On the way, feeling QUITE saucy in our sprouncy town car, we passed a good hundred people in khaki pants or nice jeans or sundresses standing in a huddle on the side of the road. As they saw us approach, they started jumping up and down and hollering joyously. Then they realized we weren’t Loretta Lynn and they all deflated and glared at us accusingly. But it was pretty cool while it lasted.
We went another couple of blocks and saw another largish crowd by the roadside. VERY DIFFERENT CROWD. No khakis, but many, many cut offs and tattoos. Many halter tops and mesh shirts. There were sundresses, but mostly they were paired with the kind of manky rubber flippy-flops I used to wear to brave the mossy-bottomed showers at Wiregrass Christian Youth Camp. We were impressed with the scope of Loretta’s demographic, until we found out The WWE was also in town. So.
I think I ate about 7,000 calories worth of buffalo mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto and dipped in Sara’s homemade Balsamic vinaigrette. I am so bloated and puffed with salt now I think I need to go drink a lake.
If you missed Sara’s party because of Loretta Lynn or because you live in the Atlanta area, I hope you can make it to one of the stuffs happening this week,… Tuesday I will be downtown at Margaret Mitchell House and Thursday I will be in Woodstock, partying at Foxtale Book Shoppe.
Another friend, Alan Deutschmanwho helped me film, could not believe I had the movie up later the same day we took the footage. He asked me to teach him how to use a Flip Phone. Which is the thing I am using to make VLOGS. This seemed to be of general interest, based on the comments, so I am going to teach you ALL how to make videos using the Flip Phone. SUPER easy.
First, it is important that you understand that it is a video camera, not a phone, but I keep calling it a Flip Phone anyway. Sometimes on purpose, like now, to mock myself, but most times, like every time I speak of the thing out loud, because I am a dork who can’t remember not to say the word PHONE after the word FLIP.
The Flip Phone comes with software. Or hardware. Or a program. Whatever you call a thing you put on your computer to do a job. You should get Scott to get that off the phone and put it on the computer.
Then, you just take a bunch of video footage with your Flip Phone. I suggest you include dogs. People like dogs in videos. If you can make the dog talk in a funny voice, even better.
Once you have all your footage, you plug the Flip Phone into your computer and then double click on the FLIPSHARE icon that Scott has put right on your desktop.
THEN the easiest film editing menu in the entire world opens up, so easy that I could do it myself within 5 minutes just by poking around. When I ran into trouble, I would ask Scott a question, because he had skimmed the manual. SO you could leave a question for him in comments, or, if his response time is pokey and you become desperate, you could always skim the manual yourself.
Here are some hints that will save you from my early mistakes.
1) Leave 2 seconds of silence at the beginning and the end of your take. Otherwise you get yourself saying “Okay go!” at the beginning. And at the end, the Flip Phone editor puts in a FADE effect and your last two words will get lost if you don’t have a little room there.
2) The Flip phone won’t let you edit any clip be shorter than 3 seconds because it wants two seconds to use for its fade effect. You can’t stop it. SO if you want to a fast take montage of people saying things, the thing they say should be longer than three seconds. “Push the button,” to choose a totally random example, coughcough, is too short to edit easily into a good montage.