There's something I really love about bad weather.
It does,for the most part, bring out the best in people. It brings both neighbors and strangers together against the elements.
Good Samaritans stop to pull distressed motorists out of ditches, they help push cars out of harm's way, lend a hand to someone trying to chain up, or scrape a windshield.
It certainly brings the Newschannel 8 team together.
Mallorie of Tualatin wrote me in response to the "Now, This is a Snow Day" blog:
"Nice boots. I always wondered how hard it is for TV news people to get to work or around town during snowy weather.
Has anyone ever had to stay the night at the station?"
I am glad you asked Mallorie. Your question is a good way to illustrate how the Newschannel 8 team works together,especially on a snow day.
Last week, when we thought Portland was going to get hit by a major snowstorm, Dave Salesky slept downstairs in our weight room.
He provided vital weather information during our late news, then had to be here starting at 4am for the Sunrise show, so he said it didn't make sense to go home. Sweet dreams, Dave.
Now, I think that's dedication to our viewers.
This week, when we got hit by our unexpected snow, Night Team Reporter,"Scott Burton" gave Tracy Barry, and our Executive Producer, Sally Ramirez rides into work, since he had a snow worthy vehicle.
That night, our 11pm Senior Producer, Aaron Weiss, spent the night here at the station, so he could help out the morning crew, when the newscast started an hour early at 4am.
Again, dedication and team work.
Reporter,Vince Patton, sent out an email offering his driving services and his 4-wheel drive Subaru with spider spikes, for anyone needing help getting into work.
Those are just a few examples of how the Newschannel 8 team pulls together just as the entire Metro Area watches out for each other, when we need it the most.
Now, that's team work!