Tales of my TV News Journey: Part 1 of 3

Salt Lake City 1999

A good blog friend emailed me this weekend, telling me she didn’t get a job she had hoped for.  Uhg.  I was immediately reminded of three amazing job failures I’ve had.

The Tornado

I was a Broadcast Journalism graduate and in 1999 I was interning at a local TV station, KSL, in Salt Lake City.   I thought it was intimidating, but so fun to go out on stories.  I was always fascinated how the reporters would get recognized wherever we would go.

I worked hard.  I was even given two positions as a station Tour Guide and as a temporary Associate Producer while interning.  Then!  I was offered a full-time position as an Associate Producer.  Woo-hoo!  I was scheduled to fill out paperwork on August 11 at 1:00 pm

I might have been a little extra…I don’t know the right word…uptight timely back then.  I would always go early to work and just hang out in my car, in the parking lot, for about fifteen minutes.  Traffic was so unpredictable and I was NEVER late.

The next day the woman who had given me the job was leaving to a different state.  She said not to worry–I had the job.  I only needed to fill out the paperwork.

The station manger called me into his office just after she left and said, in fact, “You do NOT have the job.”   What!?!  I had, previously, told him that my goal was to work on camera, and he was looking for someone long-term.  I was crushed.

So, from 12:45 pm to 1:00 pm on August 11,  when I should have been sitting in the parking lot, waiting to fill out paper work, I was just chillin’ in my apartment.  That’s when it hit!

The tornado.

It struck from 12:45-12:55 pm, right through downtown Salt Lake, exactly where I would have been sitting in my car!   All of the car windows were blown out of the cars in that parking lot.  Eighty people were injured and a man died in the trade show tent that was adjacent to the parking lot.

I’m so grateful I didn’t get that job.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day: Relax.  Being early is overrated.

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  1. Wow, what an amazing story. I always say, everything happens for a reason. And this just goes to show that!

    Ever since I had my children, I am extremely early. I wait, and wait…and wait. And the person I am meeting with is always late, appointments always start late. So, maybe I should just start showing up late? Like you said, being early is overrated. 🙂

  2. Great Story, I always say things happen for a reason. I am one of those people who are Never late. Glad you were not there!

  3. Wow! Talk about a blessing in disguise!

  4. Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace says:

    God knows what he is doing, that is for sure!

  5. Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys says:

    What a blessing you were not there. Isn't it funny how in certain moments we feel so down, but when we look back we see that it was a blessing how things turned out.

  6. Crystal Jeffers says:

    What an inspiring story of how things work even when they don't feel like they are. 🙂

  7. Wow! That was a close call and a sign that there is a reason that things in life happen for a reason.

  8. Mom of 12 says:

    I remember that tornado! I'm so glad you didn't get the job. It's crazy how bad things can turn out to be good ones.

  9. Sandy -- As Told By Mommy says:

    Wow!!! Amazing story!!!!

  10. Utah Mom says:

    I love when we are able to look back and see the hand of God in our lives. What a great story. I love to be early for appointments only because it often gives me a chance to read. And I have to be early to church. It's a disease.

  11. momnextdoor says:

    Whoa! On the one hand it's great that you were able to avoid that natural disaster! It sounds like it was for the best. But I can't help but think that it's also a little too bad that you weren't there for it because you could have brought your story back to the mean boss and tried to bribe your way into the job. Not that I would have done something like that…I'm just saying you could have. 🙂

  12. It was a blessing in disguise.

    What started out as a very big disappointment ended with you being alive and no physical harm!!

  13. blueviolet says:

    I felt badly for you at first, but not anymore. I'm happy that things turned out the way they did! Looking forward to the next 2 things also!

  14. Jennifer says:

    WOW! God reveals himself to us in various ways every day!

  15. It's amazing how things work out for you. It's lame you didn't get the job, but it's better that you didn't get hurt in a freak tornado that hit SLC. Crazy. It's awesome to look back at stuff like this and see the hand of the Lord protecting you. Thanks for sharing!

  16. yummychunklet says:

    Wow. How crazy! Good thing you didn't get that position!

  17. So THAT'S why you are so good at writing this lil' blog! You have a way with words, and now I know why! So were you ever on TV? Because I've stared at your picture so many times thinking 'I know I've seen her before!' I was in Layton when the tornado hit. My sister from Texas and I were in the Shopko parking lot looking towards SLC. She said,"Where I come from, if the clouds look like that, there's going to be a tornado." Crazy. BTW, you chose the RIGHT profession…I'm sure there are 4 cute kids that would agree with me, just sayin'!

  18. Texas Type A Mom says:

    That's so amazing. Everything happens for a reason and a purpose even if we don't know it at the time. It's just incredible you were able to see the ramifications of just one event in your life unfold.

  19. WhisperingWriter says:

    Wow, that is just crazy!

  20. Isn't it strange how some things happen. What an amazing story!!! So glad you are hear to tell us about it!!!!

  21. GrumpyJaxMomOf3 says:

    Great story! I am still THAT person. I will be the first one to any event just sitting there… Well when I am alone. My kids tend to make me a little more punctual or should I say fashionably late these days!

  22. Handsfullmom says:

    Wow, what a story!

  23. I Am Not Superwoman says:

    Quite the story. Wow, though gave me goosebumps. God definetly has other plans for you. Kinda scary though when you *really* think about it. Glad you didn't get the job.

  24. Amber_D says:

    I am terrified of tornadoes after this last year when I really saw with my own eyes what they can do. This story gave me chills.

  25. Wow! I bet when you learned of what happened, you were rocked to your core!

  26. Kim @ Mamas Monologues says:

    Wow! Talk about a blessing in disguise! I do believe that there is a reason everything happens in life.

  27. Help! Mama Remote... says:

    Talk about thanking God for closing a door!

  28. Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva says:

    Wow! Definitly a good thing not to get that job. Boy, what a testimony of God's watchfulness over your life.

  29. WOW! That is crazy!!! Glad you weren't there!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Hey, I know this is random, but you have the same exact name as my 18 year old daughter. I found your blog by googling your name. Small world. I like your blog being about things you are grateful for.

  31. Seems we are always in a place for a reason, we don't know it then and sometimes find out sooner than later, and sometimes never find out … I'm happy you were spared from who knows what could have happened that day. Grace of God.

  32. I remember thinking how impossible that was! And yet there it was. Crazy. I lived in Northern CA at the time. So glad u were not there. And yeah being early can def be overrated. 😉

  33. This is my first time to your blog, LOVE it!!!! Ok, let me tell you… you have such a way with words!!!! What an amazing story of being blessed even if we don't see it at that moment. "if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

  34. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says:

    Wow, what an interesting story. The job I wanted most but never got was doing marketing for a local program that trains therapy dogs. It was a cool job, and I got called back for a 2nd interview, but after that they didn't pick me. This was years ago, but I sure would've loved that job!

  35. Laura@livingabigstory says:

    WOW! No wonder Indian food didn't scare you 🙂

  36. A Randomlicious Blog for the Soul says:

    I have no words! That is wow! Isn't it weird how things work out? So glad you didn't get that job!


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