This email is from a viewer complaining about my forecast on the WLBT WeatherLine (our phone line). There is a short period of time to give the forecast in detail. The time runs out in 45 seconds, similar to a voice mail. In trying to give all of the pertinent weather information before the recorder cuts me off, this viewer says I need to slow down and resign.
"I just wanted to let you know when you are on the weather line, you talk WAY too fast. Sometimes I have to call twice so that I can take everything in. When Eric and Paul are on there, they talk fast also but I can understand what they say very clear. However you talk extremely fast. Please slow it down because I've noticed that I will try to listen to the current day and the next day and if I miss a beat you will already be on the 2nd day away. I mean it in the nicest way possible, but yeah you've got to slow it down. I would much rather hear one of the guys on the weather line than you. They have you beat any way you look at it. They should be the chief meteorologist! You sound as bad as Miley Cyrus rambling on. And again I'm not being mean its just the truth. Have a nice day! Signed, Ashlee Bell"
Have you ever been told not to smile? This viewer suggested just that. No, I don't jump for joy when I mention the possibility of severe weather, but I'm a smiler and have always been. Why have a downtrodden face when there is already so much negativity in the world? My joy comes not from the weather, but from the One who controls the weather. But this viewer wants it to stop.
"I have been a WLBT fan. One thing I would suggest is that when the camera pans on you for a preview of the weather or to suggest the weather is next...while although a face with a smile is a nice thing...I would rather see a frown when the corresponding message about the weather will not be a nice one. In that it rains way too much in Miss. during the winter and spring and sometimes during the summer and in that it rains for days on end with a small break in between...I personally get soooo tired of the weather that I would rather see a frown with empathy on the face of the meteorologist. Thanks, Andre Buteau"
I've never heard of a "frown of empathy", have you?
Yes, I have alot of hair. But I've never had anyone think I was wearing anything else on my head other than my own hair. There was no way I could get my feelings hurt over this email. I actually thought it was funny.
"Hello, I see you more than anyone else on channel 3, and I was wondering, where do you get your wigs from? My girlfriend really likes your hair and wants to get one just like it, so could you tell me where you bought it and how much it cost? Thanks alot, Sam Shivers"
"Tuesday at my ladies prayer group meeting- you were the "center" of attention...we all were commenting on how lovely you always look & we CAN tell you are on a diet. Looks like it is working...keep up the good work. None of us really like the short hair cut you have- but we all think the longer hair makes you appear younger. Signed, Kay Creston"
If I ever decide to change careers and follow in my mother's footsteps and go into politics, I will be used to being accused of not being empathetic to my constituents, being talked about at prayer group meetings, and told I'm not doing a good enough job and need to resign!