When an email to the entire newsroom starts off "If Lois Henry wasn't so stupid and full of herself...," you know you're in for a super great day.
That's right. It's time again to share some of the inside scoop of what it's like working on the inside scoop.
Truth be told, I get a fair amount of positive emails, letters and phone calls.
Of course, the negative ones stick in my mind. Not just because the authors disagree with me but often for their flair with words.
For instance, I don't recall the subject matter of the "full of herself" email.
I just like the unambiguous nature of the first line.
Same with "Lois Henry You're an irresponsible fool," in response to my column that the names of law officers involved in in-custody deaths, should be public.
"You ask for transparency, why?" the anonymous writer asks.
Not to belabor the issue, but explaining why it's so important to name officers was the entire focus of that column.
Perhaps that person didn't understand the point because of my poor writing skills, which were noted by someone who didn't like my column on how Kern County is stonewalling the brother-in-law of a logger killed in a 2011 accident.
"Stick to water issues Lois. It seems to be the only thing you know anything about, and please, stop writing like a 12 yr girl talks."
Now I'm confused.
Because according to an email from yet another reader, I'm not exactly ringing any bells in the water realm either.
"If she is going to cover water issues, it would serve her to write as knowledgeably as possible," read an email taking me to task for not pointing out the runoff season is April-July in a recent story about how low the Kern River is this year.
Oh well, I shall "endeavor to persevere," as Lone Watie advised in "The Outlaw Josey Wales."
Speaking, of persevering, The Californian is neck deep in a new endeavor simulcasting a three-hour radio/webcast news and talk show on KERN 1180AM and www.bakersfield.com from 7 to 10 a.m.
It's called "First Look with Scott Cox."
People have asked what it's like working with SCOTT COX, which I do every Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m.
And yes, that was meant to be as loud as it looks. Because, with Cox, that's where the volume is stuck.
All. The. Time.
Whether it's some random band no one but country-fried hipsters have heard of, a high-tech hubcap for a sports car or the latest Dewars chew flavor, Cox talks about it non-stop at top decibel.
If it sounds like I'm dissing him, I'm not (mostly). Talking about ever shifting topics with nary an "ummm" or tongue tied moment is a talent I do not possess.
But let's face it, my columns don't exactly lend themselves to a scattershot approach.
I typically write about serious (some might even say arcane) topics that require a lot of background and explanations of complicated government regulations.
All of which has provided a few awkward moments in the show and a lot of eye rolling on my part. (So much that a co-worker mentioned a quote she felt exemplified my relationship with Cox that: "I rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain.")
Suffice to say there's a fair amount of brain viewing every Wednesday.
Such as when Cox had a picture of a runaway pig in Fresno on the web while I was trying to discuss a political debate. Or his blurting out "Batman!" when the topic was the Sheriff's Office recent in-custody death.
Oh and there was the time he made a joke about Catholic priests while I was talking about Kern's infamous molestation ring prosecutions.
Yeah, there's a lot of sighing as well.
Tune in to see how it's working out. I'm pretty sure there's a pool on when I'll finally snap.
But fair warning, I'm not nearly as glib as Cox, which I was reminded of by a reader/listener who sent a note telling me she liked my topics but "enough with the 'you knows.'"
I would say I'll try and curb that verbal tic, but now that it's been brought to my attention, I can't stop the "y'knows," y'know?
Opinions expressed in this column are those of Lois Henry, not The Bakersfield Californian. Her column appears Wednesdays and Sundays. Comment at http://www.bakersfield.com, call her at 395-7373 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org