On the drive back to the airport to return our rental car after my St. Anthony Messenger interview with Therese Borchard, Susan Hines Brigger and I talked about how emerging technology has changed the way we do our job.
Plane and car rental, were, of course, via the Internet. I found a really inexpensive car price at Hotwire (in the past I would have called a toll-free number or a travel agent). As we drove off into the dark, toward Annapolis, I fired up my Android phone’s navigation system and both Susan and I marveled at how it kept track of where we were—down to the city block—better than my wife, Cathy’s, GPS—and provided good, accurate information (in previous years, we would have been using a map, stopping, turning on the dome light, maybe even debating routes and wrong turns!).
During the interview Susan recorded some video on a Flip camera, for this blog; I recorded audio that will be ready to go for our radio show at www.FranciscanMedia.org (in each case, when the time comes).
We also were taken with the variety of transportation that the day held: car, ferry across the Ohio River, bus to the airport, train to our gate, plane, then rental car. When it was all over, we took a cab to the hotel where the bishops were staying. Susan had reserved a room for herself there before they filled. (I walked a block or so to mine.) If only we had flown in a helicopter that day! On the other hand, we were fortunate not to have ridden in an ambulance.
Photo by John Feister