First, Happy New Year!
If I keep track of the years by the stories that I do - and I do for the most part - 2006 was a great year. I went to Virginia to see Crash Test Dummies, to LA to hang with Chris Daughtry and learned that dogs have feelings too.
What I didn't really have a lot of was run and gun, action packed, spot news. Somehow I missed out on most of the good stuff this year. I have a feeling that's about to change.
I'm back from vaction as of 7 o'clock Monday morning (yes, New Years double pay, I mean, day.)
Yeah, 7AM. I'm on call for this first week of the year and overnight 4 inches of rain pushed creeks in Winston-Salem out of their banks and into peoples homes. About 25 families were evacuated from their apartments and it was drawn out enough that I was able to get there and have plenty of semi-hectic action to shoot.
Of course being my first morning back, I wasn't fully prepared. I was missing one of my 3 camera batteries when I picked up my gear Sunday night and one of the two I did have I found out wasn't charged until I was on the scene of the flood. So I had to shoot with ONE half ass battery and hope it didn't die at a crucial time. And of course....It did.
I had a lot of good stuff but firefighters were about to bring a couple out of their apartment through the rushing water and the battery went dead. It's more complicated than that though. These 2 year old batteries are dying when the camera says they have 50% capacity left. I think it's a camera issue, but never-the-less the camera is powering down. I turned the camera off, let it sit unti the couple was coming out and I was able to get enough of the shot to make it work.
I had already made a dozen update calls back to the station and I did a live phoner at 8-30 and after this couple was out and my battery said goodbye again I hit the road back to the bureau to feed tape for the end of the show and to get fresh batteries .
I later met my reporter for the day, Eric White, back at the scene and we gathered more video, sound and information and went live at 5 and 6 with 2 pkgs. (and not a single digital picture to show for it....I suck!)
Welcome to 2007!