Let’s put it this way: Today was a busy one, and it doesn’t stop there. More on that in a moment. Lets go back a few hours to 10AM.
It started a 5AM, to be totally exact, and involved rolling over after looking at the clock. Hearing the driving rain this morning was not an open invitation to get up. Fast forward to 9AM. Still raining, and really no interest in getting up. We a had a teleconference with a freelance writer, Steve Friedman at 11AM, and this was definitely not something to miss. However with the rain, I wasn’t the feeling the overriding urge to get up.
But I did, and was ready to go catch the bus. I don’t live on campus, so public transit is the way to get to school, the other option is walking, weather permitting. I’ll save the faux drama and admit I missed the bus. That left me with two options; walk to school and get there on time, or wait for the next bus at 10:30, and arrive about 10 minutes late.
Let’s just say that waiting on the bus might have been a better idea.
I opted to walk, and about a quarter of the way there, I began to see flaws in the logic of walking to school in a driving rain…in a suit. And a somewhat leaky rain jacket. It was smooth sailing almost, If you don’t take into account wet pants, and monstrous puddles (Have I said ‘more on that later’ too many times?). Light rain showers are fine. Driving downpours are another thing entirely, especially if it’s windy.
Another one of those dumb macho male things men are so good at doing from time to time that has our significant others rolling their eyes wondering, ‘are all men this stupid?’ I’m here to say, yeah, mostly. Maybe we don’t walk to school in Spring in monsoon-like rains, but I can pretty much guarantee they’ve done something else that could be considered stupid, or at the very least ill advised.
But trudge to school in the driving rain I did, and I got there on time, with pants that were soaked to the knee, my suit jacket damp, and signs of seepage in the backpack.
Feature writing was uneventful. Steve Friedman is an interesting guy to listen to, and has a good sense of humor. His writing is highly entertaining, and enjoying to read. I do have a personal essay due Tuesday of next week (and this looks like a pretty good candidate here).
After and uneventful lunch (pizza), I was back in another class, this time to try out my looks of confusion. I can’t really say that I was paying as much attention as I should have, as I was trying to figure out what I was supposed to do later in the day during the Chaifetz Arena opening. Communication Research can be tedious, and complicated if you are trying to ascertain from National Weather Service maps about if all the rain had left the area, or whether there was more on the way. It stayed mostly cloudy until well after 6pm.
Onward to the Chaifetz Arena at 3:30, there was some confusion as where certain things were to be filmed. Our sports director dashed of to the locker rooms for a package, and I ended up on the media deck (with the pros) to film the proceedings for the opening (who gave the school money, who was behind constructing it, how many bricks it had, etc.). I saw Bonita Cornute from FOX2, Martin Kilcoyne, also from FOX2, Mike O’Connell from KMOV, Jeff Skeversky from KMOV to name a few (okay, four). Admittedly, my career aspirations are not in filming, but in telling the story. It’s sort of funny, trying to look professional, around professionals. I’m certain I looked like amateur (in a suit no less).
We lost audio three times (SLU TV’s camera, along with KMOV, KTVI, KSDK, KTRS, STL TV, and others were connected to house system for sound). I went from internal mic to house at twice, all the while trying to keep the sound level (I don’t think I succeeded with that), make sure every editable utterance was recorded, and get some good video of the proceedings. The somewhat annoying thing is that they had most of the administrative staff and athletics in a long row, necessitating a lot pans, a couple of hot-zooms (read fast zooms) that probably won’t look to good on camera. We’ll see how that turns out next week when we film the newscast.
It was a fun experience, checking out the new (and expensive) stadium on campus.