I just got done watching the new Gap ad.
If you haven’t seen it, check it out at www.gap.com
This woman is the reason why.
I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. To me, the woman is the embodiment of class. Not just because of her films, or her beauty or her sense of style, but also because of her work off camera in her “twilight years.” She started doing work for UNICEF beginning in 1988, and continued helping people in underprivileged countries until she died in 1993. I’ve watched many interviews in which Hepburn talks about those experiences, and she is remarkable.
The picture below is a scene from the film “Funny Face” – the one featured in the new Gap ad. It doesn’t hurt that the creators use ACDCs “Back in Black” for the tunes.
Wednesday was painful. The day started at the Y. I intended to meet Kerry Kavanaugh there to take a bike class. The problem . . . no one was there to teach it! So, I did. Kindof. I guarantee it was not the best exercise class these people have ever attended.
The day got worse when I realized that I’d overlooked the giant sticky note I left myself as a reminder to do something very important. The sticky note read “BUY HUSKER TIX!!!” Once I picked up a bunch of random junk that was cluttering my desk, I found the note. . . too late. Well, technically not too late. I still got tickets to the Iowa State – Nebraska game, but we will be on the hillside. Bummer. Oh well . . . it will still be a good time. Go Big Red!
I just need to vent about Katie for a moment. Or rather, about the hoopla surrounding her debut on the CBS Evening News. First, I should let you know that I’m pretty ambivalent about Couric. I don’t love her, I don’t hate her – maybe it’s because I’ve worked nights for so long and haven’t watched much early morning tv, who knows. However, I think the way the media and the public have reacted to her ascension is disgusting.
First of all . . . no one raised a stink when Elizabeth Vargas was promoted to sitting in the anchor chair on ABC World News Tonight after Peter Jennings died. I realize she was sharing the desk with a man, but she was still the first woman to be put in such a position and we didn’t hear squat about it! Then, when it’s announced that Katie will be moving up, people completely freak out about it. I don’t get it. I am thrilled that a female is finally filling these shoes. What irritates me to no end is the way she’s being critiqued. Her first night on the air, the cable stations had all sorts of critics on for interviews – bashing K.C. for her hair, her makeup, her clothing, her legs showing during an interview. Oh yeah, and her delivery (although that was merely a sidebar). And viewers are no better, I was reading a blog the other day about this “new era” and 90% of the people posting were leaving comments about appearance. Has it occured to anyone that none of this happened when Brian Williams took over for Tom Brokaw?!?! I never heard or read one tidbit about what the man was wearing, or what his hair looked like. It’s sexist and degrading. Judge the woman (any woman) on how she’s doing the job, not for how she looks. Please. OK, I’m done. Thanks.
Finally, a number of you have asked about a “typical” day. There isn’t one. But, I’ll try to give you a basic rundown here.
1:00 – 1:30 Arrive at Channel 13
1:30 – 2:00 Afternoon meeting. This is where we go over the 5 and 6 o’clock shows, and then throw out story ideas for the 10 o’clock newscast. Reporters get their assignments in this meeting.
2:00 – 2:45 Check email, respond to emails, make phone calls, research any stories I’m working on, help reporters if they need it, read through promos.
2:45 – 3:00 Finish doing my makeup & hair (because I’m never ready when I get to work).
3:00 – 3:20 Live update at 3 o’clock, tape other promos and News At Your Desk
3:20 – 3:30 Look over early show rundowns to see if anything has changed, look at scripts
3:30 – 3:45 Talk with Bachman about shows, anything he thinks needs to be changed or added
3:45 – 4:45 Writing and editing scripts, talking with reporters about their stories, more email and phone calls, maybe some meetings
4:45 – 4:50 Check hair, makeup, see if I’m wearing anything I’ve eaten at my desk, brush teeth
5:00 – 5:30 Newscast
5:30 – 5:40 Post show meeting, tape promos for 10pm show
5:40- 5:50 Read 6 o’clock scripts, make any final changes
6:00- 6:30 Newscast
6:30 – 6:40 Repeat of what we did after the 5 o’clock show
6:45 – 7:00 Meeting with Bachman, 10 o’clock producer, news director and reporters. Review the show rundown, talk with reporters about their stories.
7:00 – 8:00 Writing for 10pm show, reviewing scripts with reporters if they ask me to do so.
8:00 – 9:00 Hopefully go home to eat, maybe get to see Michael
9:00 – 9:40 More writing, emails, phone calls.
9:40- 9:50 More checking on appearance, brush teeth again
10:00 – 10:30 Newscast
10:30- 10:45 Post show meeting
10:45 GO HOME!!!
Of course all of this is interspersed with lots of talking and some days, screwing around with co-workers. And some days, all of this goes out the window because of breaking news or working on a story myself. It’s all unpredictable, and that’s part of what I love about it!
I’m starving – gotta go eat.
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