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Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

It’s official.  My bio is up on WHDH‘s website, so I’m officially part of the team.  I can’t tell you how super excited I am about being back here in Boston.

To be honest I didn’t think I’d be back.  After the first winter in Charlotte, which was sunny and gorgeous, hubby and I kind of thought we’d never leave the South.  We imagined my next career move could take us to Atlanta or we’d just stay in Charlotte forever; we didn’t contemplate a move back to the Northeast.  I even donated almost all of my winter coats and most of my snow gear.  We were done with snow.

Then came the call to come up for three months.  The station needed some freelance reporters to fill in as two reporters were out on maternity.  I hesitated.  I didn’t want to move back, live with friends and work at a station that was once competition (I’d worked at the Fox affiliate from 2003-2006).  We had dear friends here in Charlotte and while on sabbatical, I had finished my first novel, volunteered a ton, and took improv classes.  I was happy.  But I missed working.  So I took the assignment with this in mind, I’ll hate it and know I’m done with news or I’ll have some new, updated stories for my resume reel.  But it didn’t take long for me to remember why I loved reporting in a big market; stories of national and international significance were constantly happening.  I was covering the police raid of the accused Time Square bomber’s Connecticut home.  I was standing outside the Garden as the Celtics attempted another championship.  I interviewed a concert violinist who left her instrument on a transit trolley, only to have it returned.  Even with all that, I still hesitated when the station offered me a full time position.

I thought I wanted to pursue my news anchoring dreams more.  I thought I wanted to focus on my fiction writing.  I thought I might try something outside of TV news.  But in the end, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else but telling peoples’ stories; using their words,  my words, my photographer’s video.

While at WHDH during those three temporary months, I gained new perspective, saw a new opportunity, and regained my love of TV news.  Ultimately, what I found was a new place to call home.

bathroom break

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Something you might not know about TV news (besides the fact we do our own make-up) is that often times we’re at the mercy of public restrooms.  99% of the time, we file our stories in the field.  My photographer and I will head to a scene, gather the elements (get video and interview witnesses), then meet up with our live truck to review the video, write the story and edit together the piece.  During the day there are always nice restrooms at city or county buildings but during the evening hours (I often report for the 10p and 11p news) it becomes a bit tricky.  Recently, I made sure to document a few of our ‘pit’ stops.  You’ll notice a couple of things; we frequent Dunkin’ Donuts and I have a penchant for paper towels.  I also want to thank all of these shops for letting us use their restrooms (sometimes without making a purchase) and all of you who’ve offered your homes when you see us camped out on your street for a story (I kept private homes out of this blog post for obvious reasons).  Sometimes knowing there’s a nice restroom in a city where we’re gathering a story can be a such a relief!

The Watertown Housing Authority had a very clean bathroom.

This Shell on Main Street in Tewksbury was surprisingly clean but didn’t have any paper towels.

Here at the Rt. 24 rest stop, the restrooms were decent but in desperate need of an upgrade.

The restroom inside this little coffee in Rockport was clean and the place poured a nice cup of joe.

This Papa Gino’s in Brighton had a very nice restroom.

Lynn’s Wal-Mart’s restroom was clean but there were no paper towels.

I had high expectations for this Lexington rest stop.  But there were no paper towels.

Fitchburg’s McDonald’s was clean but there were no paper towels.

Hungry Heroes in Fairhaven had very clean restrooms but no paper towels.

Dorchester’s Burger King was clean but there was barely any water pressure at the sink to wash your hands.

New Bedford’s Dunkin’ Donuts didn’t have any paper towels.

Concord, NH’s Cumberland Farms was clean but had no paper towels.

This Charlestown Shell station’s bathrooms were ok on the clean scale.

Bridgeport, CT had a clean Dunkin’ Donuts.

Bill & Bob’s Roast Beef in Woburn had nice clean restrooms.

Attleboro’s Dunkin’ Donuts was clean but didn’t have paper towels.

p/s help a reporter out… tell me about your favorite clean public restroom!

newport folk fest

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Hubby and I recently spent a weekend in Newport for the Folk Festival and I have to tell you it was so much fun!!!

The music was awesome, with legends like Richie Haven gracing the stage and Charlotte natives the Avett Brothers.  But it was also an amazing venue to discover new music.  The festival introduced me to musicians like Yim Yames, Andrew Bird, Sam Bush, and April Smith.  It was also an opportunity to see a bunch of folks I’m already a fan of like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Swell Season (from the movie Once), and Calexico.

What made the weekend even more spectacular was the weather.  It seemed everyone was hoping for sunshine and a nice sea breeze and well, the rosary beads strung outside a nearby church, worked!

Here’s a look at the sights and sounds from our weekend; shot completely from my iPhone.

*Thanks to Bernie and Anita for the tickets.

moving day

Friday, August 6th, 2010

I hate moving.  You’d think that since we move about every 3 years, I’d be used to it, but I’m not.  I loathe it.  It’s my personal hell.  Actually it may be purgatory, you don’t know when it will be worse or when it will get better.  You’re stuck perpetually in between boxes.  Every time I move, I tell myself, no, never again. But that is silly since hubby and I are often moving to advance my career and upward means onward!

beautiful charlotte

roommates matt and bob

our new street

This time we moved back to Boston.  But it was just 3.5 years ago we moved from Boston to Charlotte. And just 3 months ago, I had moved in with friends, as this job at WHDH was only temporary at the time.  So I had some stuff in Arlington, hubby and my stuff in Charlotte, and we needed all of it to make its way to our new apartment in Boston.

moving day in clt

We had some great movers, Gentle Giants!  But no move is without its kinks.  This time, it was timing!  With me working (in Boston) and hubby traveling, the giants picked up our stuff in Charlotte on July 23rd.  But we couldn’t get into our apartment until August 1st.  We needed to paint so they delivered our belongings on the 4th.  We also moved from central air, everywhere, to a quaint brownstone without an air conditioner.  Of course moving day was one of the hottest, most humid days of the year, so there was a desperate, last minute search for an air conditioner.

In the middle of unpacking I caught myself saying never again!  Hubby looked at me.  I’m not sure if his stare was in disbelief, exasperation, or surrender.