To clarify, I wasn’t actually running away like the time I was three and so mad at my parents (probably for not catering to my every whim and fixing me spaghetti for dinner) that I packed up my favorite My Little Ponies and took off (I made it as far as the garage, which seemed far enough at the time).
|Best running away slippers ever!|
No, this was a running away of a different sort. It was the I’m having a bad day and want to be as far away from normal life as possible for a while kind of running away. On Friday that meant packing a picnic lunch and heading up to Mt. Bonnell, where I could escape the noises of the city, the stresses of my inbox and watch the swallows catching the currents off the side of the cliff.
|photo taken by news crew…because they owed me|
Except somehow my quiet moment of solitude ended up on the evening news. None of my ‘running away’ had anything to do with why I was on the evening news. The title of this post may be misleading. They wanted opinions from locals on some silly story and I’m sure some people get excited about appearing on the evening news being interviewed about a silly story. I am not one of those people. Those people are probably not as horrifically awkward on camera as I am or in the middle of trying to run away from life for a while. In fact, that’s exactly what I told the news crew when they asked if they could interview me.
I am very good at saying no. I have friends that often come to me for coaching on how to say no. My achilles heel, however, is when people are super nice, persistant, and if they’re old, that definitely works in their favor. All three of those lead me to audibly sigh and say, “Ugh, fuck, fine, yes I’ll do it” (and then immediately feel bad and flustered for saying fuck in front of an old man). To which they thanked me profusely as they shoved a mic up my sweat stained shirt and then told me I probably shouldn’t say fuck on camera.
The gal who interviewed me assured me I wasn’t as awkward as I made myself out to be, but her eyes told a different story and I appreciated that she was kind enough to lie. I am not including the clip because I will only embarrass myself so much on this blog and even though you can probably find it in one quick google search, I’m counting on you being entirely too lazy to do that.
|screen shot. not actual clip.|
|it was peaceful until the camera crews showed up|