a typical response I've found myself giving lately to this question:
"What did you shoot yesterday?"
is just me or does anyone else find it difficult to remember what
story you shot yesterday.
I know I'm getting older and the faint touches of Alzheimer's
have begun banging on my neurons now and again, but why does it
seem so hard to remember yesterday in this business?
I always thought my memory was pretty good. I mean every once
and a while I can knock off a whole category or two on Jeopardy.
"Who is Bruno Hauptmann?
Yeah baby...I freakin' rule on the Lindberg kidnapping!"
what I did yesterday?....I go brain dead. Stuck in the netherworld
of my own faulty synapses.
"Let me think....yesterday....yesterday..."
It's like having a faulty ignition. "This damn thing just won't
the time I remember what I did yesterday, the person who asked
me what I did yesterday,
could'nt f*ckin' care less what I did yesterday.
They were just being nice.
And: "What'ya shoot yesterday" is just kind of a nice conversation
starter when you really
don't care to be having a conversation in the first place but
feel obligated to say something to the person you're about to
spend the next eight hours with.
Anyhow...I think I'm not the only one with this problem.
I think the TV news business has a lot of these momentary morons.
In this type of work we seem to be so busy working on today, that
yesterday becomes ancient history the minute we report to work.
Unless of course you end up doing: "Murder" Folo...or "Accident"
Folo...or "Whatever the Lead Story Was Yesterday"...Folo.
Chances are though that you didn't have a thing to do with that
story and you're about to spend the first hour of today trying
to track down the file video that never made it out of Van 2 which
already has left the building headed to your particular hinterlands.
TV news, we seem to be pushing so much on TODAY...EVERYDAY...that
YESTERDAY, gets put behind us quicker than a scruffy hitchhiker
in the rear view mirror.
"What'd I shoot yesterday?...
Beats the hell outta me.
Where we headed.?"