January 29, 2006

day one







(this was written Friday night - I still haven't found a way to access internet outside of work, but I can write and save on a mini-firewire and then post it from here... so that's the plan for now)...

wow, what a crazy day.

I'm in Torino Italy to begin my assignment for NBC at the Olympics. We landed in a snowstorm. I dunno if it was a blind landing or not for the pilots, but looking at the first pic above shows you all that we could see as we landed. We landed at 8:30 and they cancelled incoming flights from 9am to Midnight. But being here with snow covered fields and trees only seems appropriate when here for the Winter Olympics. I wonder if it skews my perceptions since every Italian seems to make a point of how long its been since it snowed here...

We bussed from Milan to Torino (ugh, 3-4 hours cause of the snow - at least I finally got some sleep). We landed at a warehouse we they gave us this huge bag of stuff. NBC/Nike gear like winter coats, ski pants, shirts, goretex undershirts, tights, gloves - the whole shebang. Do they know that I'm going to be working in front of a computer for 12 hours a day? Then off to another center for our official credentials. And finally to Riberi Media village - my home for the next month.

Riberi is a former military hospital that they've obviously recently converted. Room are small and basic (twin ikea bed with wardrobe, no curtains, etc) but I think I lucked out with a pretty sweet corner room in the back of the place. My windows look out on this cool old church that's always lit up. I went and bought a phone card and tried for a few hours to dial up to the internet - no luck. I tried everything I could think of. Nope. Nada. I finally crashed for some much needed sleep.

I woke up around 10 or so, unpacked and rearranged the room (shut up), and then decided I was desperate for a diet coke (I tried several times earlier for one - no coins for the machine, cash register is closed, etc - ugh), but figured I'd make my first stop the "bar" in the media village before venturing out. A couple hours and a couple beers later, I ventured home after conversation at the bar with my new friends Andy the engineer from NC, and our Italian bartender whose name I have forgotten and who can't get over the fact that we tip him for beers. And now out on my windowsill rest two treasured diet cokes...

2 comments:

langolier said...

Nobody ever gave me a hug bag. Wonder what that is?

But..... like an arrow through the heart!
Diet Coke?!?!

Doesn't he remember that Diet Dr. Pepper is the official drink of the Berry family?

jon said...

oops.... guess I didnt proofread so well! hey - I cant even find my preferred diet pepsi, so I'm thrilled with coca-cola light!