Eating On The Road

rsz_imag2105I’ve been living in a hotel the past week. I’m home tonight but back in the hotel next week. It’s a very nice hotel. Accommodations were great.

It’s not home. It’s just not.

Helaine sent me on my way with bagels, bananas and a huge container of fresh fruit salad. That helped. It’s not home cooking.

One of the biggest problems of life on-the-road is eating well. The temptation is fast food. Most fast food is caloric suicide.

I headed to the grocery store instead. Thursday night Connie at Von’s made me a hot chicken breast sandwich on sourdough with artichokes, fresh mozz, lettuce and tomatoes.

Oh my!

I went back tonight and added a cup of soup. I couldn’t stay away.

A sandwich isn’t my best choice, but it beats most alternatives. It’s so easy to eat poorly.

About Charlie Hebdo, Briefly

If an American magazine made similar ‘jokes’ about Jews or Christians or black people we’d be up in arms. However, in a free society we allow people to say stupid and hurtful things. I like it that way.

charlie-hebdo-s-est-deja-attire-les-foudresWhat a godawful tragedy in Paris. Horrible.

And to justify murder by saying you’re defending God? Seriously, isn’t God capable of dealing with this on her own?

Charlie Hedbo has been called a satire magazine. Maybe so. One man’s satire is another man’s hate speech. Some of their cartoons were definitely hateful, others patently racist.

If an American magazine made similar ‘jokes’ about Jews or Christians or black people we’d be up in arms. However, in a free society we allow people to say stupid and hurtful things. I like it that way.

Free speech has limits. You can’t yell “Fire” in a crowded movie theater. Most everything else is OK.

I wish Charlie Hebdo hadn’t tweaked the Muslim community as they did. Some of their satire was mean spirited. That was their choice. It is a right afforded to all in France, as it is in the US. It doesn’t come close to justifying what happened in Paris yesterday.

To radical Islamists, non-believers are infidels. Asking them to respect the beliefs of others is a non-starter. Reasoning isn’t an effective strategy. I don’t know what is.

Free speech isn’t needed to protect popular ideas. Free speech is there for the outliers. Even if I found some of Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons offensive (and I did), I still defend their right to publish them.

This is all so senseless. What has been accomplished? When will it end?

Je suis Charlie.

Me And My Green Wall

The taped box on the floor is where I would stand if I didn’t pace back-and-forth toward the camera. The fact I touch the wall has driven many engineers and directors a little crazy.

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I’m working out of KMIR’s Palm Desert studio while I wait for mine to be built. Tonight, our floor director/camera op Steve took a few shots while I was on-the-air.

In case you don’t know, TV weather is usually done using chroma key. I stand before a blank green wall. The maps are inserted digitally.

The taped box on the floor is where I would stand if I didn’t pace back-and-forth toward the camera. The fact I touch the IMAG2083wall has driven many engineers and directors a little crazy.

The only way to know where I’m pointing is through a few strategically placed monitors. There are no reference points on the green wall.

I never see myself like this. It does look weird.

Back At Work

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I’m back in Palm Springs. Gino and Janet at 5 and 6. Gino solo at 9 and 11. Excellent. Good company.

I’m here while Helaine wrangles the electrician tomorrow. Sockets are being added and removed. Studio lights and a large digital clock are being hung.

My phone is by the bed.

IMAG2065The boss wanted my hair shorter. Fine. Joseph does a lot of TV people in LA and spends weekends in Palm Springs. Looks good… and short.

I’m in a nice hotel near the Indian Wells “Tennis Garden.” My room for the week is really a small one bedroom apartment. They call it a suite. Not home. It makes my stay much easier.

Quiet right now. Peacefully so. TV off. We’ll see how long I can take the lack of stimulation.

My place has a giant balcony with a mediocre view of an interior courtyard. It’s better than that sentence makes it sound. 77 tomorrow! I’ll open the door and let the fresh air in.

I assume a few of you are Coachella Valley residents who Googled my name, found my site and started reading.

Hi!

You live in a wonderful area. It’s beautiful here. Even the summer.

I’m Geoff. This is my blog, a fairly detailed retelling of my life since July 4, 2003. There’s a new entry nearly every day.

I’m on Facebook and Twitter and respond to comments. I like forecasting the weather and talking about it on TV.

All weather forecasters are reasonably accurate nowadays. I make no claim to have the highest accuracy. My strength is explaining the weather in a way that leaves you understanding what’s to come while enjoying yourself.

I am loose on-the-air and often ‘break the fourth wall.’ Call me enthusiastic.

Find me weeknights at 5,6,9 and 11 on KMIR and KPSE. My wife and daughter will appreciate it.

Just In Case You Want To Watch

kmir news logoMy first day on KMIR was Thursday. I purposely kept the streaming link to myself. Who knew how the first shows would go? Now that I’ve eased in, feel free to peep.

My newscasts are Monday-Friday 5,6, 9 and 11p pst. That corresponds to 8,9, midnight and 2a est. All our newscasts can be found here.

If you have friends or relatives near Palm Springs, tell them to watch. I’m paid by the viewer!

Like Crack For Middle Age White Guys

Nearly all forecasters on TV are close in accuracy. There’s no competitive advantage to be had there. I need to be the guy who tells the best story.

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I hadn’t been on TV for a few years before the last few days. It’s what I remember. Very enjoyable. A really good gig.

Being on TV nightly is like crack for middle age white guys!

I was a performer before becoming a meteorologist. Originally weather just seemed like a good place to perform.

It still is, but along the way I developed a serious crush on weather itself.

Forecasting is fun. I’m a math guy. I look at maps and charts and visualize what’s going to happen. Forecast models have gotten good enough to speak to me!

You don’t get all the details. You couldn’t remember all the details. You need the essence of a day which will be different morning, noon and night! You need actionable information.

Nearly all forecasters on TV are close in accuracy. There’s no competitive advantage to be had there. I need to be the guy who tells the best story.

It’s a challenge. Weather is ad libbed for a couple of minutes a few times a night. As a former boss pointed out, I do PowerPoint presentations. A different one every day.

Not everything works. I’m always trying.

My friend Peter Mokover, while my boss at WPEN, asked me not to tell the jokes that weren’t funny!

I’ve worked with two anchors so far and our tosses were great. That’s a sign of their confidence. Not everyone is playful on-camera. You’d be surprised. This is a jackpot for me!

I’m rambling… here’s what I’m getting at. Being on TV is very satisfying. It’s nice to be back on. It’s nice to to tell people, “Don’t go to sleep yet.”