I’ve been back on-air in Connecticut nearly three weeks. When it works right (and there have been technical hiccups we’re working to fix) it is incredibly pleasurable. It’s my drug. I am hooked.
There have been some interesting and unexpected side effects of doing News 8’s 5, 6, 10 and 11 this week. I am living on EDT!
It’s crazy. The news is over at 11:35p EDT. That’s how it feels to me, though the clock says 8:35p and the sky is still bright. And I’m exhausted!
The exhaustion is more linked to chemo, now four weeks past tense. It will take a while for my blood to rebuild its full complement of platelets and blood cells. Until then I’m sleeping/napping 10-11 hours a day.
The more interesting quirk is how easy it’s been for me to “feel” Connecticut’s weather without being there. I look at a temperature/dew point combo and understand how it feels. It’s not a skill acquired on purpose. Thirty plus year of number looking has paid off.
The amount of data available today is mind boggling. It’s much easier for me to know what’s going on in Connecticut from California than it was when I lived there!
Es la cosa real, it’s the real thing. Yes, there are single serve, glass bottle Cokes in the Fox fridge.
This being SoCal it’s a thing: Coca Cola, hecho en Mexico!
What’s the diff? The Mexican version uses cane sugar. The US version uses high fructose corn syrup.
Do I taste the diff? I do not.
However, the Mexican Cokes aren’t made to be returned. California forces a deposit, there’s none in Mexico. The glass is thick and brings back memories. This is the way a Coke was meant to be consumed.
Soda tastes better in glass. Coke is no exception. I treat myself to a bottle a day. Don’t tell any of my doctors.
My next on-air appearance isn’t until Monday evening. I’m looking at weather maps anyway. It’s what I do.
Like so much else in life, becoming a meteorologist was a sort of random occurrence. Most meteorologists I know were fascinated by weather growing up. Not me. I was a city boy. The buses always ran. The subways always ran. In New York City you look down.
Growing up I wanted to be on radio and was for eleven years. TV didn’t attract me until I was around 30.
My first TV job was co-hosting PM Magazine/Buffalo. We began in late August, when Buffalo is its most charming. It really is a lovely city until about Thanksgiving.
Everything you think you know about Buffalo weather is correct.
PM Magazine was an ‘on location’ show. It was one of the first to take advantage of the change from film to tape.
1980 was before the ubiquity of four wheel drive. We drove Buffalo’s winter in a large Dodge van.
It didn’t take long to realize this wasn’t a good career choice. I remember doing ins-and-outs in front of Army helicopters at Niagara Falls International. It was so cold my lips couldn’t properly pronounce words!
A weekend weather job opened up at the station. Two days a week I could stay off the road. Of course I knew zero about meteorology.
I started to look into weather and was quickly hooked. I’m a math guy. I like maps and charts and graphs. Weather was full of those.
It didn’t take long for Helaine and me to drive to Toronto scouring for books on meteorology. I made friends with the guys at the Buffalo Weather Service Office. I took it all seriously.
Later I took 53 credits from Mississippi State University and received their certification. That qualifies me to join the American Meteorological Society and call myself a meteorologist.
The maps and charts really do talk to me. I look at my tools and feel the weather. It’s pretty cool.
I just walked over where the Tweet family used to live. They’re empty nesters now, literally! They’ve flown the coup.
We read up on Mourning Doves. All this is expected. The Tweets took a day or two longer at each stage than most. More time for us to observe. There is a stepladder positioned in front of the tree. We were dedicated.
The doves were still in the neighborhood a few days ago. I saw the kids up on a wall. Two days ago the four of them were on-the-ground. The twins were being taught to find and eat seeds. Mourning Doves spend lots of time walking.
The nest is is good shape. It’s possible mom will be back to lay her next clutch of eggs. It’s also possible she felt the Foxes were a little intrusive and they’ll search elsewhere.
Having birds choose our easily accessible tree to build a nest and raise chicks was really, really cool.