Friday, June 08, 2007

Three hour tour

I wouldn't say tour. Tour defined by Google is "a journey or route all the way around a particular place or area." It only took me 45 minutes to get to Annapolis yesterday morning. It took me three hours to get home. I am not embellishing at all.

I went to shoot the change of command ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy. Pictured is the outgoing superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy Rodney P. Rempt, left, and new Vice Admiral Jeffrey L. Fowler. Rempt stated his retirement during the ceremony marking Fowler as the 60th superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

It was a cut and dry assignment, but there was something about today that didn't start off right. It may have been when I parked in town Annapolis only to find out that there was media parking at the gate. Oh, well what is five bucks?

If it wasn't that, it was that media had to be in place by 12:15PM even though the ceremony didn't start until 1PM.

OK, so I am being a little bitter. The assignment rolls by and I am out by 2:30PM. I head to my car in the blistering heat (easily the hottest day of the year thus far) to edit and transmit. Done and done. Going so smooth I think to myself that things are clearing up for having a rough morning.

Wrong. It took me a painstakingly three hours to get home from Annapolis. Mind you I hadn't eaten anything since I left in the AM. I tried every which way to get home and it seemed as if the traffic was everywhere. I never made it to the weekly dinner with my grandmother. I opted for Burger King instead.

On the bright side I got to shoot today and I am now home with a belly full of food.

edit: I realized my title is fitting. Three hour tour, Gilligan's Island, Navy, maybe a hint of getting lost...


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