Lisa Salters' favorite things revolve around the yin and yang of a life that is all about travel and hunkering down at home — a four-level loft-style townhouse in Fells Point — with the love of her life, her 9-month-old adopted son, Sam.
"He is the best thing that has ever happened to me," says Salters, 47. He's "somebody who's more important than [me]. ... Even if I'm sleepy and tired, it doesn't matter. It's all about him,"
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She describes "Monday Night Football" as "a runaway train. It just doesn't stop."
This season, that meant planning game coverage on Wednesdays and Thursdays, driving to Philadelphia on Fridays to leave Sam with her parents, flying to the game city, interviewing players and coaches of the home team on Saturdays, interviewing the visiting team on Sundays, working the game Mondays and traveling home on Tuesdays.
What's more, when she hasn't traveled for work, she has traveled for play.
That's why home is so important to Salters, who moved back to Baltimore, where she had been a reporter at WBAL-TV from 1988 to 1995.
"I knew I wanted to adopt a child. So I knew I wanted to be someplace where I had friends and was close to my family. I was in California, and it was just too far," she says. "Baltimore was a place I had known and loved."
Yes, but just try to get her out on that town.
"I like the idea of going out to dinner and stuff like that, but I would so much rather just be home. I just love my space. It is like a refuge. I never have makeup on here. I don't have to look like anything. ... It's a place where I can be not on TV."
A painting from Vietnam
"This one is my favorite. I got that one in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City," she says. "I love the yellow in that painting. And I just love how the artist [made] the lady with no facial features, yet you can see her facial features in it. I also love the pop of red that it has."
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater poster featuring Alicia Graf Mack
Mack, a Columbia native, is Salters' cousin and dances with the storied troupe. "Whenever I'm in the same city where she's dancing, I always go to her show," Salters says. "Last year, she was [featured on] the poster. It was so funny. I would see her in airports, on billboards, on buses. It was always so cool. It's like, 'That's my cousin!' "
"It's just so relaxing in the summertime. I have music piped in, so it has speakers up there," she says. "It's not a water view or anything like that, but you can see the little Natty Boh guy at night — lit up — and I love that. ... It just says Baltimore to me."
A bottle of Chateau Fombrauge
Salters typically brings home wine finds from her travels. "That particular bottle I got in Paris in, maybe, 2002. It was just a delicious bottle that I had there, and I knew I couldn't get it here, back in the States," she says. "It's a spectacular bottle of wine, and I don't know what occasion is going to make me open it."