Thursday, July 05, 2012

GOOD ADVICE, TAKEN

All day long I've had Foo Fighters in my head — "Exhausted," an appropriate song for this day after the Fourth of July. It has felt like a Monday, an especially long Monday that started before 2 a.m. and continued past 5 p.m.

You know what they say about the best-laid plans. That's what happened today — and that's not a bad thing in the news business. Police found a man shot dead in a home in northeast Springfield, and a wildlife whipped towards homes in Christian County, forcing cops to start evacuating homes near the flames. Both of these things happened around 2 p.m., just as I was wrapping up work on the Best Damned Newscast In Missouri. That meant tearing up the rundown, moving stuff around, swapping out live shots — you know, the stuff journalists enjoy, the injection of adrenaline that gave me a third wind and carried me into the 4 p.m. newscast.

But adrenaline can be corrosive. Right after finishing the newscast and putting away my headset I felt a wave of weariness wash over me. It made me want to flap my arms and wail. But I'm hewing to the advice in the sign pictured above: KEEP ARM IN. In this case, both arms. And my head. Tomorrow is Friday, and even though I work on Saturday, that's something. Sure beats a Monday-Wednesday.

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