Well, not quite. The two guys, I later learned, were very adamant about their job title.
“‘We’re not window washers — we’re window glazers,'” one of the firefighters recalled them saying.
I was downtown in the early afternoon, and not feeling too good about myself. Traffic on I-75/85 was heavier than I’d anticipated, and I was late to a last-minute assignment. No more than 10 minutes late, but I’d missed the important part. So as I was driving back up to the newsroom, I was beating myself over the head (figuratively).
My only consolation? That it wasn’t a hugely important assignment. But I still wasn’t feeling too good about myself.
Then my editor called and told me to turn around.
The Bank of America building is the tallest in Atlanta, for those who may not know.
This was definitely one of the more fun assignments I’ve done this summer. I didn’t see another AJC person there, so I knew I had to do well in reporting. I haven’t done breaking news in quite a while, and I hadn’t done the reporting and photography for a breaking news story since an April 2007 homicide in Columbia. So it was really refreshing to have to get the visuals covered, as well as make sure I talked to all the right people.
Afterward, I got in touch with the reporter who was in the newsroom, fed him all the quotes and facts I’d gathered — and got my first story byline!
Once I filed the photos, it was off to yet another assignment. Some days, the news just doesn’t stop. Those are my favorite days.