Sometimes it's me. I just love pulling the plug when it's for a good reason.
("SAT window is closing in 5 seconds. Say, buh-bye!)
This time it wasn't me who pulled the plug.
Last week I was working with Melissa McCarty on a hoime invasion robbery story just North of downtown Los Angeles, above the 101 and East of the 110 Freeways.
Cool area. I want to remember it and go back sometime to get shots of the LA skyline. Sorry. I don't that picture to share in this post, but I have a good reason for not stopping to snap a picture on the way back to the station.
Somebody was throwing rocks at the KTLA news vans. Yup, as strange as it might seem, somebody really didn't like KTLA.
It didn't seem particularly dangerous at first, but the rocks got bigger and the police were eventually called.
Nobody ever got a look at who the rock thrower was, but you got to admit they were plenty lame.
I mean, come ON! ROCKS? This is freaking Los Angeles. How do you not have even a cheap street-bought-car-jacking-cast-off-wanna-be-gang-banger-free-in-a-box-of-cracker-jacks-buy-one-get-two-free-.99-cent-store-wednesday-night (not even good enough for saturday night) rusted-out-dumpster-disposable-special?
We're urban, not prehistoric. Dork.
On the other hand, I probably should say, I'm awfully glad it was just rocks.
After our 10pm liveshots, the KTLA crew was heading out and that would have left Melissa McCarty and I out there on the rock covered streets by ourselves. Our CBS logo'd van even looks like a bullseye.
The station decided to pull the plug. It was a good call on their part. That particular liveshot wasn't critical for the 11pm newscast.
Was I happy to be going home early? (Heh-heh) Look, better safe than sorry. That's all I'm saying.
(Hey, btw, you celebrities, don't be getting any ideas about chasing us off with rocks either!)