Some of my coworkers question my claim that I've been at this game for 20 years, hopefully because I look so young! But seriously, this year marks 20, officially, and more if you count working for community newspapers -- the Uptown Examiner and the Chula Vista Star-News -- in San Diego when I was a teen. I don't remember if I got paid. In 1987 I did receive a regular check to work at my college newspaper as a staff writer. And in 1989 I started stringing for the Los Angeles Times' Westside Edition (now defunct). I don't think I got my first byline until 1990, though. From covering the L.A. Riots to raves to presidential elections, it's been fun, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.