Early morning start at 5:30am, breakfast and GO!
We drive through DC and see the beautiful and unarguably impressive architecture of the nations capitol. It’s a beautiful place, early in the morning; dawn sun on marble. I kick off work with some phone interviews on the way to our first stop. Im not a coffee drinker, so my head was a little wooly for the first couple, but soon I fell into my groove. We keep driving, out of DC and into Maryland, where we are heading to see Elliot Segal and his Morning radio show.
I’m still half asleep while Rodene takes portrait pictures of me in the lobby. The only way she’ll ever be able to use these will be to show the “before” pictures for 5 hour energy drink commercials!
Elliot in the Morning Radio show was great. Love the guys who run it. Very cheeky, good fun. Elliot ropes Rodene into the chat, asking her about her “liaison” with the New York Knicks in the gym the other day. Ro blushing as she explains what happened. She won’t ever live that down. Trust me; I won’t let her! Elliot and me laughing. Went on to talk about Hollyweird, computer games and Elliot not thinking I am coming back to his show now that I am a “big shot Hollywood director.” I know he knows better, but he likes to tease. I WILL be back, Elliot! Trust me! Great show.
Went from that high energy fun to a very thoughtful and probing interview with the AP. Always get nervous when family stuff comes up. Think I parried my way through most of it. Still… we had a good talk about the film and the interviewer seemed to have really enjoyed it. Good vibe.
More interviews in the car as we went to the third and final radio show. Its funny; one of the phone interviews was with someone I had met the other night at the DC screening, but I kind of froze up then… felt much more comfortable on the phone. Don’t know what happened. You never know when nerves are going to kick in. Weirdest thing.
Just as I finished my phoners, we pulled in to Sirius XM and stopped by to visit Dave Ziemer who runs a terrific movie soundtrack show. Good to talk to him again after having spoken to him about Moon 2 years earlier. Rodene was sitting on the floor in the sound booth with us, and I think our silky smooth radio voices put her to sleep! Fortunately she didn’t snore… much. ;)
More phoners in the car back to the hotel. More DC architecture. Rodene “oooed” and “ahhed” over the size of the Washington monument. Joked that its so old its probably held up with Viagra. I try…
More phoners in the hotel bedroom, a very quick, half-eaten lunch and then a trip to the incredibly cool hotel “chimney” room for three final one on one interviews. Now I’m the one “ooing” and “ahhing!” This room is amazing! It is a refitted 130 foot tall smokestack from back in the day that is now used for private dinner meetings and interviews, apparently. Unique… and Im so busy doing interviews, I forget to get Ro to leave the room and come take some pictures!
I’m in the dog house… probably the most visually interesting place we have been, and Rodene missed it! Hopefully I can make it up to her in Atlanta. Time has been the enemy all along though, and at the end of the interviews, I’m literally running to grab our suitcases out of the room and head to the airport.
Delta to Atlanta was lovely. I slept like a baby! And then a very weird but cool meet and greet at the plane door by Delta’s own special customer service people! They escort Ro and I straight to a van, get our bags while we are parked outside the back of the plane, and then take us straight to our waiting car without our ever having to go in the airport! Really cool, after I was calmed down and convinced that I wasn’t about to be deported.
Atlanta is great! Warm, lovely people and Ro was thrilled to see all her old staples… Target, H&M and Ikea. She felt like she was back home. All was right with the world!
Intro’d the film to the audience, and then went window shopping with Ro. I even agreed to go into the dreaded H&M. That is not a store designed for men. My penance for not getting her to come see the cool smokestack room in DC!
Grabbed a pizza while we waited for the screening to finish. Finally, was show time, and got started on our Q&A with the lovely chap from Chud.com. It was good to finally be able to talk to an audience about the film. We had done one Q&A in Austin, but that was such a big night, and there was so much going on, it was a little difficult to maintain focus. Tonight was different. Good questions and I was able to try and give the kind of answers I would have wanted if I were in the crowd. I think its fair to say, this was my first, proper Source Code Q&A. It felt good to check that paticular box!
Back to the hotel afterwards for some onion soup and some chocolate coke cola cake! Yes.. in Atlanta chocolate cake is not sweet enough. It needs cola in it for that extra sweet kick!
No rest for the wicked. Write blog, head to bed and get ready for it all to start again tomorrow! Press all morning and a flight to Arizona awaits! Woohaa!