An award-winning week, kind of

By Melanie Yingst

Have you ever had a long stretch of klutz-filled events? Last week, I was a ball full of just weird, goofy and slightly embarrassing events.

It first began at the Ohio AP awards last Sunday. I was so nervous. It was my very first time I had ever been nominated. In fact, my boss Melody Vallieu was the one who turned my work in, unbeknownst to me. So it was purely a shock-filled moment to know I made the list. (Thanks again Mel!)

It was pretty awesome since life seems to run short on surprises as the years go by.

I’ve truly only received one other noteworthy award in any recent history. When I was in college many moons ago, two of my favorite professors tapped me as “Communication Student of the Year.”

So when my professor told me that I’d be receiving the award, I was elated because it was a surprise. I really wasn’t one to get any sort of academic recognition.

So at graduation, my favorite professor quickly pulled me aside and broke the news.

“They spelled your name wrong on your award. I’ll buy you lunch after graduation to give you your new one. Just take this old plaque of mine and pretend it’s yours for the ceremony.”

So you can see how my luck has been with these sort of ordeals. Of course I laughed and enjoyed an amusing lunch at the local Chinese buffet a few weeks later. That’s more of my style anyhow.

It was pretty cool being in the same room as award-winning journalists from around the state of Ohio. I loved seeing bylines of great writers from Ohio’s big papers that I read daily, live and in person. I kind of got goofy “fan girl” about it. I mean, some of my favorite WLW radio personalities were only a few tables away. My favorite Columbus Dispatch writer was within arm’s reach.

Oh, I didn’t talk to them. I just stared in awe at the back of their heads for three hours.

Fast forward through 900 categories, it was finally my category’s turn. The Troy Daily News award-winning David Fong aptly captured the moment on his iPhone, just as I did when he won several of his awards.

In the dark banquet room, the video shows me nervously wringing my hands right before my name is called. You see, when you make the list, you don’t know if you are first, second or third until you get there.

So when my name wasn’t called for third, and then for second, I got really dizzy in the 1.5 seconds it took to register.

And then, I had to concentrate because, you know, the walk.

Picking myself up out of the chair, I focused all of my energy trying not to trip while I weaved in and out of the crowded banquet tables during the 10-foot walk to grab my plaque.

I must admit, it felt nice to be a winner. The first thing I did?

I doubled checked that my name was spelled right. Shew! It was.

How did I celebrate when I got home — by mowing my yard and folding three loads of laundry.

Life has its great way of grounding you doesn’t it?

On Monday, I fielded angry phone calls and responded to less than kind emails just as I’ve done every day for the last seven years.

Later on in the week, I even managed to dump a Tim Horton’s large iced tea in my lap Thursday morning. Yep, it wasn’t even noon yet.

Luckily, I had my gym bag with dry clothes in my car because I didn’t have time to drive back home in the sticks and then back again into town.

Nevertheless, I had to show up for court arraignments sporting my Hoggy’s BBQ T-shirt and yoga pants.

Needless to say, it didn’t take me long to get off my cloud and back to reality folks.

By Melanie Yingst

“Twin” Melanie Yingst appears weekly in the Troy Daily News. She was slightly disappointed Bill Cunningham wasn’t in attendance or she would have totally gotten a selfie with Willie!

“Twin” Melanie Yingst appears weekly in the Troy Daily News. She was slightly disappointed Bill Cunningham wasn’t in attendance or she would have totally gotten a selfie with Willie!

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