During the Summer of 2006, I was developing my rough ’round the world itinerary and budget using Microsoft Excel. I posted my spreadsheet on the BootsnAll message boards to get some feedback. Soon after, I was contacted by Jessie, one of the web site moderators. She indicated Wendy Rieger of the NBC News affiliate in Washington, DC was interested in speaking with me about a story she was putting together.
I contacted her after some initial reservations about blowing my cover at work, and a few weeks later, she met me at my apartment with a cameraman to do the interview. The recorded Q&A lasted about 10 minutes, however true to her word, she only used about 15-30 seconds of it! The interview aired in early October 2006, and a few of my current and former coworkers saw it (and not-so-subtly) and asked me about it in the office. I acknowledged it, though didn’t put a time frame around when I planned to leave.
I am appropriately labeled as “Future Traveler” in the video. Enjoy!