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Tim Saunders' Blog

May 21, 2010
(Page 11 of 16)

First, I've made an effort to eat better and get in shape.  If you've seen me on the news, you must wonder what I'm talking about.  I'm not overweight, but until recently I haven't been living a healthy lifestyle.  My job often forces me to eat junk food and rarely exercise.  Last month, I decided to start working out with a personal trainer to get in better shape and develop a nutritional diet plan.  I'm happy to report that, so far, I've managed to start eating much better and the additional exercise has actually given me more energy.  I've also started a routine of challenging hikes every weekend to supplement my workouts.

I also just finished up the Lynchburg Citizens Police Academy, which is put on by the Lynchburg Police Department.  I signed up for the program to learn more about what our local police do on a daily basis.  I hoped to learn new information that would help me with my job, but I also had a chance to try something new.  We spent one Saturday last month at the police firing range, doing target practice with several types of firearms. 

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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.

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