Wednesday, August 13, 2008

At 4:10 a.m., Anything Can Happen

Trap a bunch of sports enthusiasts in a room for 12 hours, starting at 5 p.m., and by the time 5 a.m. rolls around all you have is a veritable circus.

That's something I've discovered during these past five or six nights on this shift. It's not like working the graveyard shift at the TV station, which I did once upon a time. Sure, I've had my phone calls from Nightly News and MSNBC about this fact or that, but eventually the calls die down. I create spreadsheets, hit the free Starbucks in the commissary (which I've now been told I pronounce wrong because I put the accent on the SECOND syllable), and visit my best friend and Bolles alumn Casey Barrett, who writes for the Primetime show with Bob Costas, the one all of you watch at night when you see finals.

Anyhow, this is a short post and an invitation to check out this link. It's the "Beijing Welcomes You" song, which the whole room sang together, in Chinese, about 10 minutes ago. And yes, for 12 hours, these are the people that NBC counts on to provide the entire web of networks with the most accurate information for reporting on these Olympic Games.

The link:


Caroline said...
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Courtney said...

Can't wait to hear you sing in Chinese.

Susan said...

Hey Christian.... here's a question for the swimming experts...
Some of us swim moms were working on link-up and watching the mens breaststroke... our resident official pointed out that the gold medalist in the mens 100 and leader in 200 (can't remember his name)... does his dolphin kick before his underwater pull... which if we read FINA rules right is illegal... Is it?


Julia Crowley said...

I was chatting with the morning crew in your old stomping grounds and we'd love to do a phoner with you for the morning show Thursday or that possible? I am going to send an email to your bolles account with details on who to call. If you need to reach me before that my email is

Peter Baron said...

Hi there, congrats to all from Bolles. We wrote a quick post on our blog (From The Bolles School to Beijing: it's in the water
) directing folks over to read more about your experiences & accomplishments. Impressive to say the least.

Continued best of luck.