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Please don't give up on this disorganized writer

Sad to say, this is about as good as it gets, organization-wise, in the old Wheels office. This shot was taken shortly after a major excavation of the desktop.
Sad to say, this is about as good as it gets, organization-wise, in the old Wheels office. This shot was taken shortly after a major excavation of the desktop. The Wichita Eagle

I suffer from a condition called "reporter's desktop." At any given moment, you can best measure the amount of notes, printouts and newspaper clippings stacked in haphazard piles on my desk in pounds, if not short tons.

Things tend to get tucked away in or absorbed by the growing debris field, only to pop up at the strangest times. I clean off my desktop every year or so, whether it needs it or not.

I always feel guilty when I find something I meant to do way back when, but which ended up being shuffled into the holding pattern.

That's the case with this week's featured car, Jim and Sherry Tabor's Poppy Red '58 Corvette. Sherry had dropped me a couple of notes a good long time ago and I was intrigued by her description of Jim's longtime street pounder.

But one thing led to another and... well, you know. It wasn't until Dennis Underwood sent me a very nice series of photos of the car that the wheels started rolling again. I hate to admit it, but that was about this time last year.

By the time I finally called the Tabors, Jim had fitted a new set of steel wheels and police-style hubcaps on the car, which has evolved through several different looks over the 48 years he's owned it.

So what I am really trying to say here amounts to my annual plea for patience. If you or a friend have submitted a story idea and I haven't gotten back to you, don't give up on me.

I am old and forgetful, but I promise you, somewhere in the heaps on my desk, or stashed in a file drawer or buried in a plastic folder, that story idea is still there. And no, I don't mind being reminded, since that is easier than playing archeologist and actually digging through stuff, which often just sidetracks me again.

Story ideas and/or reminders are best channeled to me via e-mail at mberry@wichitaeagle.com.

Maybe I'll be more organized in 2010... yeah, right.

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