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What I've Learned

Westfield Patch Editor John Celock shares some of the things he's learned in the last two years.

The last two years here at Westfield Patch, I’ve learned a lot. You can’t help it, being a journalist is a job where you learn a lot.

So on my final day as editor I wanted to share with you some of what I’ve learned the last two years.

  • That Starbucks vanilla skim lattes are actually a nutritional group.
  • That I am quite functional at 4 a.m. at a fire scene.
  • That by sitting in Starbucks for an entire day I will actually see every person who lives in Westfield at least once, if not twice.
  • That one stoplight can hold my attention for 11 months.
  • That if I don’t have plans on a Friday in July at 5 p.m., I don’t have to worry, the Board of Education can fix that.
  • That the best thing for me to do when scared of heights is to around northern New Jersey and the Hudson Valley with the doors open. (Actually I loved that trip.)
  • That curling really isn’t as easy as it looks on television.
  • That the best place to be on a hot, humid day is the Municipal Building. It’s an ice box in there.
  • That snow plowing isn’t easy.
  • That Patch editors can work together and bake a pie.
  • That food slicers are not my friend.
  • That Lindsay, Whitney, Heather and I can make a pretty good Tom Brokaw scarecrow for the Cranford scarecrow contest.
  • That sleep is highly overrated.
  • That the best sales people in town are students at Westfield High School.
  • That the closed is six seconds faster than the open one.
  • That I can’t tire of “Devil with a Blue Dress On” and “Everybody Loves McKinley.”
  • That a Cranford High alum can cheer on the Blue Devils.
  • That the people in Westfield are great. Thank you for an amazing two years.
Mark Friedman August 12, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Good luck John and thanks for all of the hard work and effort that you put into the Patch.
David Frantz August 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM
Good luck, John
Donna Perch August 13, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Best of Luck, John! Where are you off to next?
nancy gruskin August 13, 2011 at 10:50 AM
Best of luck to you, John.. Thank you so much for all you have done to advance the mission of the Stuart C. Gruskin Family Foundation. What is next for you?
John Celock August 14, 2011 at 11:25 PM
Donna and Nancy, I am headed to The Huffington Post DC Bureau as state politics reporter and Patch liaison. Thank you!

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