“How’s the audio?”
I asked this of my friend holding an Iphone on the beach at Tybee. Brad had activated the phone’s HD video function, after I’d badgered him into shooting a “suspicious package” segment near the island’s south jetty.
“Beats me. I can’t hear it,” came the answer. “But I’ve got a picture.” Brad is an IT guy, not a news photographer. There was a sea breeze on the beach. We took our chances, audio-wise. We paid. Well, no. The viewer paid.
I’m still not sure why I wrote and performed (and asked Brad to shoot) a segment while on vacation. It probably has to do with the fact that I’m such a fan of David Ries, the producer of WXIA’s Sunday 9am newscast. He seems to value the segment somewhat. I have trouble saying “no” to him, when he asks if he’s getting a Suspicious Package.
But I don’t know whether he valued this piece, which is here for you to heckle. I’m not even sure it actually aired. I was on vacation.Vodpod videos no longer available.
July was a good month. I spent a majority of it on vacation. I even got paid to run the Peachtree July 4. Among the month’s highlights:
- Jez, Clint, Tally, Brad, Everett, Nathan, Sara, Laura, Isabel, Tiger, Tara, Nancy, Mohi, Judy, Finn, Chris;
- Looking at the stars at Mom’s high desert RV park in Aguanga, CA;
- Finally watching my sister, a career public defender, handle a whole calendar of cases in front of a judge in LA;
- Introducing Clint to passengers on the ATL to LA plane, and handing out ear plugs (which they didn’t need, it turned out);
- Hearing the wife’s stories from Comic Con;
- The 1am power outage at Benny’s, a Tybee bar which claims to serve “the coldest beer in America”;
- Watching Kathleen’s karaoke performance of “I Touch Myself” at Benny’s; watching Brad perform Buck Owens’ “Act Naturally,” and my attempt at “Jackson” with “Sumpbroke Sally,” former country radio host.
- Reading the LA Times, which is still a quality newspaper;
- Hearing, secondhand, that there were lots of meetings this month at work. Regrettably, I missed nearly all of them.
So now, I’m supposed to approach my job with renewed vigor. Here goes.