Be prepared. Isn't that the scout motto? I should know since I was a Girl Scout all through school.
Yesterday I went to the library planning to research a particular issue on this Pilot Mountain schoolhouse topic, but I got a little sidetracked. A gentleman in the local history room started telling me about his aunt who taught at the school. Hmmmm. Thick academic books or real life story? No brainer there.
No tape recorder either. I was not prepared, but I made do. I grabbed my pen and notepad, pulled a chair next to him and started taking notes. He was a delight to visit with and gave me more leads on people to interview.
Be prepared. Get the story.