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Phoning co-workers early in the a.m.

What is the earliest you have called a workplace colleague?

I thought about this when I noticed that The Slice Blog's first anniversary is coming up.

On the actual launch date last May, a technical glitch or some planning miscommunication made it impossible to open the blog on the morning that its arrival was announced with a page-one promo.

So I phoned the SR's online honcho at home. It was about 5:30 a.m. I'm quite sure I woke him up. But he could not have been more gracious.

Before that, my only early morning crisis call had come quite a few years ago. I didn't actually look at the paper until getting to my desk that day. But it was still really early. And when I saw a headline on a news story that described the president of GU as a Nazi priest, I decided to phone the newspaper's editor at home. I had a hunch his dayplanner would be undergoing revision.     

His wife answered. She woke her husband. And I told him how he would be spending his day.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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