I’ll be in Montana all week. My colleague Josh Tapper and I are reporting and shooting video of older adults living independently in rural areas. Josh and I spent Monday and Tuesday with Sue and Bob Cushman on their 60-acre property in Condon, Montana. They’ve lived there for over 20 years. Among other things, we watched as Sue, 79, used her chainsaw to fell a 30-foot tree for firewood to heat their home.
On Monday, Sue gave us a tour of the property. She regularly walks the property, and I’ll admit I struggled to keep up with her as she zipped through the woods, hopping creeks and naming off every tree, bird and critter we saw. (Photo by Josh Tapper)
Bob, who is 80, is a retired nuclear engineer. He was at the first test of the H-bomb at Los Alamos. They’ve had quite a life and it looks like they’re not planning on stopping soon.
The News21 site will go live sometime in July. There you’ll be able to view the finished product.
The rain cut short my Sunday picnic, but we wandered and found the John Lennon Memorial. I’m going to miss New York City. Everything is here.
I jetted home last week for a quick visit. While there, I hung out in the menagerie.
This is Bond.
They live here.
I live(d?) there.
Got some hot dogs with Jeremy.
Dan’s a vinyl man.
Stylin’ in the 49546.
Dad’s new board quickly dwarfed the excitement of my graduation.
Now I’m back in NYC. I’m one week deep into my News21 fellowship. I’ll be working on several story packages related to aging in America. Stay tuned for more on that.
So it’s official. I’m done with J-school. Mom and Dad got in to the city and we’ve been hanging out and seeing some sights. We took the cruise out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on Sunday.
My sister, Clare, is finishing up finals at Cornell, so they scrambled to figure out their camera phones to share the experience.
Figured it out.
Took this one for Grandma. Probably should have shaved … a month ago.
Then we headed off to Ellis Island. I would highly recommend a visit. It really puts a lot of things in perspective. We are a nation built entirely on immigrants.
I took a trip out to Brownsville today to shoot some video for my Covering Education class. I shot this on the drive back.
I’m so close to graduating. I can taste it.
Today, I did this:
Several J-school friends and I went to a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Strictly no cameras in the studio so an awning shot will have to suffice.
The man is really good at his job. He did the whole show in one take. It must have been an hour at most. I’m glad I went. It was on my NYC to-do list and now it’s not.
But mostly, I do this:
This is my workspace during a late night video editing session. My partner, Evan, and I have two more weeks to put the finishing touches on our 20-minute documentary on 9/11 truthers. Stay tuned!
Bonus pic: Berg’s cool glasses. Taken in line for the Daily Show.
The Columbia Journalism School Career Fair was today. I spent all day hopping from table to table at the ringing of a bell. It was exactly what I imagine speed dating is like. I met some interesting people and had some good conversations. I’d call it a success.
After the fair, Fred and I rode up Riverside Avenue to see what The Cloisters was all about. The Cloisters is the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of the European Middle Ages. It’s in Fort Tryon Park near the northern tip of Manhattan on a hill overlooking the Hudson River.
It was closed. So we wandered around outside.
Fred was cold.
Great view of Harlem. Cool.
Bonus Shot: The Riverside Church of New York. 122nd and Riverside Ave. I snapped this on the ride back.