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Little Balls of Fur

Breaking news is my favorite adrenaline rush in the newsroom.
Another rush: using chopper and ground crews to cover huge Bay Area events – from Tour of California to a Space Shuttle flyover.

#kvpnewsroom @AnneMakovec with softy, furry kitties from @SFACC
One of our favorite studio segments involves cute animals looking for homes. Our quick adopt-a-pet segments have helped furry friends find new families.

On another note – this cat video is hilarious! The tortured musings of spoiled pets, on YouTube.

Mad as Hell?

Wow! I loved this trailer for the new HBO series, “The Newsroom.”
I wonder if Jeff Daniels is channeling Howard Beale in his anchor role.

I’m setting up my DVR to record the pilot. It could be awesome. I also find myself yelling at the screen with these pseudo-newsroom shows. Ask my hubby. I tore apart “Morning Glory.” I got snarky over impossible live shots, human camera work and the newsroom meeting before the morning news show.
#kvpnewsroom : Boothing #WkdEarlyEdition taping of @liammayclem 's #LiamsList w/ #JonathanPryce #fb #in
I almost stopped watching “The Ugly Truth” when I saw the Sacramento morning news producer drive to work after sunrise. WTF.

Also – Thanks to Medill’s tweet, I spotted one of the lectures halls used by my classes in Evanston. Ah…memories!

In the field

Sometimes I manage to take a break from all the writing and scrambling for video, elements and common sense in the middle of the morning news show. During my break, I leave the newsroom and field produce live interviews for the show.
Field Producing
Last month, I met Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom at Caffe Roma in North Beach. He chatted with my morning anchor, Phil Matier, and former Mayor Willie Brown about a controversial mountain lion hunt.
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Worlds Collide

Colleague: “You should join me for the Off the Grid food truck event by Fort Mason.”
Another Colleague: “I’d love to see you at our karaoke party in JapanTown.”
Evite: “Host wanted to remind you about (insert friend’s name) birthday coming up.”

I hit the “unavailable” button on the Evite page.
My response: “I wish I could but I can’t.”
My reason: I’ll be sleeping at that time because I need to be back in the newsroom by midnight.

I live in a separate time stream from my friends, family and co-workers. Most people think Friday night is the perfect night to hang out, discover new food spots and catch-up.
It’s just another work day for me.
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Living for my weekends

La vie en rose? I kept it simple for Happy Hour on my Friday. Other people called it Wednesday or “Hump Day.” I called it the start of my weekend.

Yesterday, I enjoyed French red wine, a salmon sandwich and a good book at Cafe du Soleil in San Francisco.
Cafe du Soleil
I watched dogs walk their humans or chase after them on their bicycles. I saw a dad teaching his kids how to ride bikes by the intersection. Another guy blew-up at a couple down the street. Heads swiveled from cafe patrons and pedestrians when his cursing got louder.

This wine bar in the Haight reminded me of my favorite French bistro in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Chicken pate and a French Merlot

Les Amis De Jean-Jacques near Bolshoy pr reminded me of other bistros in Paris.
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Even though it felt like the first day of winter in San Francisco, I wanted to enjoy my wine outside and read Gopnik’s “Paris to the Moon.” I just wrapped up my 8-day work week and I think I’m getting over my cold.

Time to celebrate the weekend.
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Hello San Francisco

Some say you need to dress in layers if you live and/or work in San Francisco. I suspect that’s true for folks on early morning shifts, like me.
I arrive at work before dawn and I wrap up in shawl to ward off the chills from the fog. I take a lunch break while most people are grabbing coffee before the start of their work shifts. Lately, the fog lingers and the city is still cold outside. By the time I go home, the sun is out and I don’t want to carry a jacket after work. My shawls have been cozy so far.
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Away he goes…

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It’s funny to see the major screw-up in this live shot in San Diego.

Also funny – the anchors reaction on the desk. They gave up reading the prompter and gave in to the giggles.

I can only imagine how their producer felt in the control booth. I can imagine her banging her head on the desk. Or, laughing along with them.
Andre In the Control Booth

And check out this outrageous reaction to a Long Island reporter doing her job.

Finally, one more funny video from my Sacramento colleague.

I told him it was funny and I’m happy he didn’t pull this on me when I was in the control booth.