Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Headache from Hell!

Hi kids,
Today was rough.. I had a headache, The entire day.. I tried pills, didn't work. I tried taking a nap after work. Didn't work. I ate caffeine, took more medicine.. It didn't work. So now, I'm wide awake (thanks to the caffeine) over medicated, and pissed off. AAAHHHH i feel like I'm trapped in a spinning machine... and my head hurts... oh well, on the good side, Ryan seems to be trained and tomorrow will start on the 7 am schedule! This is good because I get to come in at 8!! woo hoo...I love hiring laid off people from competitor stations! The less training the better!
hope all is well love life and keep smiling!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

another day.. another vegan cookie!

Hello all,
Today after work, durring my regurlar whole foods grabbing dinner experience,I mistakenly grabbed a box of vegan chololate chip cookies. Now, I'm all for the veritairan lifestlye.. really am, gotta believe me.. all for it.. but vegan? Thats a bit much. So when i got home i was very disapointed, then... I ate one. it was amazing... just goes to show you.. try new things.. you might like it!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Woo How Time flys!

Hi all,
This is going to be short and sweet! This past wek has been crazy. I have Been working 6 day weeks since david quit. So, no time to get any pics. Apparently the company has scooped up some "lucky" soul from the channel two firings to fill his position.. lucky timing I guess. This means only 2 more weeks of 6 day workweeks!!!! Hope all is good.
Love life and keep smiling,

Saturday, August 9, 2008

"one great learning experience" --bs

Hello all,
Just a warning this one is filled with emotion and some swearing.. I apologise but it needed to be said the way I said it.

Yesterday (8.8.08) was by far the shittiest day of work in the two years I have lived in Salt Lake City!!! It started out pretty good.. a plane crash three people dead... I know that sounds really bad, but in the news business we thrive off of that shit. Anyway, within an hour we had pictures from a local paper reporter down in southern Utah 5.5 hours away, we had a crew and satellite truck on the road. We had a phonner for our eleven am show, pictures and maps! We even knew the identity of the dead. We knew where those people lived. What lives they had lived. What they were doing when they died. We had their phone numbers. Cells, home phones, e-mail address... (which is scary knowing all this information is on the Internet) anyway... so by noon I was having a great day! We had our afternoon editorial meeting, all was well.. we sent a crew to a press conf. about a local guy who owns sports franchises in town. The jazz, the bees, a motor sports park. locals know who this a**h**** d-*** is. He owns lots of stuff.

It was scheduled to start at 3. It was in our day book, we knew about it.. well three o'clock roles around and all of the other stations in town go live.. to non tv readers this is a major fuck up.. it gives the viewer reason to no tune to us.. "remember when everone else covered that one event and... did not." Needless to say this trickled down to me.. from my boss,the newsdirector to my bosses boss(general manager of the station) .. lets just say there were three meetings that were not fun to be a part of. Granted with the situation of not having a manager to report to,(do to budget cuts) the grunt falls directly on the runts in the organization. which means me... With one trainee, (becasue they cant seem to keep anyone) one idiot, and me working the desk I understand why they came down on the only competent one working at the time.

I felt like shit. I hold myself to a higher standard. I don't miss breaking news. I don't fuck up like this. Now everyone else in the market has an afternoon show(4pm show) we do not yet...(coming this fall) This could explain part of the fuck up. They all were planning on announcing this stuff anyway just an hour later. I.E. they would have to have their trucks already set up so they could just plug in and go. I know this sounds like an excuse.. and it totally is.. (sorry I know I'm better then blaming others for my own retardation.) we on the other hand would say the exact same thing only six hours later. Now how does this trickle down to me? well you see apparently they sent a press release over. I saw the slug, saw that we were putting a reporter on it and saw the time. I fucked up and did not read all of the information.. I figured it was already assigned out and did not worry about it. (oops, i admit ... my bad.)

As an assignment editor its kind of our job to read shit.. a lot of shit and make split second decisions about nesworthiness. We deal with between 10-20 local stories on a daily basis. Stories that we call we set up interviews, we collect information, we assign a photographer to get an interview and shoot video of. When I see that a reporter is scheduled to do a story, I (use to) believe its their responsibility to cover a story, meaning from start to finish. we at the desk wash our hands clean of this topic/story. Well it screwed me. The first and last time this will happen. Never again will I have ANY faith in the reporter. No matter who it is. I guess I was expecting them to speak up when they saw that there was a line at the end of the release that talked about live opportunities. But I cant blame them..If i had read it...

This whole sick and twisted mentality may seem like a bad thing... However, I'm looking at it as a good thing. After all, if we don't learn from our mistakes what will we learn from?? A text book... ha.. I think I've proved that one wrong already!

After this whole mess went down, I was asked if I could stay and extra 4 hours ( on my Friday night) to do my old job shooting a package.. Of course I said yes and it turned out to be a human intrest story that turned out kind of fun. It was a story on the date 8-8-08. We went to an 8 year old birthday party, and 88 year old birthday party, and a wedding in just under 3 hours! I wasn't anywhere close to being in a good mood but, it kind of made me feel better.. so did drinking a not so stiff (it is Utah after all) drink at dinner with two good friends! as you can see by the cell phone blog I sent from the bar! I love cell phone blogs!

anyway hope your lives are going well and your 8-8 08 was better then mine!
Love life and keep smiling.. your only on this planet for the short show!

Aaron drinking

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

whacky week.

Hi all,
Great news! I'm getting high speed Internet at my apt!!! You all know what that means!!!!! Porn Porn Porn... wait a minute! no not, that... it means that I will have the ability to chat with you all and to blog much, much more.. that's right MORE MAX ALL AROUND!!!! I know. I'm excited too AND not just for the porn aspect! It only took me two years and three months to break down and get the Internet. Up till now I've been "BORROWING IT" from my unreliable neighbors connection or going to coffee shops..

So as of next Thursday (the 14th 7pm mst) I will have it in my house.. how excited am I? let me tell you!

I'm really not into the one sided conversation that is the blog. I wish it could be much more interactive. so change it up.. write a comment.
hope all is well and you love life!

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Hi all,
Just wanted to give you all an update. So, here goes. This weeks get out of the city trip took Neil and myself up East canyon! Then north to weber county where we hopped onto I 84 east to I 80 west to Park city Up gardsmans pass and finally down big cottonwood canyon. This was a good time.. I totally recommend this route! Only open in the summer both east canyon and guardsman pass are fun and alive with Bursts of green, redrock, and good times!

Below this post you will see only a few pictures of this adventure however, if you go to you will find many many more. The collection will load much faster then any of the slideshows I've created will.

Also I found a pretty cool website. its a guy who traveled the world dancing on a little camera. He is a pretty cool person.. check it out. I watched his lecture he did at champlain college its on his web page and it is pretty neat.

hope all is well, love life and keep smiling!