In soaps, just this title would have struck fear into the heart of many an executive producer. As budget-breaking as late hours during the week might be, extra days on the weekend were reserved for only the most dire of situations--very last minute reshoots, very special sweeps week sequences, impossible actor availability scenarios.
News, however, is a 24/7 endeavor. While more may happen during the
week, the viewing world expects coverage when there needs to be
coverage, video when there needs to be video, someone there to tell the
story, no matter what hour or day. The work is necessary, the cost
accepted. So, after half a lifetime in a world that avoided weekends
like the plague, I now live in a world that embraces weekends like just
another sibling. My "weekends" are often midweek, my calendar a roller
coaster in the amusement park of life. And when I think about it that
way, who wouldn't embrace another sibling? Who wouldn't try to roll with
the new experiences of an amusement park? New rules, new outlook.
So today, Weekend, Day Two, I was working. I may not always quite know what day
it is when I look at a calendar, but little by little, I'm learning
look at my weekends just a little differently. Because learning to look a little differently is just what you do--especially when you're not washed up yet.