Friday, November 24, 2006

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Kudos to Sheryn for finding a summary and pics of Anderson's visit to SMU. You can read the full summary HERE but below is one of the questions I found interesting.

What journalists did you look up to as you were coming up through the business?

I grew up watching Dan Rather, Bill Moyers, and Ted Koppel.

I went to high school with Tom Brokaw’s kids. In 1991 when the U.S. was restoring Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power in Haiti, two days before the invasion I took a bus from the Dominican Republic to Haiti. On the bus was Tom Brokaw with a bunch of thugs for security. It was the weirdest bus ride. I was working for Channel One and I was by myself. I’d left my producer back at the border because he was dehydrated.

We arrived in Port-au-Prince at midnight. We can hear gunfire in the background. When the bus stops, the bus driver throws my suitcase off the top of the bus and it lands in a pile of human excrement. Brokaw has a car waiting there. When he asks where I am staying. I replied with my voice cracking, “I don’t know. I really have no idea what I am going to do,” thinking I know his kids and he’ll say “No problem, we have extra rooms at the big fancy hotel where we’re staying. Come and stay with us.”

Instead he says, “Well, I’m sure you’ll figure it out.”

In retrospect, I’m glad he said that. I did figure it out.


"I'm sure you'll figure it out"?! A lot of people would think..."WTF?! You aren't going to help me at all?" But not Anderson. He seems to have this independent spirit where he doesn't depend on anybody but himself to get things done. He turned lemons into lemonade by making this a learning experience instead of giving up and going home or begging Tommy boy for some help. I'm sure learning experiences such as this have helped him deal with obstacles in other danger zones.

Tis the Season...

How many of you went shopping today? Me?! Every black Friday I stay far, far away from any retail store. The post office was the extent of my venturing out today. Although, I have been doing a little cyber shopping this week. On my last trip, I ripped my backpack and decided to ask for a new one for Christmas. I didn't know shopping for a backpack could be so complicated. What size? What color? Do I need wheels? How much does it weigh? Is it too big to be a carry-on?

Well, I still haven't found a new backpack for me but I did find a new duffle bag for Anderson. After seeing the pathetic looking bag he took to Lebanon I thought he needed to get a new one. The one I found for him is called the "Load Warrior" from Eagle Creek and it is small enough to be a carry-on and it has wheels. Anderson has admitted in the past to having back problems so being able to pull his duffle bag behind him would definitely save his back and would be a much more attractive piece of luggage to carry around since he seems partial to duffles.









17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid I did purchase a present for myself today albeit long overdue. I found the paper shredder of my dreams and was even told by the sales person that it was listed on "Oprah's Favorite Things".

Check out the Staples "Mailmate" as a tool to shred all of those blank checks sent by the credit card companies.

cactuskid said...

Ouch!! My back hurts just looking at that picture! Why does he do that to himself?! And looks like he has a backpack strapped on. I like the "Load Warrior". My first piece of rolling luggage came about when I was going to see my brother In D.C. and he said we were going back to his place from the airport on the subway. All I had was the "old" hand carrying luggage. So I went out and bought my first rolling luggage. As it turned out, my brother picked me up on his car and didn't use the subway afterall! Have to say the rolling luggage was the best investment that I have ever spent and so glad I did it! On another note, I don't shop the day after Thanksgiving. It makes me feel claustrophobic!!!!

Quitty said...

@cactuskid..And looks like he has a backpack strapped on. It looks like all of them have on the same backpack which makes me think it is a parachute!

Anonymous said...

I don't shop after Thankgiving. Crowds like that make me nervous.

Thanks for the new article. How you ladies find these things amaze me. It was nice to read a new article about him and seems like he talked on different subjects than he had in the past. I didn't realize he had back problems. I wonder how he does keep going with that kind of pain or discomfort.

Anonymous said...

we ventured to lowe's around 7 last night to get shower curtains. we figured it would be safer to go there as opposed to say, target or k-mart. the place was pretty empty; the cashier told us we'd just missed the rush.

i bought my first piece of rolly luggage in grad school. i needed something a little more than a backpack to cart all that crap to and from class. it's come in very handy since (it's small enough to be a carry-on). rolly bags good!

xtina said...

Anderson can afford serious luggage, Hartman or TravelPro- no wait he never wants to grow up and have big boys' luggage!

Phebe said...

I had so much fun shopping yesterday. I lasted 9 hours before collapsing in a heap of packages. We got to Target at 5:30 and were greeted by a line of about 200 people. Stood in line to check out at Kohls for 45 minutes and breezed through Bath & Body Works, Costco and Michaels, Nordstroms and Linens and Things. The best part of the day was spending it with my daughter.

About the picture. Since he always seems to wear the same shirt and jeans what the hell is in the bag?
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.

Quitty said...

@xtina Thanks for the 2 other luggage companies. Hartmann has some cool stuff and I see a perfect duffle for Anderson on the TravelPro website. You are right. Thank would be "growing up" to upgrade from a duffle bag.

@phebe...I'm guessing camera equipment and computer equipment are in the bag padded by the layers he isn't wearing like his North Face jacket.

Cooper1 said...

Hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday! I remember the “360” you mentioned Quitty. As a former aerobics instructor I know that the best non-surgical treatment for a herniated disc is physical therapy: exercise and stretching. Major strengthening of the upper body: lats and abdominals is the key, but is doesn’t hurt to have strong quads. I am sure Anderson has the best physical trainer money can buy, but if he doesn’t exercise religiously (I think I read somewhere that he hates to exercise) it won’t help. If he does have a herniated disc I wonder how he tolerates all those extended plane rides. I don’t know how serious his condition is, but he must experience some severe sciatica during those trips. Unfortunately, backpacks can only aggravate this condition.

Pemberly said...

I was also wondering what was in the bag. It looked pretty heavy so there might be some equipment in there, along with clothes and other necessities.

The "thing" everyone is wearing could be some sort of flotation device. Did anyone else notice that Anderson seems to be the only one with any luggage?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for finding this article. It was really interesting and you are all amazing at your ability to find things. I marvel at that and thanks!

xtina said...

maybe he doesn't want his PVC (personal video camera) and laptop to be carried by anyone but him, that duffel doesn't look right for those, but that's Anderson

Anonymous said...

My view is that the duffle contains notebooks, his Ipod, bottled water, power bars some other tee shirts, clean socks and a pen or two. Just a guess on my part. As for the video camera he usually carries that so he can be ready to tape at a moments notice.

xtina said...

That picture makes my back hurt just looking at it. I have same thing Anderson does, two lumbar disks off alignment. He needs to just say no to lifting and yes to wheels.

lori said...

What a fun post! Yeah, that duffle bag looks like what my husband used to schlep to hockey practice at 5 a.m. in 1978. Anderson, splurge on the "Load Warrior"! (or at least visit travelpro.com) My globe-trotting husband swears by his. Think there are cans of tuna and Power Bars in there?

@phebe: 9 HOURS? OMG, child! Retail therapy or shopping hell? I applaud your tenacity! Truthfully...I'm booking next flight to AZ to shop with you!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, no one mentioned any unmentionables in that duffle bag. Are you saying he doesn't wear any?

Phebe? Would you turn the air conditiong up a little? It's getting hot in here!

Happy Anniversary! I love this site and never miss checking in to see what's going on! Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

I thought your luggage backpack Christmas gift was a great idea. If he has admitted to back problems, you would think he would get rid of his 1970's wallet he puts on his desk. Have you ever seen a hot looking man with a 12 inch wallet?

Anderson, if you are reading would you please go down to Lord & Taylor and purchase yourself a Kenneth Cole front pocket wallet and toss that old one in the trash? Please, maybe this could be one of your New Year's Resolutions for the chiropractors of the world!