My mad run cross country, held up by copious amounts of Afrin, Sudafed, throat spray, asperin, Woodford Reserve, Red Bull and beer is over. I’d gripe about grim hotel bathrooms and sleeping on airport floors but instead want to thank all the people who had it a lot worse than me–who cheerfully drove for hours, stood out in the heat and sun, lined up in sweaty theater lobbies, got stacked into bookstores with struggling air conditioning, were herded into lines–and then flung in the general direction of yours truly –all for a blurry photo and a hurried signature.
I hope I spelled your name right.
I hope that in my exhausted, post-gig, flash-addled and punch-drunk fugue state, I managed a smile–that I looked you in the eyes, that I said something remotely engaging–something grateful. If you feel like you ponied up, stood around for hours–and were then processed through the production line like a bad sandwich, I’m truly sorry. I did my best.
I remember a lot of your stories–some of them quite remarkable, some incredibly painful, coincidental, tragic, inspiring–and all conveyed in seconds. Thank you.
For the liquor, the T-shirts, the CD’s, pastries, books, the well-timed beers, the chocolates, the homemade preserves, and even the crazy-ass stuff that scared me a little. For buying a whole helluva lot of books. You know who you are.
New episodes start…Monday. The kick-off episode in the Grenadines is something I’ve written about before. Envisioned as a reward for a whole bunch of cold climate shows, it morphed into something…else. It’s an unusual looking show (which makes me happy) and the debut of some new equipment (the Canon 7D still camera), which on video mode, allowed our shooters to do a lot of very wacky, really great-looking stuff that we wouldn’t have been able to do only a few weeks earlier.
Truthfully, it’s often something as simple as a new piece of equipment–the fact that you can shoot awesome, film-quality video footage on a small camera that looks like–well…every other still camera–that inspires me to go forward (I have no affiliation with Canon, I should point out. And neither I, nor anyone I know has recieved anything of value or any consideration at all from them. I just really like what this thing allows us to do). The possibilities of new technology. If we can make a show this weird looking and sounding in the Caribbean–what can we do elsewhere? It’s worth finding out.
Whatever “worked” last week–whatever it was you liked (or didn’t like)?
Let’s try something else.
If it causes fear and confusion when they see it at the network? It’s a good day at the office.