Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Coming to you Live!

Oh. My. Gawd.

I have this conference call today, so I needed a room with some high speed internet. There are all kinds of offices you can rent for the day, week, month here in New York, so I pulled up a map. Turns out there’s one right beside the marina called WorkSocial. Perfect. I book a room.

I walk into the building today, and there’s a massive, gargantuan, epic video screen behind the receptionist. On the screen is my boat. I mean, that’s about all that’s on the screen. The deck of my boat. Where I lie on the trampolines at night with a glass of wine. Where I watch the sun set from the upper deck. Where I lay out nude, because you really can’t see the upper deck from anywhere in the marina…

…but you get a real damn nice view if you walk into the lobby of this 16 story office building.

“Uh, does that camera change?” I ask. I’m assuming it flips through other cameras in the area. The lady behind the desk looks over her shoulder.

She shakes her head.

“Does it move?” I ask.

“No,” she says, then looks suspicious. “Why?”

“That’s my home,” I say. I point. I’m still processing.

The lady looks at me again. Hesitates. “Were you washing your boat this morning?”

I nod. I was. In my usual attire.

The rest of the conversation got awkward from there. And I made a note of how to adjust the boom so I could continue to lay out without being NSFW in a workplace. I also thought the view was a bit blurry, and maybe someone should go out and clean the lens.

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30 replies to “Coming to you Live!”

This is incredible! Now you should make a point to just draw pictures/ write words big enough for the camera to see. I’m sure it wouldn’t be too long until they changed it.

So she saw you cleaning your boat and didnt recognize your face. Hmmmm… Mustve been the blurry screen. Or perhaps her eyes were elsewhere? Lol. I say… Keep ur tan lines non existent and enjoy the view

Ha! Given that you were on that conference call with me I think you processed this revelation extremely well. Great story! Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. thx.

The person that gets sent to clean will probably get distracted by the view and wander onto your boat.

Hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

Any chance for some updates on the boat? Would love to hear what worked and what you would do differently.

Looking forward to more Blog entries.

Welcome to the Mr. Atlantic competition. And now for the next part of the competition – The birthday suits.

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