P calls at 10h40 (I'm on the night shift these days) and says, "Ma Ying-jeou is having lunch with Shinzo Abe at the Ambassador. Do you want to go and cover it?" I can't believe I actually said, "But I'm on the night shift, still at home. And I don't think I should go because I'm not very confident about writing political stories. Writing about him meeting Ma and Lee Teng-hui and about the Diaoyutai (Senkaku) Islands last night nearly killed me and I don't even know if I got it right."
Politics is really not my cup of tea and probably my weakest area in reporting, but I still can't believe I said no. I never say no to working early/late. I never say no to the office. What is wrong with me?