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– michael hundgen from tmz joins me with the fallout of the britney spears vma disaster.

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the funness begins tonight at seven.

it is one question that everyone has the answer to.

“Where were you when you first heard about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001? “

third period of the day during my junior year of high school was always interesting, to say the least. the class was chemistry, taught by a guy named greg garzon. mr. garzon personified the word “character.” he wasn’t your stereotypical chem teacher, one who would scurry about in a long white jacket with goggles seemingly glued to his/her eyes. but garzon did know how to befuddle his students and at times, get a little rise out of them.

seriously though, greg garzon is another blog posting.

nonetheless, that tuesday, neither the lecture nor garzon could snag my attention. when i attended class in high school, my attention-span would rarely if ever follow long, much less stay for the entire period. certainly i was no stranger to daydream-land.

but i pulled a u-turn out of there when sister joyce spoke over the loudspeaker (i went to a catholic, co-ed high school). sister announced to the school that a plane had hit the world trade center. details were still unknown, but to please keep those who have been injured and killed, as well as their families and loved ones, in our prayers. the school then recited a hail mary.

by the time i reached fifth period, the second plane had collided with the other major tower of the wtc. coincidently enough, it was history class. our teacher, mrs. bryk, allowed us to watch cbs for updates.

i’ll never forget the first time i witnessed footage of that second plane hitting. the entire scene looked surreal – straight out of a dramatic film. if only that was the case.

all of the specifics unfolded within’ the next 24 hours – the two other sites where planes crashed, the hijackings, the terrorism-connection, the intention to hit the white house.

president bush gave, in my opinion, one of his most important and influential speeches of his term that night on national television. his reassurance that america would flourish, and seek out those responsible, struck a cord with all of us – who were so desperately searching for answers.

as i watched peter jennings so eloquently deliver one of his finest newscasts (read: day-long shift) as a broadcaster, i channeled my fear, anger, anxiety, and hope through my most familiar channel.

i can officially say that it was the events on september 11th that led me to pursue an interest in creative and digital video editing. my first two videos were produced within 48 hours of the attacks. about a year later, i worked on a piece that to this day, brings about goosebumps.

it is one question that everyone has the answer to.

“Where were you when you first heard about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001? “

third period of the day during my junior year of high school was always interesting, to say the least. the class was chemistry, taught by a guy named greg garzon. mr. garzon personified the word “character.” he wasn’t your stereotypical chem teacher, one who would scurry about in a long white jacket with goggles seemingly glued to his/her eyes. but garzon did know how to befuddle his students and at times, get a little rise out of them.

seriously though, greg garzon is another blog posting.

nonetheless, that tuesday, neither the lecture nor garzon could snag my attention. when i attended class in high school, my attention-span would rarely if ever follow long, much less stay for the entire period. certainly i was no stranger to daydream-land.

but i pulled a u-turn out of there when sister joyce spoke over the loudspeaker (i went to a catholic, co-ed high school). sister announced to the school that a plane had hit the world trade center. details were still unknown, but to please keep those who have been injured and killed, as well as their families and loved ones, in our prayers. the school then recited a hail mary.

by the time i reached fifth period, the second plane had collided with the other major tower of the wtc. coincidently enough, it was history class. our teacher, mrs. bryk, allowed us to watch cbs for updates.

i’ll never forget the first time i witnessed footage of that second plane hitting. the entire scene looked surreal – straight out of a dramatic film. if only that was the case.

all of the specifics unfolded within’ the next 24 hours – the two other sites where planes crashed, the hijackings, the terrorism-connection, the intention to hit the white house.

president bush gave, in my opinion, one of his most important and influential speeches of his term that night on national television. his reassurance that america would flourish, and seek out those responsible, struck a cord with all of us – who were so desperately searching for answers.

as i watched peter jennings so eloquently deliver one of his finest newscasts (read: day-long shift) as a broadcaster, i channeled my fear, anger, anxiety, and hope through my most familiar channel.

i can officially say that it was the events on september 11th that led me to pursue an interest in creative and digital video editing. my first two videos were produced within 48 hours of the attacks. about a year later, i worked on a piece that to this day, brings about goosebumps.

so i just got back into the studios here at bht from the starbucks. drive-thru line looked a little long, and i had a few minutes to spare. inside it was.

i get in, and thankfully there’s a small line, but unfortunately, there’s a newbie taking orders.

“this is going to get fun,” i think to myself.

i proceed to the counter, “hey, iced grande coffee, non-fat, two splendas, shot of sugar-free vanilla.”

c’mon, you knew my drink at the big-bad-bucks.

“whoa, sorry man, gotta slow down, i’m new here,” the green-eared and aproned barista responded.

suddenly from the back comes a more experienced worker, who politely takes my order while showing the new guy what buttons to press on the screen.

“yeah, it’ll take you a while to get used to that,” he explains to the amateur.

like i’m some kind of weird species or something. ORDER FAST OR GO HOME!

okay, i’m calm now.

so i just got back into the studios here at bht from the starbucks. drive-thru line looked a little long, and i had a few minutes to spare. inside it was.

i get in, and thankfully there’s a small line, but unfortunately, there’s a newbie taking orders.

“this is going to get fun,” i think to myself.

i proceed to the counter, “hey, iced grande coffee, non-fat, two splendas, shot of sugar-free vanilla.”

c’mon, you knew my drink at the big-bad-bucks.

“whoa, sorry man, gotta slow down, i’m new here,” the green-eared and aproned barista responded.

suddenly from the back comes a more experienced worker, who politely takes my order while showing the new guy what buttons to press on the screen.

“yeah, it’ll take you a while to get used to that,” he explains to the amateur.

like i’m some kind of weird species or something. ORDER FAST OR GO HOME!

okay, i’m calm now.

after working many many holiday weekends, especially of the labor day variety, i could appreciate being able to have lengthened weekend off. spent it in scenic stamford, ct with the gf. i left in the wee hours of saturday morning, after hosting club bht from the woodlands. arrived at her place a little after 5a, woke-up around 9:45a to catch an 11a train to nyc. from the train to the 4 – we headed uptown to the bronx. and then we saw this.

yup, ball game over, yankees win!

from there it was downtown, times square to be exact. i was going to take pictures, but they’d be the same stereotypical tourist shots you’ve seen/snapped yourself. so i decided to just enjoy the view.

we met my mom, sis, and aunt at bubba gump shrimp, right in between the hard rock cafe and mtvizzle. the rest of the fam was in town to see the taping of ellen’s show – it aired yesterday. she had hillary clinton and usher as guests.

you wouldn’t think of a seafood place as having amazing burgers, but indeed they did. hotness i tell ya. the fried calamari was also excellent. and the wait staff is hilarious – i particularly enjoyed the quiz on the movie forrest gump before our food was served.

i also left my driver’s license in my car back at the train station. yet through smooth talking, a little sympathy, and i guess my non-boyish looks – i drank miller lite all day throughout the tri-state area.

after another subway trip, a lengthy walk through half of harlem and a train ride – we were back safe and sound in stamford after a nice day gallivanting throughout nyc.

stayed through tuesday morning, and drove right back to work as i pulled down i-81. as usual, the long weekend wasn’t long enough, but hey, i’m not complaining.

hey hey.

i know, it’s been a while. i usually don’t blog friday-sunday, and with monday being a holiday, and tuesday being catch-up day (and wednesday being catch-up from tuesday day)…

yeah, you get the idea.

last night on the show i talked about whoopi goldberg making waves on her first official show as new co-host of the view. right off the bat – whoopi causes a stir by “defending” michael vick. i’ll use quotations because she didn’t necessarily say, “i defend michael vick.” she simply said dogfighting in the south is a cultural thing that people can’t understand.

but peta responded in an appropriate fashion today, saying that whoopi needs to understand the cruelty behind the “sport,” and that isn’t a culture-thing, it’s a cruelty-thing.

touche.

whoopi did a little two-step on today’s show, clarifying yesterday’s remarks. but the damage has been done.


tomorrow on the show – r. kelly’s trial, postponed, again! michael hundgen from tmz gives us the reasons and the latest.

oh thanks for asking about my labor day weekend! it was superb. i cannot remember the last time i had a chance to do nothing but eat hot dogs, drink beer, watch baseball, and lay around all day – on a holiday or for that matter any other day. spent it with the gf… pictures to come later.

along with much more.
uno!

after working many many holiday weekends, especially of the labor day variety, i could appreciate being able to have lengthened weekend off. spent it in scenic stamford, ct with the gf. i left in the wee hours of saturday morning, after hosting club bht from the woodlands. arrived at her place a little after 5a, woke-up around 9:45a to catch an 11a train to nyc. from the train to the 4 – we headed uptown to the bronx. and then we saw this.

yup, ball game over, yankees win!

from there it was downtown, times square to be exact. i was going to take pictures, but they’d be the same stereotypical tourist shots you’ve seen/snapped yourself. so i decided to just enjoy the view.

we met my mom, sis, and aunt at bubba gump shrimp, right in between the hard rock cafe and mtvizzle. the rest of the fam was in town to see the taping of ellen’s show – it aired yesterday. she had hillary clinton and usher as guests.

you wouldn’t think of a seafood place as having amazing burgers, but indeed they did. hotness i tell ya. the fried calamari was also excellent. and the wait staff is hilarious – i particularly enjoyed the quiz on the movie forrest gump before our food was served.

i also left my driver’s license in my car back at the train station. yet through smooth talking, a little sympathy, and i guess my non-boyish looks – i drank miller lite all day throughout the tri-state area.

after another subway trip, a lengthy walk through half of harlem and a train ride – we were back safe and sound in stamford after a nice day gallivanting throughout nyc.

stayed through tuesday morning, and drove right back to work as i pulled down i-81. as usual, the long weekend wasn’t long enough, but hey, i’m not complaining.

hey hey.

i know, it’s been a while. i usually don’t blog friday-sunday, and with monday being a holiday, and tuesday being catch-up day (and wednesday being catch-up from tuesday day)…

yeah, you get the idea.

last night on the show i talked about whoopi goldberg making waves on her first official show as new co-host of the view. right off the bat – whoopi causes a stir by “defending” michael vick. i’ll use quotations because she didn’t necessarily say, “i defend michael vick.” she simply said dogfighting in the south is a cultural thing that people can’t understand.

but peta responded in an appropriate fashion today, saying that whoopi needs to understand the cruelty behind the “sport,” and that isn’t a culture-thing, it’s a cruelty-thing.

touche.

whoopi did a little two-step on today’s show, clarifying yesterday’s remarks. but the damage has been done.


tomorrow on the show – r. kelly’s trial, postponed, again! michael hundgen from tmz gives us the reasons and the latest.

oh thanks for asking about my labor day weekend! it was superb. i cannot remember the last time i had a chance to do nothing but eat hot dogs, drink beer, watch baseball, and lay around all day – on a holiday or for that matter any other day. spent it with the gf… pictures to come later.

along with much more.
uno!