Over Thanksgiving break, I went to the Spy Museum in Chinatown of Washington, DC. The museum opened to the public in 2002, and I had a great time looking around. I spent four hours looking around all the exhibits the museum has to offer, and I felt like I needed more time. When first entering, you go up a elevator and enter a room where you pick a secret identity. I was Billy Henderson, a 14 year old boy from Spain, who was on vacation in London for nine days. The next area is very cool, as you get to see many gadgets spies used and videos about different spies. Another thing I liked was all the hands on things you could to do. In other areas you can learn about George Washington spying career, and what pigeons could do as spies. The museum is most known for the James Bond exhibit. In 2012, the museum opened up “50 Years of Bond Villains”, and being a big 007 fan, I found the exhibit very neat. In the exhibit, you can watch videos on certain villains, as well as you can see certain gadgets. Javier Bardem’s costume as a police officer in the 2012 film, Skyfall can also be seen. The gift shop also has some things you might need, such as Emergency Underpants. The burger restaurant, Shake Shack sits right next door, making a great lunch spot. All in all, if you are bored and want something to do around the holiday season, I highly recommend visiting the Spy Museum.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Turkey Day. The day to give thanks. The day for apple pie and potatoes and turkey. The day for football. The day to spend time with your friends and family. Whether you're stuck in the car going to see family, staying at home with your family, playing football outside, or stuck inside watching TV, Thanksgiving will be fun in some way. Personally, I will be watching my sister play in the annual ATS Turkey Bowl on Tuesday. All my family will be coming throughout the week. Some on Sunday, some on Wednesday, and some on Thursday. I will likely watch the Macy’s Day Parade, watch some football, and cap it off with an awesome dinner.
Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, pie, the whole shabam. This year, my dad is grilling us a turkey outside, so that will taste amazing. After saying grace, dig in. Whether you’re eating at home or at a restaurant, your food will taste amazing and you will be stuffed after eating. After you finish eating, sit down, take a break, and watch some more football. At 8:30 on NBC, the Seahawks will battle the 49ers in San Fran. Both sides are 7-4, and the Hawks won the Super Bowl last year. Also, Fox, NBC, and CBS will each give out awards for their games. Fox will give out the Galloping Gobbler, CBS will give out the All-Iron Award, and NBC will give out the Madden Thanksgiving Player of the game.
There you go, that is my guide for what to do on Thanksgiving this year. Some people may view Thanksgiving as a long break off from school or work, or a lame holiday before Christmas. But giving thanks is something everyone should do every single day of their lives, not just on turkey day. However, enjoy your five day weekend, watch some tv, eat some food, and most of all have lots of fun.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
By Connor Smith
While I did have to write a report on my day, some of the questions I had to ask did teach me some things. Brant said that some qualifications for the job were to have a degree in journalism, and that the size of the market you are working in matters. Some personal qualifications were being able to communicate, having experience, and being able to persevere. His major responsibilities are the sports staff, and the sportscast on the news. He finds it frustrating that he doesn’t get enough time on the news. Brant says that the biggest keys to success in the business are to communicate, being kind, and to “treat every work day like it’s your first and every day with your family like it’s your last.”
Brant usually doesn’t get into the office until 2:30PM. I arrived at 3PM, and the sports staff, a group made up of four-five people, had a meeting to decide what to air on the sports. The sports airs usually at 5 and 6, as well as the 10 and 11 news hours. After deciding what to air, one of the members of the sports staff, Alex Parker, met with the editor to edit the sports clips and videos. I watched the 5 and 6 o'clock news next to the news desk (off camera) and in the director’s room. I met longtime broadcaster Gordon Peterson, as well as weather man Doug Hill. I was also able to meet Leon Harris and Maureen Bunyan and the directors, producers, and most of the staff at WJLA. I also went for a tour around the studios, and everybody I met was very nice and complimented me on my wardrobe, as I was wearing a blazer, khakis, and a tie. I wish I could’ve stayed longer, but in the end I learned a lot about the life of a sportscaster, a job I hope to have when I grow up.
“Treat every day at work like it’s your first, and every day with your family like it’s your last.” -Tim Brant