But here in the present, of course, there was a stack of newspapers to contend with.
A number of them were keepers.
"Obama victory makes history"
"Robert C. Byrd: 1917-2010"
"West Virginia at 150: Always free"
The Byrd edition holds a special place in my heart not only because it marked the day the state lost its biggest benefactor, but because it was also the day that the Daily Mail lost the man who once occupied my office.
After many years away, Bob Kelly returned to the post of managing editor - not long before I left to work in South Carolina in 2004.
I like to call him the last of the real newspapermen. He had a nose for news and a good sense of issues that our readers cared about.
He could also be a hard boss and a brutal editor. And I mean that in the best possible way.
He possessed an instinct born of experience that I did not have. That he ever came to value my opinion gives me hope that I may have a chance to acquire it.
I always like to say Bob died on the same day as Sen. Byrd on purpose, so he wouldn't be put on the front page of our paper.
That's how modest and self-effacing he was.
But being "buried," as it were, deep inside the newspaper, I think he simply ensured that he would make himself a part of it.
I can only hope I make a similar sort of impression when I am through.
Maramba is managing editor of the Daily Mail. His email address is phi...@dailymail.com.