I'm a little soggy from playing in the rain for the last couple of days. I don't want to speak too lightly of the weather we've been having, our worst downpour is still pretty mild compared to nature's wrath in other parts of the globe. Keep in mind, I'm not comparing what I'm experiencing. I'm just sharing my watersoaked day.
Two nights ago, we had to travel to Camarillo for the good (bad) weather. Last night I spent part of my shift driving through the rain on the 10 Freeway and later along Pacific Coast Highway. Once we hit PCH, traffic was light. The rain had even let up for while. We stopped at Moonshadows restaurant and at the shopping center near Pepperdine University to look for elements of our story. The storm of the day was still in route down the coast, so we decided to head further North to meet it.
We reached Oxnard and Ventura and set up just off the sand along the beach near Pierpont Bay. It was dark and the thought of destruction caused by the tsunami this week did give me a bit of anxiety.
It might sound odd, but I wish I was heading over to cover what's going on in the aftermath of the Tsunami Disaster. I'm sure whatever I could do to help would be appreciated, but I don't kid myself by believing anything I could do would be more than a drop in the bucket.
If I were a doctor, I'd treat the sick. If I were a carpenter, I'd build shelters. I'm a news photographer and I'm not sure how many of us they need over there right now, but if I were there, I'd just want to do my job.
Hopefully, by keeping the story fresh in people's minds, the aid that is desperately needed might continue to be provided.
I don't know if covering a tragic story with a compassionate point of view is really going to make a difference. I like to believe it does. I just know that as I was standing in the rain doing liveshots from the Camarillo Outlet Mall on Monday, I found myself wishing I could be covering the bigger story. News doesn't really work that way. I don't always get to cover the big story, but the desire to be there and try to make a difference doesn't go away.
I never hope for anything bad to happen, but when something does happen, I hope I get the chance to be there. I just want the chance to do my job.
On the other hand, I did find three nice sweaters at the Geoffrey Beene Outlet store.