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My week as a real Calamity Jane on a cattle drive in Montana

In my 20s, I worked as a news journalist at a regional paper called The Daily News in New Plymouth, New Zealand.   I earned the nickname Calamity Jane because every time I was on late duty, a major disaster happened – a gang shoot-out, an ammunitions warehouse on fire, capsized Korean fishing vessel, six car pile-up, a cyclone … you name it, I covered it.  The Chief Report would ring the police and fire brigade to warn them I was on late duty. It was that bad. But this story isn’t about my journalism days or the disasters I covered.  It’s a[…]