The Traveling Seniors


I am no videographer. So, when Stu asked me to video our travel adventures, I was really nervous. After all, he is a professional photographer! I have so much to learn! 

But, hey, why not try? So I learned iMovie and took my trusty iPhone everywhere to practice taking videos. That’s how I became a video-taking fool on our recent cross-country roadtrip.



Being a newbie, I took videos of everything. Rocks (note: they don’t move), flowers (not a lot of action there either) and scenery as we drove down the highways (reminiscent of the blurred movies my mom took from the car on vacations-what a waste of film in those days)!  Stu finally managed to get me calmed down about taking video of every single thing and I slowly became more discriminating with my IPhone.

My unbridled enthusiasm came back, however, when we reached New Mexico. The terrain changed so much and is so different from where I live, I got very excited.

The day we arrived in New Mexico was a glorious sunny day. We drove  70 mph down the highway “ooooing and awing” as plateaus and rock outcroppings took over the landscape.

I whipped out my cell phone, rolled down the window and started videotaping. An SUV came alongside to pass us on the passenger side of the car. I pulled the phone in toward me so the driver wouldn’t think I was photographing him when WHOOSH! The wind hit the changed angle of my phone and the phone took off. MY PHONE WAS GONE!!!!

I looked at Stu and screamed, “Oh, my God!” Stu looked in the rearview mirror to see my precious IPhone bouncing down the highway behind us.

“Quick, stop, stop, stop the car!!!” “Pleeeeeeeze, stop!”

Stu had to drive another mile (while I constantly pleaded with him to stop-poor man) to find a place where we could turn around the car. With hands over my mouth, I tried to keep my cool and convince myself that the phone would be fine.

We headed back and after a couple of miles we were able to retrace our original drive. Fortunately, there wasn’t much traffic so we could drive slowly and look for the phone. The median strip was wide and full of tall weeds. If the phone had bounced into the median, the chances of finding it were slim to none.

We searched for about 10 minutes when, there, sparkling in the sun, was my IPhone resting on the yellow line in the highway! Stu stopped and I scooped it up. But just look at it!


Auk! My poor phone!


We spent the next 2 hours on Stu’s phone trying to find out what coverage I had on the IPhone and what the steps were to replace it. One representative told me I had no coverage. Another said not to worry, there would be no charge. A third said it may cost me “a bit” of money. 

When a claim is made on your IPhone, an “expert” has to look at the phone to make certain it cannot be repaired. This was a $800+ question in my case. I couldn’t afford a new phone. If it couldn’t be repaired, Apple would replace it for $90 with my Apple Care. To say I was stressed is an understatement.

We had to find an Apple Store-fast.

However, there is only one Apple store in New Mexico-in Albuquerque; 4 hours from our location. As you may know, Apple Stores don’t take appointments in advance. I still called to try to get an appointment.  No luck.

Have you spent more than 24 hours without your cell phone recently? Stu had his phone but I felt like I was stranded on a desert island without a boat. I was panicked.

We left early the next morning so we could reach the Apple Store when it opened at 10 a.m. 

The lines for technical assistance were LOOOOONG. The staff were not very sympathetic and some might say rude.  We were told it would be an hour’s wait.

My name was finally called, and a technical assistance person took one look and sent word back to bring out a replacement phone! Whew!!!!! I ended up with a new IPhone and a bill of $90.   Considering my boneheaded mistake, I got out of the mess pretty well.

And the photos and videos on the ruined phone? Well, since I’d been backing up photos and videos every evening, I only lost what I had taken that day (although it included two of the best interviews on the whole trip and dozens of photos). 

As for the footage I was taking along the highway? It was gonna make for a great video. Honest.


3 thoughts on “I AM NO VIDEOGRAPHER

  1. VHol

    So glad it turned out well! Once, when I was travelling in Germany, I was walking home from our office to my hotel with my laptop in my backpack. It started to pour and I struggled to stay under the umbrella. The zipper on the backpack leaked and my laptop was flooded. At the hotel, I dried it out as much as I could, but the screen and the keyboard were messed up. Somehow I managed to play music (with the volume turned down) all night so the fan would stay on. In the morning, it was mostly functional except the CD drive. I took it to our IT department at work and they dried everything and replaced the CD drive so that it was completely back to normal. Whew! I had spent all night worried that it was broken so that I wouldn’t be able to do my regular work or use my CD drive. (CD drive was essential because there was no English TV). Not having our essential electronics is very stressful!

    1. Barb Bradley Post author

      Oh, NO!!!! Laptops are FAR more expensive than iPhones! What an ordeal! We are gonna remember the fan trick just in case! I can feel your stress even now! Happy it worked out. Thanks so much for your comment! Where did you go in Germany? We’d love to hear more stories!
      Stu and Barb

      1. Vhol

        This was in the town of Hoechst (where our company had a manufacturing plant) near Frankfurt. I also spent a lot of time in Frankfurt. We also had an office in Paris and one near Milan and numerous others. So, over a 5 year span, I visited multiple places in Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Austria. I was fortunate to have friends (especially in Germany) who hosted me on sightseeing trips on weekends and when the company hosted workshops, they usually included some fun outings wherever we traveled. My favorite thing in Germany was the Christkindl Markets. I went to Frankfurt’s several times and to one in Munich. I would go back on a Christkindlmarkt Tour if I could talk my husband into it!

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