Editors Note:

EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Twitter in the Wind

Ophelia TreeAnna, Bill, Claudette - I lay low for a single weekend and the Tropics start hurling Caucasian names toward the East Coast. Here we go again! But now that we're blathering like never before, I wonder just what it will be like when a certified hurricane does slam into the social media landscape. I wonder, if it would go something... like ... this:

Took some convincing but the bosses said I could go! Bags packed, camera wrapped, tank topped off, cooler full of granola & Gatorade. Hurricane Leo here I come!
20 hours ago from TwitterFon

Last twenty miles took forever! HUGE line of campers headed other way! Wimps! Cops almost didn’t let me on island. Weather’s really getting lousy. WTF?
17 hours ago from TwitterFon

Arrived at hotel. Six sat trucks already here! Lady @ desk says power about to be turned off. So? I’m here for adventure! Now where are those Granola bars?
16 hours ago from TwitterFon

Shirtless guys boarding up trinket shops. Agreed to be interviewed but couldn’t understand what they were saying. Something about ‘kegger at the double-wide’.
13 hours ago from TwitterFon

Station keeps calling. Wants live shots ‘round the clock. Reporter doesn’t wanna get wet. Took her umbrella. Guys in parking lot sharing cigarette. Hmmm.
12 hours ago from TwitterFon

Just interviewed surfer live. Dude was whacked! Repeated same live shot nine times! Station wants ‘more movement’. WTF? Gonna run out for some grub!
11 hours ago from TwitterFon

Nothing open on whole island. Locals flipped me off. Storm to come on shore soon Cops chased me off. More sat trucks @ hotel now. Bring on the ‘nola!
10 hours ago from TwitterFon

Winds picking up. Saw a trash can fly! Going live from 3rd floor balcony. Gear all over my bed. Sat truck guys sure curse a lot. Is that Anderson Cooper?
8 hours ago from TwitterFon

Storm’s here. Lobby full of crews. Big blob on lens from built up moisture. Rash on ass. Station wants reporter ‘out in it’. Saw her pass a tape to CBS worm.
7 hours ago from TwitterFon

4 hours to sleep til next live shot. Room HOT & HUMID! . Stomach seized up from granola. Hotel totally pitch black. Took dump in ice bucket. Is that wrong?
5 hours ago from TwitterFon

Still raining sideways. Dozed off but overnight producer kept paging. Wants reporter on the beach. Says other stations doing it. Watched light poles bend. Whatever.
54 minutes ago from TwitterFon

Reporter wiped out in surf. Still missing. Station sending back-up talent. Camera starting to frizzle. Should a brought more socks. Another granola bar, I’ll shit an oak tree.
16 minutes ago from TwitterFon

Sat truck died. Operator locked in room. Cantore outside high-fiving Weather Channel crew. EFF THIS! Wading into angry ocean. Mom was right. Should've gone to film school...
3 minutes ago from TwitterFon


turdpolisher said...

sounds like you've been there before.

looking like we may get wet next week. let's hope we don't run into each other at the next sandbag party.

sitbonzo said...

sounds like fun. Well, maybee not the ice bucket bit. Can I come too! beats the hell out of another crap assignment my side of the pond!!

good luck.

Douglas Kiesling, The Weather Paparazzi said...

You forgot one.

Debris flying sideways, inside having nola while freelancers are out driving around shooting b-roll.