Another day. It starts with a cup of coffee. It should start with the firing of a gun and the squealing of tires. We have a lot of ground to cover.
Yesterday was a real nail biter. Cross-checking information in the Katrina zone is time consuming. Most of it has to be done in person since no one is in their office anymore and phones can be tricky. Checkpoints slow you down. Some areas are said off limits without a government pass. We don't have a government pass so we have to talk our way in... that can take time.
Don't want to tell you how close Wednesday's Nightly spot came to being NASA's newest black hole.
Anyway, today we're headed off the map. A number of you have either blogged or e-mailed directly telling us of stories or places in our path we "must see." We alter course when we can. Yesterday we checked out the library in Long Beach. It's a great story about the shootout that took place there! Broke my heart to drop it from our TV report. But my story was a minute over time.
I'll write later on what happened. We have pictures of the bullet holes and even home video of the desperate hours.
Then somebody said you have to go to Lakeshore. We've got a lot of maps of Mississippi and couldn't find it on any of them. Anyhow, we've programmed the GPS and (gulp) downed the coffee. On your mark, get set...