Another day, another table full of grimacing leeks

If I haven’t already made it abundantly clear, working at a newspaper is nothing like anyone seems to think it ought to be. For one thing, no one has ever yelled “Stop the presses” except in jest, and for another, I can now honestly claim to have wrangled a live bull for a photo shoot, waded into a bacteria-ridden lake (in January) to hold steady a boat full of mimes and businessmen and mermaids and cheerleaders and what-not, waded into the pool at the Elk’s Lodge (in January) to hold steady a staff writer’s boat for an engagement photo shoot (proud to say a same-sex engagement photo, and this was before Prop 8 had been overturned), staged an art party in moving trucks, staged a Street Fighter photo shoot in front of McCarthy’s … and these are just the oddities my addled pre-coffee brain can remember.

So painting faces and hair on leeks one random Thursday at work isn’t actually all that strange. Not by my standards at least. To be perfectly truthful, I drew on the hair (with highlighters) and Executive Editor Ryan Miller added the faces. We both have our artistic limitations. Ryan can’t draw hands, for example, but is sufficiently comfortable with this shortcoming that he worked it into his blog as a sort of theme. I can’t draw anything, and so surround myself with incredibly talented people who can.

Why leeks? Our 2013 Year in Review theme–an annual tradition for the last issue of New Times–was a leaks-themed affair, in honor of Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and everyone else with the courage to tear down the curtain and reveal another slice of truth, however horrific.

So here are some behind the scenes leeks, for you to stare, marvel, and salivate over:

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