After a week of mostly fire coverage, I'll be heading off to do something a little different tonight. The station is sending me down to San Diego for an event at the Navy base. I don't have much in the way of details, but here's what I know so far.
My call time is 3:00am. I check out the satellite truck and leave for San Diego between 3am and 4am. I drive directly to the base and set up the truck. The cut-off time is 8:00am for getting the truck situated. After setting up (about 30minutes), I'm to take a cab over to my hotel. I'll have my out of town bag (clothes and essentials always packed and ready for short trips anywhere in the country), my Olympus E10 digital camera, and my laptop. The laptop carrying case will contain half a dozen magazines. I might have to bring my news camera with me from the truck. That means a run bag with extra tapes, the batteries and microphones. I take a cab to whatever hotel they've reserved. Check in and very likely go to sleep. This should all be done before noon and I'll have the rest of the day free.
My call time the next day is noon, so I'll start at 9am or 10am, have breakfast and get back to the base, taking my work gear, laptop, and digital camera. I'll get some water and snacks on the way and work single or multiple live hits for each newscast (12noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, until the last newscast of the day at 11pm). If all is well with the SAT truck. I'll drive it back to the hotel and crash until morning. Check out in the morning and drive back to Los Angeles. Gas up the truck, stow any extra gear that doesn't stay in the truck and head for home. Unless there's a huge breaking story, I'm done for the day and might be home before noon.
I don't know how many people might find any of this interesting, but that's what a typical out of town trip is like. In between live shots, I'll grab some food and take digital stills (which I will blog). I can use my cell phone and my laptop (if I have a strong enough signal) to post to the blog during the day. Meals are covered by a travel per diem of $50.00 a day. If I have time, I will go to the fanciest eatery availble, but I often have to just grab fast food and stay close to the truck.
You know, when I read this, I keep wondering where the Action-Man name came from. This seems kind of dull. I'm gonna look a little harder at that bounty hunter career I had considered or maybe I'll just go in at my regular time on Sunday and cover a completely different story. That's part of the beauty of my life. Almost every day there's something new and different. Thanks for reading.