I was up and down most of this past week, but I can't remember really being this sick much at all this past year. Yeah, I'm sure I was, but I just don't remember it.
This week (on a day I should have been at home working on getting well) I managed to drag myself into the station and found myself covering a press conference in South Los Angeles.
So much sadness around the holiday season. A mother was shot and killed at her car. Her 8 year old daughter was sitting in the back seat.
Ed Lawrence, John Vincent and I did early hits for the afternoon/evening newscasts.
The sadness and frustration was almost like a physical weight just hanging in the area. I was already feeling pretty low from being under the weather. This just added to that.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I did my job that day and helped to get the story out about a reward being offered for the suspects in this case. It just leaves me feeling kind of empty and just a twinge of fear for all of us. This is the world we live in.
I know this is just a typical day is this city. I don't kid myself. I'm not directly involved and can only imagine what the victims, family and friends go through.
For not being directly involved, I still see these stories closer than most people. I know random violence like this is never all that far from any of our lives.
I hope things are better in the coming year. Even though I can't even imagine a world where people don't suffer from this kind of violence, maybe things at least could be better.
Be careful. Be safe.
See you next year.