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...

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Bliss in the Distance

Whine all you will about this silly gig, it has its moments. Yeah, taxidermists get all the chicks, but what other job's gonna pay you to watch a space shuttle blast off, a landmark implode, or a mayor self-destruct? Best of all, you get to dress like you're on vacation! I'm telling ya, there are worse ways to spend the day. Just ask Andy Atkins, the WFTV photog seen above squinting across the Indian river. He'd tell you it's no walk in the park - but rather a mad dash through broken glass to appease the Local News Gods, a never-ending slog through history and horseshit for an audience made fat, dumb and unimpressed by too many damn Dateline specials. He might speak of crushing deadlines, physical discomfort and numbing repetition. Of course, he might not notice you at all - for the rumble and smoke of the shuttle's ascent may render him positively agog, no matter how many times he's framed it up before. Sure beats stuffin' a woodchuck...


mangler said...

luckily for you el ocho has a much more relaxed code of dress than most gigs.

wish i could dress like i was on vacation!

ydna said...

Greetings Lenslinger!
Ah yes, it beats stuffin' woodchuck... and sure it is a vaction, when you are wearing station logo'ed garb. Thanks for the post. I enjoyed it.
But we all have to remember it is not all fun and games and can be dangerous. Take my classmate Casey Lang. We both graduated from the University of Montana in 2006. He was hit by a car at scene over the weekend near West Palm and is critical condition at a South Florida hospital. He is a shooter for WPEC 12 in West Palm. All photog's would agree it could have easily have been one of us. My prayers are with you Casey.