Daylogs are often used to express angst. I would like to do so now, only I'm exhausted and really should have been asleep hours ago. The rage has prevented it until now, but I'm beginning to feel sleep edging up.
Why so angry? I have been in New Hampshire covering the primary since Saturday morning. I have been putting in 14 hour days or longer with very little sleep, very little food and even less appreciation for all of the extra stuff I'm packing in for the professors who have led this trip.
We were charged with the task of coming up with a documentary topic centered on young voters in two days, then fully developing and filming it while here starting Saturday and ending tomorrow night with the primary results. On top of this we have to produce articles for the departmental online news blog (which no one reads or knows about on campus) and some are doing interviews about the class with real news organizations or are producing sound bites for WAMU, the DC NPR station linked to the school.
It's a lot of work. It really is. It's also highly worth the little sleep and the little food, and maybe even the lack of appreciation. What it isn't worth is all of these things in one day topped off with a professor abandoning six girls at an event when she was supposed to take them back to the hotel/news room. It isn't worth being told, after an hour of frantically trying to get into contact with her without success, that she's at the hotel and isn't coming to get us because her online newspaper is more important than we are. It isn't worth being told we have to hike down a highway in the night, in the cold, to the airport so that we can then hail a taxi to come get us because she can't drive the 9 mintues it would take to get from the hotel to the location to get us.
And it certainly isn't worth returning, after piling 6 girls into one car and taking the slowest taxi ride ever, and finding out there were four people at the hotel who have vans they could have come and picked us up in.
So yeah. I had an outburst. A loud one that everyone is no doubt going to talk about for the next few days. And I don't really care.