As those of you who read my first post a week ago know, I will be based out of my home in Maryland for my new gig with the NFL Network and NFL.com. I will be traveling to cover games, do feature stories and take part in Total Access and other shows from the NFL studios in L.A., but a lot of my grunt work (phone calls, reporting, texting, etc.) will be performed from home, while trying not to trip over one of Chloe’s dolls or one of Rocco’s trucks.
So today we were paid a visit by some of the tech specialists who will be charged with installing a team cam in our house. My wife, naturally, was eagerly awaiting word of exactly where this bad boy will reside in our home (it’s a large square box, I’d say about 3 feet high and maybe 2 feet deep), and how much damage our kids were likely to do to it.
So it looks like we’ll be able to hook this puppy up in a spare room in the basement, which is what I was hoping for. I have an office in the attic, but it’s hard to wire everything up there and the office is dangerously close to the bathroom we use for the kids. My remote reports for Total Access are gonna be live, smack dab in the middle of bathtime, and I feared the sounds (alternating shrieks of joy and anguish, as any parent who has simultaneously bathed a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old could attest) the microphone might register.
So I’m all about placing this camera in the basement, away from the chaos and in a room where the kids never wander. Now, I’m going to have to get someone in here to help light the room, otherwise my reports are going to look like I am being held hostage from some distressed location, but otherwise I think we’re in business.
I guess it’s kinda weird having a piece of technology that is so much a function of my work/employer residing in my basement and “living” in my house (Thom Yorke and the boys in Radiohead could have a field day with this; sounds like something left on the OK Computer chopping block). And I suppose if I left it on, it might be beaming back all of the madness that goes on in this house back to L.A. (at least what the mic could pick up).
But I’m all about it. It will be great to be able to see the wife and kids when I’m not traveling, and it’s amazingly convenient, so all thanks to everyone at NFL Network for the team cam.
I’m sure we will develop all sorts of nicknames for it once it arrives in a few weeks, but I’m thinking maybe LaCa Cam will work. As always, I’m open to any and all suggestions.
— Jason La Canfora