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Posted: Thursday, February 20th 2014 at 8:39pm

Davis' Daytona Diaries: There is great beauty, even in chaos

By Katie Davis Staff
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It was a foggy morning as we began broadcasting from the Daytona International Speedway
I have a newfound respect for my bosses/colleagues Bill Maine and Joel Williams, BJ Williams and Chris Biddy and my travel companion, Rebecca Cameron.

Those five have had to or do get up every morning at an hour Ė 4 a.m. - I didnít know existed until Thursday morning.

Just look at the photos, will you?

And to make matters even more fun, the only coffee to drink was from the night before and Rebecca didnít stumble Ė literally Ė upon it until about 7 a.m.

Bless her heart, because I was a pill.

I digress.

The morning didnít start off too well not because of the hour or the lack of caffeinated beverages, but because I decided that Thursday I would have a penchant for screwing up.

It started with my not properly recording a big interview. Then I botched the interview we did get.

And because those two people were, besides Rebecca and myself, the only two people at the track, there was no chance for redemption.

But, believe it or not, this is far from a woe-is-me tale because great lessons are learned in failure.

First, be prepared with caffeine and donít be choosy at 4 a.m. If a Coke is what is available, a Coke is what you should have.

Secondly, donít think that just because you can work the latest Apple technology that you are well-equipped to work all technology.

And finally, when things seemingly arenít going your way, take a second to look around you and marvel at what you see.

I was so busy beating myself up that it took longer than it should have taken for me to realize that I was doing my dream job in a dream atmosphere. I was on the radio live from the infield at Daytona International Speedway.

And to think, all of that happened before 9 a.m.

A newfound respect indeed.

Link: Daytona: The First 24 Hours
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