Typically, when someone insists I interview them through email, I assume they're a bit shy, or maybe they have something to hide.
But this month, teacher Jim Miller gave me his best reasoning yet.
"I'm sorry it took so long to get back to you, as I have not had WiFi access," he casually replied. "I am in the middle of the Malaysian rainforest taking a class on primate conservation."
Miller, a Castalia native and a teacher at Cleveland Heights High School, brings his science classes to Erie County often for educational, nature-focused field trips. He's well-versed in worldwide travel, and has studied in Costa Rica, Belize, Namibia, Peru and Mongolia.
He visited the Sandusky area in late May with his students and I contacted him in early June, hoping for a follow-up interview about his experience.
Luckily, Miller was up to the challenge of an email interview across the globe.
He adapted to a 12-hour time difference, as well as spotty Internet connections, to provide me with the answers I needed to complete my story. The information arrived right on time, and he included plenty of detail to spare, too.
Kudos to you, Mr. Miller, for your passion, and your desire to showcase your students, your school and your work.
And to anyone who's yet to return my phone calls or emails for other stories: I'd like to hear your excuses now.