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JT's Quarantine Chronicles: Remembering what Georgia Frontiere said about a messy desk

JT's Quarantine Chronicles: Remembering what Georgia Frontiere said about a messy desk

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Messy desk Georgia Frontiere

The desk has gotten a little cluttered since Sunday. (Jim Thomas photo)

(Fourth in a series of dispatches from quarantine.)

EDMONTON, Alberta — During the heyday of the “Greatest Show on Turf,” lots of nationally prominent media members found their way to Rams Park in Earth City.

One of the semi-regulars was Lesley Visser, a Hall of Fame sportscaster/reporter and a trailblazer among women in the industry. She’d usually stop by to say hello in the media workroom, and on one such trip, she chastised me — good-naturedly — about my messy work area.

I relayed this to Georgia Frontiere, the late owner of the Rams. Georgia was a world-class eccentric, but had a knack for making people feel better about themselves.

“A messy desk is the sign of a creative mind,” she told me.

With that in mind, on Day 4 of my quarantine, my desk is getting messy.

It has been a busy four days in my 11th floor room at the Westin: getting organized for what lies ahead, trying to work ahead, and writing daily stories.

Wednesday went like this:

— Woke about 7 a.m. local time, coffee, transcribed phone interviews with prospects Tyler Tucker and Joel Hofer.

— At 9 a.m., watched live stream of Blues scrimmage in St. Louis. Lots of scoring.

— About 11 a.m. took part in Zoom call from St. Louis with coach Craig Berube and a couple of Blues players. After Zoom call, had daily call with colleague Tom Timmermann, our eyes and ears at Centene, to talk shop and coverage plans.

— Noon, started Blues chat. Surprised by low number of questions this week.

— About 2:45 p.m., finished Blues chat.

— Napped for about an hour.

— Wrote story on prospects Tucker and Hofer and their experiences at Phase 3 (training camp).

— Around 7 p.m., radio hit with Brendan Wiese on the Big 550, KTRS.

— Around 7:30 p.m. called home for another lecture from wife about staying in the room.

— 8 p.m. time to write latest Quarantine Chronicle.

Hey, lots of people work harder at more important things in life than hockey. And as my dad used to say: “It beats digging ditches.”

The pace will slow down over the weekend, which is when the temptation to leave the room could hit an early peak.

Watched a little TV a couple nights ago; wanted something Canadian and there was a History Channel-style documentary on the First Nations. Interesting.

Ordered tuna on wheat from Subway for lunch for third day in a row. Must break out of that rut. About to get some dinner now.

One week from today, Blues are scheduled to play an exhibition game against the Blackhawks. I really think this is going to happen.

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