It’s pretty apparent that I forgot about my website. The last post was on September 11, 2015! (Check it out) This is the story of my life, always forgetting something. I’ve felt the urge to write, so maybe I’ll use this space that I pay for each year more often (no promises).
I do have one thing to cross off the #101in1001!
Buy a GoPro
I got one for Christmas from my parents! I haven’t really used yet. Hoping to get out this weekend and try it out. Need to get a few more accessories for it, too.
I did make a video for my friend Shel’s class at Texas A&M. I usually speak each year about being a reporter. I tried to do my best “YouTuber” impression. It’s really hard!
I won’t be sharing the video here. It wasn’t the best quality. Despite shooting and editing video for a living, I struggled HARD with putting it together.
Not my finest moment as a video journalist.
Beyond that, I’ve actually got a personal trainer and have been going twice a week for almost three months! Starting to make some pretty substantial progress, including deadlifting 275 lbs! (Check out the video here!)
It was a pretty proud moment for my trainer, Lia.
I’m working on some other stuff as summer approaches. Hope to update this more frequently!
It’s been a minute since I’ve posted here and I’m hoping to fix that. I just check the 101 in 1001 list and I’ve got some updating to do! Hope you’ll come back and see what I’ve been up to!
You can’t legislate what’s in the heart.
– A. C. Roper, Birmingham Police Chief, discussing ways to repair the relationship between law enforcement and the community.
Already starting work on my goals from The List 3.0. I started the process of moving my old 401k from a previous employer to my new job. Very thankful to the patient customer service reps at both places for walking me through the steps.
Hoping to cross this goal off the list very soon!
New Orleans is almost the halfway point between Houston and Birmingham. That means I’ll probably spend a lot more time there than I ever have before! My best friend Josh and his family drove over after Thanksgiving and I drove down to met them. Josh and I have been to New Orleans many times: my brother’s 21st birthday, his bachelor party, St. Patrick’s Day. There’s always something to do in New Orleans.
This trip, we went to the Mardi Gras float factory. It was pretty awesome! They make all the floats, store them and do work for theme parks and hotels. The company also does the Chick-fil-A cows. They didn’t have any cows when we were there (bummer), but the scale of things they did have was amazing.
Most of the creations are Styrofoam sheets glued together and sculpted by hand. Then they cover them in paper mache and paint!
It was really great getting to see Josh, Breanne and his mom, dad and brother. I couldn’t get all the way back home for Thanksgiving, so it was great to spend some time with people I consider family.
I’m proud to announce that I’ve accepted a job in Birmingham, Alambama!
I’ll be joining the WIAT 42 News team as a multi-media journalist. I’ll start there on October 27th. My last day on-air at KBTX will be October 17th.
The decision to move on from KBTX is a difficult, but I’m ready to make the next step in my career. The opportunities I’ve had with News 3 are enough for an entire lifetime in television. The friends I’ve made in Bryan/College Station have made huge impacts on my life and I’ll never forget them. The viewers in the Brazos Valley are some of the most caring, encouraging and inspiring people I’ve ever met.
I know there are great things ahead for me and the experience I’ve had in B/CS has prepared me for the next chapter.
If you want to follow my journey, follow me on twitter at @TVsMichaelOder or on Facebook.
More information about the new job in Alabama is coming.
I haven’t been this excited for something unknown in a long time!
There are a few more things I can scratch off the list.
✓ Drop 10 pounds
I actually dropped 15! The Whole30 really worked. I was leary, at first, but it changed the way I think about food. Read all about it here.
✓ No beer or alcohol for 31 days
This was part of the Whole30 cleanse. I thought it would be harder. There were times when I definitely wanted a beer, but I’m glad I stayed strong and got through it.
✓ Build a resume tape
I finally put one together! It was a nightmare going through all of my old work. I’m my biggest critic. There’s some good stuff there, though. Every reporter and anchor has a tape. It doesn’t mean anything specific. Just good to have, in case of emergencies.