Old Dog, New Tricks - 08/14/14

  If you read this blog with any regularity, then you've heard me talk about my dogs from time to time.  Despite tonight's title... this blog isn't about my fur babies.
   Instead, it's about *this* old dog and some new duties placed on my plate.  We recently started a new 5:30pm newscast.  I'm so glad we can offer you news as it happens in the afternoons now.  With this newscast, comes real time traffic reports.  We hope this is helpful as you begin your commute home or if you're waiting on someone to arrive.  You can even stream our news if you're driving by clicking  m.fox17.com/stream
    With that said, guess who gets to do the traffic?  My colleague Scott Couch and me.  The only problem is, I'm directionally challenged.  I can't find my way out of a wet paper sack.  I get lost going to the break room.  It's just not my thing.  I'm good at investigative reports, uncovering government waste, misspending, consumer news, and more.... but traffic?  I'm woefully ill equipped. 
    Thankfully, Scott and I had a pow wow about this and he likes doing traffic.  He's spent most of his career here in Middle Tennessee and knows every back road, every street, every alternate route...every everything.  In fact, when we attend events together, he always drives because I know he can get us there in THE most expeditious fashion.
     So, here's what we've worked out.  Scott will do the traffic bit most of the time, but when he's off... this old dog has to step in and try the new trick. 
     It's not that I can't embrace new things.  Heck I've learned to wake board this year in my 40's and learned how to embed links in my blog like this one about how I need  The Map Lady  just to get to the grocery store.   So, yes I do like to learn new things and try to learn a new skill or two every few months. 
     But when it comes to Old Dogs and New traffic Tricks... hmmmm...  I'm working to get around this roadblock.

 

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