Sunday, December 13, 2009

all i could think of was a palindrome...

Immediately following the Literary Death Match, I flew to Reno and back to cover the Santa Crawl. I will tell you about both as soon as physically possible.
Highlights included:
1. When asked before a crowded audience for provide a one-syllable onomatopoeia, I had to ask what exactly that meant. When the very talented and non-judgmental Derek told me to provide, "A word that's spelled like it's sounded," I grabbed the microphone and said, "Cat." One hundred people audibly cringed, except for my mother who didn't get it either.
2. You have never seen two women angrier than The Beths at the Reno International Airport this morning at 7am trying to get a Quiznos breakfast sandwich. It took 42 minutes. I timed it. There were tears.
3. In the inevitable moments when you find me wildly annoying and obnoxious, rest easy in the knowledge that last night, under the RENO arch, as I stood before a blinding light attached to a camera and tried to report in the snow surrounded by 4,000 people, some shitheads in the crowd started to throw snowballs at us. Then, they began to throw beer bottles. And in all of my anger and fear, I thought, "This sounds about right."

4 comments:

sfmike said...

Wow. You're taking your "just showing up" maxim to some serious extremes. Being at the Reno International Airport on a snowy Sunday morning at 7AM sounds like one of the serious rings of hell, and waiting 42 minutes for something as disgusting as a Quiznos breakfast sandwich only confirms its satanic ambience. Glad to hear you survived, and hope the Beths threw a few beer bottles back at the shitheads.

Natalie said...

Ah, Reno. Every time I leave there I feel better about my own life. My last trip to Reno (a business trip of all things, back when I had a job) involved a room in the El Dorado that overlooked a skeezy liquor store and a gambling establishment (bookie, not casino). There may have been a strip club as well but I might have added that in my mind because it would have fit right in.

Anonymous said...

I knew it. I could see it in your eyes. Though your mouth said "Cat," you were thinking "No, sir, away! A papaya war is on!" Congratulations on winning it. T.P.

Be_Devine said...

You were fabulous, and you had the crowd eating out of your hand. Everyone loved you!