I had an easy shift on Monday night. Not a lot of action and adventure in videotaping Christmas lights for our weather segment.
It's all part of the job and I left the station with the attitude that even the worst day in news beats the best day in a cubicle.
It wasn't until I was almost done and I looked around at the neighborhood that it hit me. Here I am standing in the middle of the street at night with nobody around. I don't know if I'm standing in a "safe" neighborhood. I have this very expensive video camera and I'm carrying a few items that might be worth more than a Playstation or a six-pack of beer. I've covered homicides where people have been killed for those items or less.
I was feeling very isolated.
I guess I depend on my experience to know when I should feel "safe". Things happen all the time and I've said before that world has never been "safe". We live our lives and take calculated risks in order to get anything done. I'm sure most people understand that a big part of the equation when calculating risk is measuring what would be an acceptable loss.
When it comes to putting myself in harms way, I'll leave it to the people who save and protect lives. I'm going to keep my eyes open and hope when I am in a dangerous situation, I at least have some warning.
I'd never live it down if something happened to me and I didn't get the shot.
Everybody beSafe this holiday season.