Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Night Shift at the Accolade Factory

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Okay, so not every camera assignment is a gritty exercise in street-level journalism. Last night's backstage gig at the Miss North Carolina USA pageant was downright glitzy. Here, Jeff Varner and I pause to pose with ten finalists from the teen(!) division. Now, as the father of two young girls, I look at these contests alot differently than I used to at say, age 16...but it's hard not to be impressed with these young ladies' accomplishments. From their dazzling smiles to their confident posture, these young ladies are coiffed, polished and ready to rip that glittering sash from around each other's necks if need be. Just kidding - each and every one of the princesses-in-waiting politely beamed the whole night through, never failing to radiate on cue whenever a lens or spotlight swung their way. Many expressed plans of pursuing careers in TV news, a somewhat dubious choice for all the rarefied DNA. Nonetheless, I'm sure some will enter the fold, joining the long line of pageant vets who've pitched in to help pretty up the Fourth Estate. I don't suppose that's such a bad thing...

6 comments:

Chris Morton said...

WOW! But then again, "that hasn't ever stopped me," (Eric Bradley quote). Yes, you sure didn't have to go through the corn maze and haunted house like I did Friday night. I'm not gonna lie, I wish I could have been there.

David Boyd said...

Times is hard.

Sue said...

You sly dog, you! Try to make us think your job is HARD. Harumph!

Mr. Sun said...

Is that a telescoping lens in your lap, or are you ... never mind.

Lex said...

One night when I took my kids to a Grasshoppers game, Miss Teen North Carolina (?) was there signing autographs. When my 7-year-old daughter approached her, I was struck not only by how she made V. feel like the most important person in the world for the few minutes that they talked but how effortless she made that effort look.

herb said...

"What? Hemorrhoid ointment? You really think the judges are going to be looking that closely?" -- Gracie Hart, Miss Congeniality