Well I Lied

     So it was actually about the same time last week that I was posting.  I thought I wouldn’t be as busy this week but I was wrong.  Now I am determined to pump out a post before going to bed…. so here it is!  Where to even begin?  Oh I know…

     As you know, I shot a lot of sports last week.  Well this week was a little different.  I got swapped back into news shooting.  My first assignment was to go over to the medical campus and visit the Crime Lab to shoot a story about a “need to renovate” as the assignment sheet put it.  Now the medical campus is a mysterious place.  It is situated diagonally northeast of the west, or main, campus.  I’ve driven past the medical campus before but had never really been there.  It was time for an adventure.

     Upon completing the ten minute walk to the medical campus, I was blown away by the fact that I hadn’t yet explored it.  It’s about as big as the west campus which I am extremely familiar with by now.  My brain started processing the idea that I had a whole new world to explore and I got very excited.  I’m thinking an exploratory adventure blog adventure is in order!  But for real, the place is really interesting. 

     I got to the crime lab with no trouble aside from having to be buzzed in.  I then met up with a man named Mike who was to lead me around and answer any questions I had.  After being brought up to the lab floor through a key-only elevator, I asked, “what’s the story with the needed renovations?”  I was extremely surprised to learn about the conditions that the crime lab was working under.  They need renovations because they literally have no room to work.  Mike lead me around and showed me what he meant.  There was lab equipment set up for use in the halls, resource/storage rooms, and pretty much anywhere else they could find room.  There was even one hallway that had been converted into a place for offices.  Because of all of this, the workload has decreased and only allows for a small number of cases to be open at a time.  I checked out the firearms lab which consisted of a three man team who all had to work in one room (top right picture) with a shooting range jammed into a small room not five feet away.  Because of these conditions, the firearms section has cases backing up resulting in a backload of about six-hundred cases.

Mike Trimpe showing a cramped storage/resource room that doubles as a home to one of the GC/MS machines at the Corryville Crime Lab on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.Brian Scowder, a firearms forsensics specialist, works in his lab that he shares with three other people at the Corryville Crime Lab.  Due to space limitation, the workload has slowed down now causing a backup of six-hundred cases. Taken on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.at the Corryville Crime Lab on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.Mike Trimpe showing a boiler room used to dry up copious amounts of confiscated marijuana for weighing.  Due to space limitations, this is the only room in the building where this can be done.  At the Corryville Crime Lab on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.

     The bottom right picture is the boiler room in which they have to use to dry out large amounts of confiscated marijuana for weighing.  Until the Crime Lab gets some much needed funding for renovations, their workload is only going to get larger and their jobs a lot harder. 

     That was my only job for Tuesday.  The next day was to be my day off, but it certainly wasn’t.  Waking up at around 7 a.m. I headed out to shoot was was called the “Flag Ceremony” at TUC.  When I got there at 8, nothing was happening.  There were however, a bunch of flags lined up all over the place.  I asked what was up with the ceremony and I got some weird looks.  The front desk people told me that there was no ceremony and pretty much that what I saw is what I would get.  I decided to shoot some pics just in case but there isn’t a lot you can do with flag pictures.

International flags standing in TUC for the International Festival on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.

     Luckily I was to shoot the actual festival at 9 right outside so I figured I could head out and enjoy the morning while I waited for the festival to begin.  Well long story short, the time was wrong for the festival.  The school actually had it listed for 11 a.m. that day so I decided to go home, eat breakfast,and get ready for my meeting for another shoot at the medical campus again right after lunch. 

     After eating I headed back to catch the festival at 11.  Once again, the time was wrong and they were still setting up.  I didn’t know what to do but soon came across a flyer for an international week career fair kind of thing happening at noon.  Since my meeting wasn’t until 1 and I needed something for the festival, I figured why not?

Students particiapte in UC's Jobs/Careers for US and International Students event as a part of the International Festival week at TUC on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.Students particiapte in UC's Jobs/Careers for US and International Students event as a part of the International Festival week at TUC on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.Students particiapte in UC's Jobs/Careers for US and International Students event as a part of the International Festival week at TUC on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.Students particiapte in UC's Jobs/Careers for US and International Students event as a part of the International Festival week at TUC on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.

     I headed out pretty early so that I could make the walk to the medical campus and find another new building to my mental map.  I was to meet Dr. Chatterjee to get some pictures of his Diabetes research, that’s all I knew.  After a little phone tag, I found myself in his office.  He lead me to the lab and dumped me on one of his assistants, Neil, who was actually more than happy to talk to me about what they were doing and show me a little bit of the lab.Neil Batra working in the lab at the CVC where they are doing research on on Diabetes with Dr. Chatterjee. 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.Neil Batra working in the lab at the CVC where they are doing research on on Diabetes with Dr. Chatterjee. 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.

     After that I was pretty much beat.  It was at this point that I had a stunning revelation: It is easier for one to take the free shuttle system than to walk to and from the medical and main campuses.  The bus took me pretty close to the festival so I decided to take a look to see if it had started yet.  The time was 1:30 and the festival hadn’t started yet.  I did the only logical thing, I went home.

     I unloaded all the pictures from the day and started picking out the top pics from each story and sent them in.  Taking a break from the busy day, it wasn’t too long before I was out again, for I had to shoot the International Fashion Show.  Heading out early, I walked by the “festival” for kicks and giggles.  Still not up (it wasn’t until two days later that the festival actually started despite what the festival schedule stated). 

    The fashion show went really well.  There were a lot of photographers there.  Since I knew two of them we talked briefly or at least nodded and smiled.  As for the unknown photographers, we gave an acknowledging nod to each other before sizing up the other’s gear.  Common practice. 

Models and Performers walk, sing, and dance on the runway for the International Festival's Fashion show at TUC on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.Models and Performers walk, sing, and dance on the runway for the International Festival's Fashion show at TUC on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.Models and Performers walk, sing, and dance on the runway for the International Festival's Fashion show at TUC on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.Models and Performers walk, sing, and dance on the runway for the International Festival's Fashion show at TUC on 4/25/12. Photo by Phil Didion.

     Needless to say, after Wednesday, I was a little photo’d out.  I’ve since taken the days off but I’m already scheduled to make a couple shoots this weekend.  I’ve also got an H2o video due for Sunday’s service so my little break is officially over.  It was good while it lasted.

     It’s all good though for tomorrow brings a new episode of Korra to geek out over.  Once again, please comment and tell me what you think if you’re watching the show. 

     Oh I almost forgot.  When I was at a game last week, I took some pictures of friends I’m gonna share because I can._DSC0092-2     Taylor Belcher_DSC0117    The Sisters Park_DSC0154     Kelly Park

     Good news!  Remember that lighting gear I was walking about last week?  Well it’s here!  I was going to make a video announcement but I’ve been really busy so it hasn’t happened yet but expect one sometime next week.  It’s going to be about the future of the blog and what I’m doing with the new shtuff.

     Well I hope that’s all enough to chew on for a couple days.  This little blogger is going to bed.  Thanks for reading folks, have a good weekend and I’ll talk to you again soon…ish.

2 thoughts on “Well I Lied

  1. It’s good that you are getting a variety of assignments! The crime lab sounded interesting. I liked the pictures of the fashion show. I especially liked the first one. It’s too bad the timing for the festival was off. There must have been some people wondering why it wasn’t going on. Yay for the shuttle! Hope you can get some rest!

    cad

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