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A wife in the media too

I guess this is a very belated announcement, but I figured as much as I complained about it, I needed to get the good news out there. It was a long time coming, but my wife has a job...finally.

After nearly a year of searching (with college degree in hand), she found a sliver of daylight in the dreary economy, and now she works right where she wanted to work -- as a production assistant for News Channel 6.

Having two media employees in one household has presented some strange situations to say the least. When big McDuffie news has broken in recent weeks, I've had to keep my mouth shut at home to ensure that The Mirror comes out with it first.

If I were to tell her about it, the next thing I know, a T.V. reporter would have my story on the air that night. Getting scooped when you had the story first is never a good feeling.

I don't feel bad if others find the story first on their own. I can't help that too much. (It's an extreme rarity anyway.) So now we just talk about the news much less often in our house.

But here she is with a "part time" job in television working the camera, teleprompter and editing video like a mad woman. And somehow she ends up actually working more hours than me, and I have two jobs.

With both of us gone so much, the house has become about as tidy as the county landfill. Sorry, no visitors are allowed for the holidays, unless you're a member of a hazmat team.

How can a part-time employee work more than 60 hours a week? Isn't that against the law? She's still training on every possible piece of equipment in the station, and pretty soon she will be able to run a broadcast single handedly (in theory anyway).

So now when -- or if -- we see each other, it's quality time instead of quantity, like it used to be. But I think she's happier now that she actually leaves the house. No offense to her, but I know I am.

All kidding aside, I'm proud of Priscilla and the strides she has made in her budding career. It's not easy being the new kid in an office, but she has become a commodity, as her boss told her.

She will probably even be training some of the more tenured employees soon, as the station changes over to digital editing. That is something she learned in college, but many there don't know a thing about.

So when -- or if -- you see her, give her a pat on the back. You can also see the results of her efforts on the 6 and 11 p.m. news.

Web posted on Thursday, December 30, 2004


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