Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Back to reality

Yeah, I had a great time being in Rome, but life goes on and news doesn't ever stop. Yesterday was my first day back to work after the trip. It was also a general assignment day.

It's kind of funny, because the day started out pretty cool. I got to shoot an interview with the real cold case detectives of the Los Angeles Police Department. I have a lot of admiration for these guys. You'd be hard pressed to find a more dedicated group of law enforcement professionals.

My reporter and I got pulled off that story to cover a double murder in the City of La Habra. The media circus wasn't too bad, but it was still an unusual sight for the residents of the neighborhood where the disturbed adult son of an elderly couple is suspected of their murder.

I never get to see the actual crime scene. No exception on this story, but I noticed for the first time a pattern with this particular shot below.

Middle-class residential home with the front door open. The coroner's van hasn't arrived yet, so I know the victim or victims are still inside.

Off the record, sometimes cops will talk to us. If there's no chance it'll jeopardize the case, sometimes they'll tell us a bit about the crime scene.

Sometimes there's blood (sometimes lots). Sometimes there's broken glass, splintered wood and other signs that the victim didn't face death willingly. Mostly it's all left up to my imagination. I just see the scene from the other side of the yellow tape. Mostly, I see the open front door.

It's easy to forget what it's like out at a crime scene when I'm sipping a cold beer and laughing with my friends and co-workers. I was reminded yesterday. Now, it doesn't diminish the high points of my trip to Rome, but it does make me stop and consider what it is that I do for a living. I truly love covering the news and I don't mind sharing the things I do.

Just remember, it's not always a trip to Italy.

If you want to hang out with me, it's all part of the nature of what I do. Don't look at it as good or bad. It's just a part of life and we can't control it. It just is.

Like me, all we can do is let it "be".

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