station(The exclamatory one-word titles are getting more difficult and more forced, so I’m bidding them adieu. :-p)

Today was more of yesterday, arriving early to work on the interactive I thought would be due today. (Though I did manage to grab a drink — a Sierra Nevada — with my fellow interns at an appropriately, if cheesily, titled bar, the Front Page, before I hopped on the Dupont Metro back. The Metro never fails to remind me of Disneyland’s Space Mountain or Star Tours. It makes me grin and reminds me of California.)

Not going to lie, all I could picture was my complete failure to have produced any sort of working interactive graphic, severely letting down everyone who thinks I have any talent whatsoever. Fortunately, two things happened: I was given an extension until tomorrow midday, and the lovely Kat Downs spent several hours of her afternoon reworking my Javascript with me. (Also, in a move that made me feel much better, she said that it was a pretty steep project to have started me on.) I had a few flashbacks to working with Mark Ng in the Batcave of Innovation (otherwise known as the New Media Innovation Lab) as Kat patiently worked through my snarl and explained what she was doing.

This is why it’s always been difficult for me to explain to people how I’ve learned what I have, and even more difficult to answer the question, “What classes should I take to build your skills?” I’ve learned everything I have through the kindness and patience of people like Kat and Mark, my friends Sam Lade and Sam Stoddard, the WordPress community (I really need to get off my ass and redo this blog so I can say that without feeling ashamed of myself :-p). And having a stubborn streak a mile wide doesn’t hurt my ability to pick up new things, either. Fingers crossed that tomorrow I’ll have an infographic to show off.

Published in A Cowgirl in D.C.