I’ve been working in various technical realms for almost my entire life. With the recent #MeToo movement, I just thought it might be appropriate for me to comment about my experiences about working with the opposite sex. Before I left my job at WNEP, I found out that I was the first and only female engineer that was hired there. I guess I sort have created my own legacy. The job was intimidating and some days I didn’t know if I was capable of doing it. Working with live TV is kind of scary, because it’s LIVE. There is no room for fucking up.
All I have learned about broadcasting happened bit by bit through very patient teachers (all of which were male). It’s going to take a while to understand how all of it comes together, but I’m willing to learn and that’s the important part. Not all men in TV roles are evil sexual predators, as the media would have you believe. I think it’s important to know that.
I got the idea for this post on my drive home one night. I mean this post to be respectful, but yet sarcastic. So just pipe the fuck down everyone if you cannot take a joke.
Without further ado, “5 Things I learned about guys while working with guys”:
1. They don’t notice things.
(Much like my soon-to-be ex)
One day I hacked off 4 inches of hair and dyed it a different color. No one said a word. 3 days later one of them asked me “Did you cut your hair?”
2. They are ball busters.
I fell on the ice on my deck pretty badly a few years ago. I told the guys I work with about it and from then on, every time I walked into the office on a Tuesday morning (I was off on Mondays), one of the first questions out of their mouth is “Hey, do any falling this weekend?” It cracks me up every time because I am self-admitted clutz. There should be a support group. Oh wait. There is. SEE PREVIOUS POSTS.
3. They gossip.
Oh my god! Worse than women! If you want to learn anything about anyone, ask any one of the guys I have worked with. Chances are they already know about it!
4. They oggle.
It’s just human nature. If there’s a scantily clad woman on a TV show, they stop dead in their tracks and stare. It’s fine and I’m not threatened, but it is entertaining to watch the mouth breathing and drooling. I submit this music video (LISTEN TO THE GODDAMN LYRICS) for your enjoyment. “….Pretty girls, don’t know the things that I know….”
5. They care.
I’ve been gone from the station and my brothers/dads/friends for a year. I miss them. They miss me. They still tell stories about me and I still tell stories about them. We’re a rag-tag bunch of misfits that were put together for a specific reason at a specific time. We’ve learned a lot from each other, both good and bad. All in all, I wouldn’t trade my time working with them for anything in the world.