Well, it actually the woman in charge of the Sports section of the Burlington(WI) Standard Press. Anyways, they cover the Burlington Blue Devils(Ironman Football League) Semi-Pro team, so I thought I'd give them a call and explore the possibility of some freelance work with them. To make a long story....well....not so long, after telling me that she would talk to the main editor to see if they had the budget for me, she did not call me back---like I expected them to, anyway. I sent my site link to her anyway, to see if there would be interest. Well, she comes up to me at the game earlier tonight and gives me the lowdown: The paper doesn't have the budget for the extra photos, and the plan was to blow me off---gently, she says---by not calling me back. I assured her that that was OK, as I was not expecting any call back anyway. So, she goes on by telling me that(after seeing the stuff on my site), that she wants to use my pictures for the paper coverage, but they don't "have a budget to speak of". "That sucks", I said, sympathetic, and continued on with my coverage. I don't know how anyone else would have handled that, and I know how big a thrill it is to be published, but I just don't want have my name attached to a great photo in a printed newspaper for nothing. I've been there before, and it was a great feeling just seeing your name in bold, but the novelty has since worn off. The personal coverage would be nice, but I don't feel my work is worth only that. Am I a jerk for brushing her off?