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I had no idea the candy jar thing would be so popular, at least with my co-workers. Just yesterday, two people, a TV photographer, and an on-air host walked up to me, with a handful of Mike and Ike's, and told me they never would have known about its existence, except for the blog. No problem, but it did create another thought. With so many hands reaching into the jar, it's a good idea to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in the area.
It also got me thinking about the kinds of junk we tend to eat in the newsroom, especially at this time of year. It starts after Halloween, when people bring their leftover candy to the office, and throw it on the desks for general consumption. (The reason they do that, by the way, is because it works. I believe food will disappear in a newsroom faster than anywhere. In fact, rumor has it, someone here will even go so far as to snatch someone else's lunch from the break room refrigerator.)
Anyhow it generally continues with a vengeance through the holidays. There's always some kind of goody around. Add to that the occasional muffin run by the morning team and the birthday cake for every employee, you get the idea. Even with all that, the vending machine people say their business stays steady.
It makes me wonder, with all the talk about healthy food in vending machines in schools, how the newsroom will change in the next 20 years. Maybe instead of jars of candy, we'll bring carrot sticks. Nah, pass another piece of cake.