Today is my last day in the Raleigh Newsroom. One of my coworkers celebrated 12 years with News 14/Time Warner Cable News today. My 10 year work anniversary happens in August. I’ve been here to see the station change names, go from 4:3 and giant backup tapes to 16:9 and digital HD. When I started, we made our traffic maps ‘by hand’ in Illustrator and Photoshop using templates that we modified. Not too long after I started, we switched to Curious Maps (thank the gods). When I started we only had the one building, and now we’re in Charlotte, Greensboro and Wilmington. I don’t even remember what software we had before we moved from VizRt to Chyron, but it was a pain in the butt. Sometimes the only surface indication that something has gone wrong was the sight of a news director dashing past the cubes, but even that hasn’t happened in years. We went from burnt coffee pots to a k-cup machine and I kept going with my “Last Pot Brewed” dry erase comics, which people liked more than I first realized. On top of that, no one I’ve talked to here even feels like they could ‘take over’, which equally surprises me. I’m sort of happy to be with the same company for 10 years, but I’m looking forward to the next adventure.
I applied for a contract job that needs 3D models pumped out. They want Maya and Max, but I’m hoping Lightwave could work for them too. (crosses fingers)
My boss had my regular workstation/computer moved to Charlotte and it’s going to be all ready for me when I come into work Sunday at the Charlotte Newsroom. My office decorations are all packed up and ready to go with me out the door today. I have a box of duplicate markers that I’m leaving here just in case someone wants to draw on the board too.
It’s pretty awesome that my bosses were not only willing to do this for me, but they moved it along pretty fast. The new drive won’t be much longer than the old drive to work, and I can still miss the rush hour because of my crazy schedule not changing.
We move the cats this weekend too. This will be interesting. I hope life continues to be interesting.