the call.

we need to talk is never a good thing to hear.

someone’s breaking up with you.
someone’s offended by something you said or did.
someone’s watch has gone missing.

this was from National Geographic – this email. I could only assume it was about me splashing the big ‘as seen on National Geographic’ logo everywhere since my first article, and assumed this was the one conversation I’d have before being contacted by their legal department.

as I emailed back, I wanted to tell them look, sorry, but how often does a wannabe travel writer end up in The House With The Golden Border? and how could they blame me? if your band opens up for The Killers, then you engrave ‘as seen on tour with The Killers’ on every t-shirt and album printed, right?

a lot was said in that phone call, none of which alluded to me milking their logo.
and a lot of it I can’t talk about.

but when the phone call was over, I sat on that balcony in Buenos Aires wondering if it had actually been them, or an ex-girlfriend who knew exactly how to crush my very soul.

it took a few months to understand what was going on.
and it took a lot of contracts and phone calls and shared documents to make me believe it was actually happening.

but it was.
and it is.

and – in one week, I take a train to D.C. where I’ll spend a few days being pre-briefed in the Golden Offices.
and then – a few days later, I’ll be getting in a car they paid for.
going coast-to-coast with a video camera, a microphone, a regular camera and a pen.

because in 10 days, I go from being one of National Geographic’s siphon-ers…
to being one of their Travelers.

more soon.
as soon as I’m done throwing up.


Got something to say? Feel free, I want to hear from you! Leave a Comment

  1. Kris says:

    Holy Oklahoma!
    Good for you, my Queen, OUR Queen!!

  2. Laura G says:

    All hail the Queen! Tea and crumpets (or biscuits and bbq) when you get to North Carolina! Congrats!!

  3. Ann Kinder says:

    Congrats to Nat Geo on their great good fortune. Bon voyage.

  4. colleen gill says:

    Yeah!!! This is so exciting! My DVR will actually be set to YOU sir! 🙂

  5. Sage Brennan says:

    I can’t wait to see you wearing the golden halo! So happy to hear that this worked out for you. Awesomesauce.

  6. Jeff Shafer says:

    Ok fine… I’ll be your camera man again. No need to twist my arm.
    Congrats man! Looking forward to seeing what you create.

  7. leah says:

    wahooooo!!!! Can’t WAIT to read everything~ every last line of your wild and fun adventures~ and hope to cross paths one just one or two…

  8. MjM says:

    Have a blast, motor safely, and remember, I don’t do bail after 2am…

  9. Mirela T. says:

    Congratulations!!!! What a wonderful news!!! 🙂 Looking forward to read and watch it all… 🙂

  10. Riaad says:

    You sir! YOU!!!

  11. jdrive says:

    What kind of car?


  12. Feds says:

    Do it.
    Do it.
    This is sweet music.

  13. Aunt Jan says:

    My Dearest Aric; It is simplistic to say “We have always known this would happen for you”…..but it is true. I am thrilled beyond words to express. My pride has no bounds.
    A. Jan

  14. Dylan says:

    Fantastic! Congratulations.

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