Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Two Week Reunion!

Dave and I went to Vegas for a shoot the other day. While there we saw our friend, Joaquin from Miami! He and his friend, Moe, designed these shirts themselves. We think they should sell them on Cafe Press!
What the heck!??

Ooooh, I see. Discount coupons for the Bodies exhibit and the Titanic exhibit. :) We've seen the Bodies exhibit by the way and I highly reccomend it!

In other news... our stuff and my car finally arrived on Saturday! I won't blog about our stuff arriving because I don't want to remember the details decades later about our crappy movers! But the car transport is actually really funny:

It's Saturday, April 21st, 8 AM. The phone rings.
ME: Hello?
ED: Yeah, hi. You got a Ford Focus ta be delivered?
The voice on the other end sounds very much like a character from King of the Hill.
ME: Yes, I do! Will you be delivering today?
ED: Yeah...uhm...I'm in Manhattan Beach. Where dya live?
Where do I live? They've had my car nearly 20 days and the guy doesn't know where I live? Not to mention we don't live in or near Manhattan Beach.
ME: We live at *insert address here*
ED: ...oh... Dag nabbit. How do I get thur from Here?
I end up mapquesting directions for him. It's very simple. He only has to make 4 turns.
An hour later the phone rings...
ME: Hello?
ED: Yeah, I'm all turned around. I took the ** freeway (not the freeway I told him) and exited **. What do I do?
ME: Gosh, I don't know and I'm at the bank right now getting your money so I'm not near a computer.
Crazy Eddie became furious. I was a little taken aback by the change in demeanor.
ME: Uhm, well considering I did Mapquest directions for you I would hope you are not upset with me. I just moved to town myself so I don't know where you are.
ME: Look, you're going to have to turn around, go back the way you came and get on the right freeway. The directions I gave you were very simple.
ED: Lady! I'm 75ft long! I can't just TURN AROUND!! Just TELL ME HOW TO GET THERE!!!
ME: Dude, look, I do not know. You are going to have to pull over and ask someone. Perhaps you might consider investing in a map.
So yes, Crazy Eddie apparently did indeed drive all the way from Florida to California, map free, and without a clue as to where he was going. And he's the type that is completely clueless that it is his responsibility to know where to deliever the car. Eventually, he arrives...
ED: Sorry, I got all turned around!
ME: That's ok.
ED: Yeah, my wife died 4 years ago and it was really tough, but I'm ok now. I didn't work for 4 years, but then my sister acted like my mother and came after me with a baseball bat and told me to get a job, so here I am working again.
I smile and nod my head and will him with my mind to please just get my car off the transport and leave. It seems to be working! He gets my car safely off the transport... but then....
ED: I was a Navy Seal you know. I retired. I got shot in the head too many times. I have a lot of physical damage and..well...mental damage. But I was also a monk for several years and I learned about the energies and stuff. And once you fine start figurin' it out it's amazing! Once you know the energies stuff just works out better than you could have planned.
ME: Oh sure, sure, yeah. Well, here, just hand me that receipt and I'll let you get goin.
ED: Ok, here. Well, good luck with your life here and all.
ME: Thanks, you take care.
ED: Ok. And I hope you get better with your directions!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Goodbye Columbia Square!

Today was the last day KCBS/KCAL will ever broadcast from historic Columbia Square! Everybody signed the walls, including yours truly, even though Dave worked out of there for only a couple days and I've been working out of the new building all along! :)
For those of you who are curious about the new building, Dave did a piece on it today. Sorry, can't show you the totally awesome set until its debut tommorow!
Look! It's Jackie Johnson! Viewers in Miami always asked about her even years after she left!
This is my new buddy, Robert. AMAZING photographer!
BLOG WORLDS COLLIDE!! BeFrank is my other new buddy. :) Be sure and read his blog, too!
Everything is going great in LA! We're very happy (and Hartman is... well, she's Hartman. ;) ). I can't really blog about what I've done at work because it isn't airing until sweeps. I will say that Dave and I are going on our first out of town trip for the station Sunday-Tuesday! I can't tell you why, but it's very exciting!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Hartman gave my gear a once over! I had a good first day yesterday. You wouldn't believe the toys I have to play with!
I've got to get to work.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Tonight is our last night in Miami. Here's some of the people who were a part of our lives out here:

Dave G. has the honor of being one of my all time favorite people in TV news! This guy was going to StarTrek conventions when I was still in diapers! We had many discussions that would likely have most of you shaking your heads. :)
Ralph M. was recently profiled in the Miami Herald! He's into the crazy movie making like Dave and me. It's too bad our schedules conflicted because I think we could have had fun. Ralph also has a last name similar
enough to mine that I often received nextel beeps meant for him. This happened most often during hurricane coverage and Ralph and I were ineveitably working opposite shifts! D'oh! Did you get beeps for me in the middle of sleep time, too? :)

Manny A. will certainly be missed! I can't imagine a reporter having a bad day when working with this guy. If somebody were to follow him around with a camera all day, they would come home with reality show gold. I've blogged about Manny before if you go searching through the archives!
Al S. and I had plenty of undercover adventures together!
Here's the cake they got us for our last day at work! Isn't this nice? Thanks guys! It really meant a lot to us.
Sean K. is a super cool guy. I hope he writes his book about his theories on..well...pretty much everything!
haha, this is a great picture of Lucho D! Whenever my nextel would chirp, there was a good chance it would be this guy on the other end. There was also a good chance it was actually for Ralph M.
Maggie R. anchored the CBS network morning news a couple of Saturdays ago. She was fantastic!! She's also a super sweet person! Someday I'll be able to point to this picture and say 'I knew her when'.
Miguel F. was busy on the phone. This did not, however, prevent me from taking a silly picture with him!
Farah's a sweeeeeetie!
Uhm... I actually don't know who this is. I was giving hugs to everybody else on the desk and well, I didn't want to leave anybody out! ;) This must be one of our many interns. Whenever I am out with them people think they are training me! Oh, Miami, you have aged me though. 3 years ago I was guessed to be 12. Last week I was thought to be 14.

Stephanie is very cool...except for all those times she called me in early. haha!
Donna is a genius! She's absolutely brilliant. She has a phd in everything and is an invaluable resource to the station. She's so much fun to work with, too!
Abby's super nice! I'll miss you!
I'll miss having weekly sci-fi discussions with Greg! Enjoy the 2nd half of season 10, Greg!
Here's my boss, Curt C. Determined to make him a Stargate fan I bought him season one on dvd as a 'thanks for being a cool chief, but I'm going to Hollywood!' gift. He was a sport and posed ala Stephen Colbert. Curt's a super cool chief to work for... even if he wouldn't let me take my brand new midnight blue Nissan Exterra news car with me to Cali! :)
Mike K. is an awesome reporter. I have the utmost respect for him!
Nef is going to be at the airport the same time as us tomorrow! So no goodbye till tomorrow!!
Jim R. is one of 4's very talented photogs. And no, that's not a new do I'm sporting. It was real windy the other day!
Big Sho! We had some crazy times together! My last story in Miami was with him. It was certainly a memorable night! hahaha.
Here's JohnnyD! He actually reads my blog! :) He's a great guy and a great photog.
I wish I'd seen Gary before leaving! Our paths never crossed my last day. I take that back, I saw him driving away from the station as I was returning from my live shot. Oh well. Take care, Gary! It was fun! Give Princess and Buckles a pet on the head for me.

So many other people I'd like to mention... but I have to get some sleep! I've gotta plane to catch! Goodbye, Miami! Keep in touch everyone! My email is in my profile.