you know what they call Thanksgiving in the TV news business?
That my friend,
is because if the newscasts are on, then the newscasters are working.
like Apu on the Simpsons. The Kwik-e-Mart is ALWAYS open.
I have never
had Memorial Day off.
Never had Labor Day off.
If July 4th is a weekday, I'm working.
At my station we are almost down to begging to get Christmas off.
My excuse: "It's a religious holiday!, I need to go to church!"
I'm so used
to working on holidays that I don't even realize they are
holidays until I end up at a story somewhere and a bugler starts
All-day cookouts, barbecuing, frolicking in the pool?
Reserved solely for vacations.
no such thing as a holiday in local TV news.
It's just Monday.
And on Mondays',
the news is ON. And I am working. We all are working.
rest of my family forgets I even exist, and heads off to the beach,
the mall, the park, the trail, the ice cream stand.
Yeah, they fake some pity for me. They commiserate for a few minutes.
But as soon as my car pulls out of the driveway, they are out
of the house like sprinters at the track meet. Off to shop, or
swim or whatever it is that people do on holidays. I've never
had one so I don't know what it is that people actually do.
I do know
that I usually seem to end up at a cemetary. Or a parade.
I couldn't escape the parade without my news car becoming PART
of the parade. I waved and honked my horn, and the spectators
tried to figure out what show I was on. Joke's on them. I'm just
a cameraman who parked in the wrong lot.
least I get to sleep in because my kid doesn't have school.
School kids you see, get holiday's off.
TV news people don't.
And I signed up for this why??