"Ah, so you're the new Joe?"
That's something I've heard more than just a couple of times over the last two weeks since Joe Zavala handed over the Daily Tidings sports section to me.
And yes, I guess besides my legal name, I should just go ahead and get used to being 'New Joe.' (Joseph is my middle name, so I guess we're already close.)
It's got a nice right to it, don't you think?
My first couple of weeks getting to know the Ashland sports scene has been an enjoyable one even as I continuously rely on the GPS app on my iPhone to make sure I am going to the right places and not turning down random streets while I'm trying to get back to the office to write on deadline.
But as I've walked into the office the last few days and realized that the Tidings sports section is now under my full command — cue up Tom Hanks in 'Captain Phillips' being told "I'm the captain now!" — I've been thinking about where I can try and go with it in the coming weeks and months with winter sports winding down and the spring season just around the corner.
I have an idea of what this section could feature, and I'm sure that it's an intriguing one to some of you out there.
Even with that, here's the question I have you: What do you, the people of Ashland, want to see on pages 13 through 15 each day?
That may be an easy question for some, a little more difficult for others. There's a lot of different ways we can go with this.
And there could very well be just as many answers as there are people reading this.
But that's the fun of it all.
We all have different ideas of how things should go and what deserves attention.
Think of it as a groupthink kind of activity or you're filling out a suggestion box.
I will tell you this, though...
One of the best parts of my last job down in Humboldt County was the fact that I was able to tell the stories of high school and college student-athletes beyond just a regular game story where I'm rattling off stats and getting quotes from coaches and players.
These student-athletes, they're more than just names on a roster or in a scorebook.
No matter if they're a 16-year-old high school kid, a heralded and standout performer at SOU or even somebody in the community that has been involved in sports for years on end, there's a story to be told.
As I learn the athletes, the coaches and just the area in general, those types of stories will be easier to tell and happen on a frequent basis, I would hope.
For now, though, I'd like to hear what people have to say and what I can do to make sure the Tidings sports section is a regular place to visit whether you're having your morning coffee and some breakfast or sitting down with a beverage after work.
I come from one small community newspaper to another and I most certainly enjoy what that has to offer.
My hope is that, as time goes on and I learn a lot of what Ashland has to offer, I can provide the type of coverage that makes you look forward to picking up the paper each day.
That's even if you're still calling me 'New Joe' come the first heat wave of the summer.
Danny Penza is the sports editor for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach him at 541-776-4483 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @penzatopaper.