In the world of television news, the highly coveted "dayside" shift of Monday - Friday, 9:30-6:30, is to a news photographer... what the sirens were to Odysseus. It's a cruel temptress that always seems just out of reach....
We headed out to Lincoln County and helped the sheriff's department locate a car that'd been sunken to the bottom of a fishing pond.
That's when I met my new friend Charlie. "Hey camera guy! You wanna borrow my 4wheeler?"
Yes Charlie, I do. You bet your sweet camouflage GAP hoodie wearing tail I do. TAKE ME TO THE POND!
And off we went. Our ground crew was already on scene and I really wish I'd snapped a pic of the other news crews as I arrived with my new chauffeur.
Charlie then dropped me off a few feet from the skids of the chopper and we spent the better part of a couple hours hovering over this pond while crews pulled the sunken vehicle out. On the way back to Charlotte we hovered over a coal power plant that's closing soon, and then landed on the city pad.
I found my first day as a daywalker ending with me editing an anchor package on airline mergers, and then I had a moment I won't soon forget.
Earlier this year, anchor Blair Miller and myself began working on a story called "Racing For Newtown".
We were recently awarded 1st Place in Sports Reporting by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. It's my first award as a photog in Charlotte.
Blair was kind enough to pause for a moment before the 5 oclock news to snap a picture of the plaque with me.
So I'll end with this: if the fruit of over 2 years of laboring odd shifts and working erratic hours means life on the other side is like this... I can handle that. I'm beyond grateful and thankful to finally be on a shift that allows me to see my wife at night, have weekends free to visit family, and hopefully, become a little more even tempered.