In the new order of things, Pilot columnists take a hike every fourth week as our contribution to the paper's freelance budget demands. Unfortunately, the news that provides grist for the columnists doesn't always happen on that schedule.
Like today. When I would have been able to fill a column last Thursday with election stuff, I was benched. So I decided to do that column anyway and turn it in on Wednesday, as I knew the editors would be immersed in election news and wouldn't notice.
Besides, it would serve as a late Halloween joke.
Well, after I wrote the column it turned out to be an idea that didn't work, so on Tuesday night I'm in my TV room at home, watching the talking heads and election numbers and taking a final despairing look at the bad joke that didn't work. The first part is about the canonization of Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece because she cast a much-desired City Council vote under a great deal of stress that she herself caused.