For the first time, I was able to shoot a pistol and an automatic weapon. The experience gave me a new appreciation for firearms and the responsibility that comes with owning them. I realize that firing a gun isn't a big deal to most people, but for someone like me who wasn't raised around guns, learning to shoot one is a big step outside the comfort zone.
I'll keep you updated as I continue this new lifestyle of working out and trying new things. Happy Veterans Day to everyone and thanks to all who have served our country.
November 3, 2008
I love getting news tips from viewers. If you know about something I should cover, please call or e-mail me! Getting a personal message with details about an event, concern, or observation is something I respond well to. What I DON'T respond well to is spam.
This morning, I arrived at work to find literally hundreds of e-mails from a group that will remain unnamed, asking me to cover a particular story. These e-mails were not from News 7 viewers. Had I taken the time to e-mail any of these people back, they wouldn't have known who I was, nor would they know what WDBJ is or where we're located.
So how did they get my e-mail address if they don't know me? What likely happened is this particular group scoured the internet and located e-mail addresses for as many reporters as they could get their hands on. The group then e-mailed that list of addresses to its supporters and asked them to e-mail everyone on the list, asking them to cover the story they're trying to get out. Somehow, I landed on that mailing list. I get e-mails this way all the time, but this is the first time I've ever received the volume of e-mails from one group that I received last night.
Word to the wise - if you're involved with an organization (any kind of organization) and they ask you to send out a mass e-mail to reporters you don't know, don't waste your time. Don't waste my time. Send me one e-mail, not hundreds. There are plenty of ways to get a message out to the press. Spam should not be one of those ways.
October 12, 2008
How would you like to get your hands on money you didn't even know you owned? It happened to me this weekend.