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September 2014

On the road again

Every so often, I enjoy looking back at where I've traveled for client projects. It's always surprises me how many cities I've visited, interesting people I've met and projects I've worked on in the past year.

I'm often asked if we film productions outside the Metro Atlanta area. I can answer that question with a definitive 'yes!' In fact, most of our gear lives in hard-side travel cases, so whether we're traveling across town or across the country, it arrives safely and ready for action.

Though we rarely work outside the USA (Hamilton, Bermuda is my only non-US city this year), I have a Passport and more importantly, a TSA Precheck number to skip those pesky security lines.

Forrester Media Travel Map 2014
Each red pin indicates a city we have visited for a shoot in the past year.

I enjoy travel - despite the occasional hiccup encountered some days. You could even say travel is in my blood. In my corporate life, I worked for Amtrak. That job involved a lot of travel - primarily between New York City, Washington, DC and Miami, FL.

It's not quite the same hectic travel schedule today, but early 2014 had me racking up a dozen Delta flights (24 segments) in a four month time frame. I'll mention that Bermuda in February is not a bad destination!

Now that Labor Day 2014 is behind us, travel is once again right around the corner. See you at the airport!


A look back at Hurricane Katrina

It's been nine years since Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the Mississippi and Louisiana coastlines. I was covering the hurricane for The Weather Channel when it made landfall. We made our way to downtown Gulfport, MS and stayed there for three days covering aftermath. As soon as I was finished helping The Weather Channel, National Geographic asked me to shoot for them for another week.

By the time I completed that assignment, I knew many of the Emergency Management officials in Gulfport and they offered the chance to ride along with a survey team which would fly from Biloxi to Waveland, MS to look at beach erosion along the coast. I gladly accepted the offer.

The video below is a part of that flight - starting out at Biloxi and ending just past downtown Gulfport. I omitted the audio since the only noise was that of the helicopter rotors. Everyone else was wearing headsets!

Watching this video nine years later bring back a lot of not so good memories of the destruction, loss of life and heart wrenching emotion I witnessed as residents returned to find their homes gone - sometimes wiped clean to the concrete foundation.

After watching the video, please remember that when an evacuation is ordered, there's a reason for it. It's better to be safe than lose your loved ones over the inconvenience the evacuation may cause.

Fortunately, we haven't had a storm like Katrina in the past few years - and here's hoping it stays that way the remainder of this hurricane season.