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Meet Joe Lanane: He’s too young to remember Laverne and Shirley

By Joe Lanane

The most difficult part of starting a new job is the acclimation process. Anyone as impatient as me can relate to this, but it is necessary to ensure everything is in order before performing my job with regularity.

I have been fortunate to sidestep most of this process and hit the ground running. Less than one week at The Daily Reporter, I already found myself meeting governor candidates, tackling construction issues as they relate to pro golf tournaments and digging into race-related lawsuits.

And all that goes outside my assigned beat, as I will be responsible for covering Milwaukee County and its outlying areas.

Welcome to “Mill-e-wah-que”

After relocating from Indianapolis this past weekend, I have much to learn about Milwaukee County and the surrounding area. I have already been scrutinized for butchering the pronunciations of many suburban communities — Waukesha and Wauwatosa, among others.

It seems it will take more than a classic Wayne’s World scene to learn about southeastern Wisconsin. But between my co-workers and the few sources I already met, I am confident it won’t be long before I’m comfortable with the area.

What’s next?

I’m looking forward to getting many of my story tips from our readers. Don’t hesitate to contact me via e-mail or comment directly on my blog. I am fortunate to be part of an operation that features a very specific readership. It is not often readers are as intimately familiar with the story content as our subscribers.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your feedback.

Joe Lanane is a new staff writer at The Daily Reporter. He’ll eventually learn it’s just “Tosa.”

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