First of all...I'll be in St. Louis for the next four days (starting Sun) so if you're close by and want to visit VE in person...I'm at a conference right by the arch...
Now on to the ridiculousness...
Maybe I was related to Forrest Gump. Remember his line, “So I went and met the President of the United States…again.” Of course, that’s not something many people get to do in their average lives; particularly at the White House.
A week from now I’ll be the spotlight of a TV feature. No, this isn’t a remake of Little Gnome on the Prairie or something. This will be a feature on my crayon collection. Seems when you have several thousand crayon boxes displayed in one room, you get media attention.
And this is where the Forrest Gump tie in is. He seemed to easily step into famous and fantastical things unbeknownst to him; he was just doing whatever he was doing.
Me too. Well, perhaps not nearly on such a grand scale. But consider how many times you’ve been on TV or in the paper unrelated to your job (should that increase it). Never? Once? Twice? Three times a Lady? Oops, sorry, 70s flashback nightmare starting there…
- I had a two page feature in the paper back in 1978 as a teen for mazes that I drew.
- I was in the news when I created a 10K running race for the Coast Guard back in 1983
- I had a picture of me climbing and some interview quotes back in 1988 for helping a friend create the second indoor rock climbing gym in the USA (he missed being first by only a couple months)
- I was on Night Line in 1988 as they filmed the devastation of Hurricane Gilbert in Cancun, Mexico
- I was interviewed by all three local Portland news crews for being one of the first people back from Cancun after the hurricane
- I was featured in a video for inline skates back in 1992
- I had a picture and a short interview in the paper back in 2006 for getting a ticket while on my bicycle in the middle of nowhere for an infraction I didn’t commit (the police in the town were corrupt and under scrutiny for money making from citations)
- I was interviewed on the nightly news in April 2010 as a news crew happened to be hanging around our sub-development looking for a story on why so many home buyers were ignoring the economy and buying homes in our area. I just made up my own opinion and they showed it. Ridiculous.
- I had a two and a half page feature on my crayon collection and hobby in the local paper in Aug 2010
And now I’ll be on TV. Again.
Not that I’m necessarily complaining but I’m not a media hound either (well not chronic…). Add to this all the whacky episodes in my life from airplane engines on fire over the Amazon to jumping from ship to ship in the Bering sea to a blown engine in the Mojave desert and what’s it all add up to? Some parallel universe where I’m Forest Gump minus all the money! On the positive side, no matter how many campouts I do, I’ll always have a fresh campfire story to tell….because we all saw a fur bicycle on our last road trip, right?