I had the pleasure of talking with Travis Coffman earlier this week on the Guam k57 talk show, about the upcoming screening of The Insular Empire. Travis used to live and work on Saipan, and he personally thanked me for making this film so that he didn’t have to. He’s a funny man. “You spent 9 years of your life on this,” he quipped, “and I all that time I got to sit here in this air-conditioned booth!” He put in a good plug for the screening, and I’m hoping it will encourage people to come out this evening to watch the film.
The drama now – four hours before the doors open – is that poor Lino Olopai is stranded at the Saipan airport, waiting for a flight to bring him to Guam. This despite his having gone to the airport hours ahead of schedule (and being told for some reason that he didn’t have a ticket – even though he did). And of course Lino doesn’t have a cel phone… and the Continental desk at the Guam airport doesn’t seem to be able to call the Continental desk at the Saipan airport. (I guess that’s considered advanced technology.)
I know that technically I’m supposed to be kind to Continental/Air Micronesia for once having flown me and my crew to Guam for free… and it’s true that my Continental flight out here was lovely… but since arriving on Guam, dealing with them has been excruciating, requiring every ounce of patience I can muster.
Fingers crossed Lino gets here in time!