Today is both an extraordinarily exciting and a strikingly sad day.
One of my very best friends and favorite co-workers, Marisa, just landed her dream job as a weekend sports anchor and reporter for a local station in good ol' Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Today is her last day at work. I am so unbelievably proud of her for following her dream, excited for the adventure she has ahead, and selfishly sad to see her go.
|Marisa and I in the edit bay at work.|
I met Marisa even before we worked together in the press box at an Oakland Raiders game. At the time, I was just an intern at the local ABC affiliate, and she was a field producer for NBC. The second I saw her, I knew she was someone I would enjoy talking to. And the second she opened her mouth, I hoped that some day we would be friends. I never imagined I would get so lucky a few years down the road...
Marisa walked through the doors of Comcast Sportsnet about 2 years ago, and I instantly remembered her warm smile. Once we started talking that day, it was the beginning of a friendship that I know will last a lifetime.
|Marisa and I at an Oakland A's game celebrating the finale of our show "All A's"|
I'm sad that I won't get to see her smiling face at work every day. She brings treats for us when we work together, I talk to her about everything, and she is always positive. Marisa is literally one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. I'm so grateful to even know her.
I wish Marisa all the luck in the world as she embarks on her new journey in the land of the hodags (that's her new town's mascot...amazing right?). I know she'll do big things!
|Marisa, Kelly, me at my birthday party this summer|
For me, this just means more time on Skype, more snail mail, and a constant lookout for cheap flights to Rhinelander. All these things I can do.
It's only a coincidence that I have always called her "miss Marisa" because now I will very literally miss Marisa.