Broadway is Dark Tonight

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Broadway is a street a few blocks to the west of the street I live on, which is Joplin. But I don’t live in Joplin. I live in Pittsburg, Kansas; going on my third week now. At this point, I still feel like I’m in a much smaller town than Springfield that doesn’t have nearly as much going on. I’ll probably warm up to it with time, at this point I’m spending all my time between my 9-10 hour shifts and sleeping working out or watching “Scrubs” on DVD.

The producing job is going more smoothly than anticipated. I’ve solo-produced a couple of weeks now, with only minor errors. But I know at some point, as live television gods dictate, something will go wrong and I’ll have to think on my feet and deal with the curve ball. When that day comes, I hope I have plenty of caffeine in my system.

Being out of college is only a little different than I expected. It’s relieving to only have to focus on one job and being as perfect as I can at it. At the same time, I’m driving to the same place five times a week,  putting in the hours and coming home exhausted. But I’m optimistic about the future as I continue to get accustomed to the sleep schedule. As the days go by, I won’t have to come in as early and leave as late and my body will make the adjustments and get used to not as much sunlight. Hopefully the weekend will take care of that.

Why I should be sleeping..

I write this as I go back looking through my pics from photojournalism class and still wonder why wordpress insisted on making them overlap everything when I posted them. Maybe I’ll find out how to fix the layout once things have chilled out. But not today.

I should not be awake now, instead striving to get used to the sleep schedule I will have for the foreseeable future. The last time I worked the third shift was right after I graduated high school and it was the most draining, god awful job I will ever have. My current job certainly isn’t god-awful. On the contrary I’m extremely thankful I stumbled upon it and glad I made the long drive between work and class on a Wednesday for the interview.

The job now is draining, but things will get better. If I can pull this off, I’ll feel I can do anything. My first test is Monday, when I produce my first newscast by myself. An hour and a half of news content. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Alas, the long-awaited Sports Pics

Some of the highlights of my sports-watching experience during my college years…

The MSU Bears take a break on their way to a streak-extending win against Creighton in January 2006.

The MSU Bears take a break on their way to a streak-extending win against Creighton in January 2006.

The #9 car driven by Kasey Kahne leads the pack at the start of the April '06 race at Texas Speedway. Kahne would go on to win the race at NASCAR's fastest track.

The #9 car driven by Kasey Kahne leads the pack at the start of the April '06 race at Texas Speedway. Kahne would go on to win the race at NASCAR's fastest track.

Fans take to the court following the Bears' inaugural win at JQH Arena against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Fans take to the court following Bears' inaugural win at JQH Arena against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Scavenger Hunt Photos

Here are my photos in all their unedited glory!Books<Power 

 

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During the morning newscast, KSPR's Natalie Nunn updates her weather graphics following a night of heavy flooding in Springfield.

During the morning newscast, KSPR's Natalie Nunn updates her weather graphics following a night of heavy flooding in Springfield.

Public Affairs Conference 2009

This year’s conference at Missouri State University focused on sustainability.

Dr. Harold Hodgkinson gave the final address of the conference on friday. His presentation focused on the implications of world population trends for the future.

Dr. Harold Hodgkinson gave the final address of the conference on friday. His presentation focused on the implications of world population trends for the future.

 Dr. Hodgkinson describes the major human migration routes over the last several years. Hodgkinson works for the Center of Demographic Policy at the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Dr. Hodgkinson describes the major human migration routes over the last several years. Hodgkinson works for the Center of Demographic Policy at the Institute for Educational Leadership.

The first of many audience questions following Hodgkinson's presentation.

The first of many audience questions following Hodgkinson's presentation.

To make conference less confusing for out-of-towners, the campus shuttles that went from the garages to the union was clearly marked.

To make conference less confusing for out-of-towners, the campus shuttles that went from the garages to the union was clearly marked.

Photo Story: Orchard Owners Take Action to Save Crops From Cold

I took these pictures the weekend before the Ozarks saw multiple nights of subfreezing temperatures. I was covering a story on those who could be most affected by the cold-snap: orchard owners who rely on their crop for income.

This orchard is located in the hills near Highlandville, about 30 miles southeast of Springfield. While peaches are the primary fruit grown here, apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and tomatoes can also be found.

This orchard is located in the hills near Highlandville, about 30 miles southeast of Springfield. While peaches are the primary fruit grown here, apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and tomatoes can also be found.

Although owner Paul Lais lives with his wife in Springfield, during early spring he can be found at the orchard seven days a week, preparing for the growing season. He sleeps in a trailer he bought which he lovingly calls the "Man-Cave".

Owner Paul Lais lives with his wife in Springfield, but during early spring he can be found at the orchard seven days a week, preparing for the growing season. He sleeps in a trailer he bought which he lovingly calls the "Man-Cave".

 

Lais says peaches and strawberries are the first to start growing; they typically blossom late March to early April.

Lais says peaches and strawberries are the first to start growing; they typically blossom late March to early April.

Peach trees are the most vulnerable to cold during the blossom stage. Lais says if the temperature reaches 28 degrees, he can expect a 10% peach loss. If it dips to 25 degrees, up to 90% can be lost. During an early April cold snap two years ago, Lais lost a majority of his peach and strawberry crop and had to make up for the loss by working in Springfield.

Peach trees are the most vulnerable to cold during the blossom stage. Lais says if the temperature reaches 28 degrees, he can expect a 10% peach loss. If it dips to 25 degrees, up to 90% can be lost. During an early April cold snap two years ago, Lais lost a majority of his peach and strawberry crop and had to make up for the loss by working in Springfield.

If it gets below freezing, Lais will crank up his lone wind machine. The heat is generated from diesel powered "smudge pots" at the machines base, and the propellor will circulate the rising heat throughout the 10 acres of peach trees.

If it gets below freezing, Lais will crank up his lone wind machine. The heat is generated from diesel-powered "smudge pots" placed near the base of the tower, and the propellor will circulate the rising heat throughout the 10 acres of peach trees.

 

Another tool to keep the peach trees warm is a sprayer. A tractor pulls the contraption between the peach trees as it sprays a mist of freeze-proof liquid calcium on them.

Another tool to keep the peach trees warm is a sprayer. A tractor pulls the contraption between the peach trees as it sprays a mist of freeze-proof liquid calcium on them.

Lais will work the sprayer using a controller as he rides the tractor.

Lais will work the sprayer using a controller as he rides the tractor.

The fruit grown here will be sold to local grocery stores and the Farmer's Market in Springfield. If he looses most of his crop to the cold, Lais says he will have to buy fruit from other orchards and re-sell it. This costs twice as much as producing his own fruit.

The fruit grown here will be sold to local grocery stores and the Farmer's Market in Springfield. If he loses most of his peach crop to the cold, Lais will have to buy fruit from other orchards and re-sell it. This costs twice as much as producing his own fruit.

Dozens of Ducks and Gaggles of Geese

For my feature pictures, I went to Nathaniel Greene Park in Springfield on a warm day hoping there’d be a bunch of fun photo ops with kids playing around. In actuality, there were only a few people busy walking the trail. So I turned my attention to the waterfowl.

Looking Across the Way

On any given mild spring day, geese can be found near South Creek Lake. This bunch is checking out their neighbors on the far shore.

The geese seem accustomed to humans; letting those quiet enough within a few feet.

The geese seem accustomed to humans; letting those quiet enough within a few feet.

...and they're off

...and they're off

A memorial to Anne Case Drummond was built to the park lover after her death in 2002.

A memorial to Anne Case Drummond was built to honor the park lover after her death in 2002.

The south side of the lake seems to be the preferred spot for area ducks.

The south side of the lake seems to be the preferred spot for area ducks.


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