I drink more coffee before 5 a.m. than most people drink all day! OK, maybe not, but sometimes it physically hurts when that alarm clock goes off at 2:30 a.m.
However, once I arrive at KSAT, it's a different world.
I wouldn't call it a "show" because to me, that would imply that it's all an act. We really do all get along and we feed off each other's energy.
Detective Robert Dart and I still have to put in a full 40 hours at the San Antonio Police Department. But when our schedules do permit, we do hang out together.
The GMSA team is like an extension of my family -- we just don't look anything alike. What you don't see behind the scenes are the jokes and pranks that help pass the time quickly.
It really is a blast working at KSAT, and don't tell my boss, but most of the time, it doesn't seem like work. It seems like I get up early to go hang out with some friends before I go to work at the SAPD Training Academy.
With Facebook and Twitter, we also get real-time feed back from our viewers. During the show, we frequently answer questions from our viewers who are telling us about traffic issues and accidents. It's a great feeling knowing that what we do helps people everyday and make it to their destination safely. At KSAT, we have an opportunity to help you before you are even aware there could be something that will affect your morning commute. As police officers, we have the experience of handling accidents and the knowledge of knowing the layout of the land. Of course, being from San Antonio, all the support of my family and friends are an added bonus.
I still remember my first day, Nov. 6, 2006. Everyone at KSAT was very welcoming and helpful. It's still like that today. Whenever there is a technical issue or maybe it's just hectic, everyone pulls together and helps each other out to bring you San Antonio's No. 1 morning news.
Words cannot describe how appreciative I am to how receptive San Antonio has been to both Robert and myself being a part of this awesome morning team. As SAPD officers, we are familiar with helping citizens in difficult situations. KSAT provides a slightly different way of helping people everyday. I never would have guessed I would be working at KSAT when I graduated from the Police Academy in 1996.
I cannot thank you, the viewer, enough for watching and supporting GMSA. Thank you for allowing us into your home every morning and waking up with us. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this great team.