I might not have mentioned, but I'm interning for a local weekly newspaper in Muscat for a while. It's a pretty good job, so far we (that is, Lucky, Katz and I. Chikki was with us before she left for the UAE) have just been doing the music and movie pages.
Gossip, trivia, all that. Currently, we're trying to do a feature story, but this isn't about that.
Today, before we got down to making calls for the feature story, Katz and I sat down to quickly finish with the Hollywood and music pages. A little trivia, the song charts, and a few gossip stories.
"Dude!" Katz was staring at the screen of the iMac when I went over. "Ricky Martin's gay!" And there it was, on the TMZ website, in all its glory.
No surprise, really, but the man finally came out, in a post of his official website.
Of course I grabbed full rights to this piece, and spent some time compiling a 200 word story on it, with a huge smile on my face and my fingers crossed. Once done with that, I finished the rest of the music page and submitted it to our supervisor.
Later, in between being irritated by receprionists who answered the phone and sent me to extentions where no one picked up, I went over to our supervisor to check if our music page was fine.
"Yeah, but the Ricky Martin thing..." she said, dryly, "You know we can't run that."
"Ah well, I was trying my luck." I replied. "Didn't think it'd work."
"Yeah...Don't you know there are no gay people in Oman?" she mocked as I returned to the desk I work at.
That tells you everything you need to know.