First of all, thanks to Drillpress for letting me do an AMA, even though I think I'm in the running with Xeos for most random discussion topics in one post.

My first topic is broadcast TV production. I work at a local TV station that is affiliated with ABC and CBS. I've been working at the station for almost a year. I spent the first 6 months or so as an audio operator, meaning I ran the soundboard and closed captioning during the newscasts. I also did basic video editing, and I was trained as a backup studio camerawoman. Since January, I've been working as a master control operator. Basically, I keep watch over the station's technical nerve center, which isn't as glamorous as it sounds. I also am responsible for switching programs back and forth between commercial breaks. At some places this process is automated, but my station is tiny and old and going to commercial break is still switched manually here. TV is a 24-hour business, and I've worked every shift and helped with every newscast from the 5:30 a.m. morning show to the 10:00 p.m. evening news show.


My other topic is that of wild edible plants because why not. I first became interested in learning to identify and eat wild edible plants, also known as wildcrafting, because of a farmer I used to work for. I spent the first two years out of college working on vegetable farms, and the first farmer I worked for was really into wildcrafting and passed his passion on to me (we were quite close). I like wildcrafting because it gives me an excuse to get out in the woods, plus it's a cool survival skill — I'm not a prepper by any means, but I like to joke that I'd be useful during a zombie outbreak or apocalyptic situation. I also know a fair amount about wild medicinal plants — I was actually thinking about studying to become an herbalist before I got the job at the TV station last year. What can I say — I just really like useful plants.

Note: If I don't respond right away, it's because I'm at work. Things should really pick up after 4 p.m. CST when I'll be at home on my personal laptop and have my plant guidebooks handy. I probably won't close this until tomorrow (Saturday) morning, so ask away!