I’m tired. I’m beyond tired, actually, but I’m not really complaining. Detroit show was terrific. It’s nice to kick off the season seeing all kinds of people you often don’t get to see, and all in one place. You drink too much coffee and your feet get sore and you drop your cell phone in a toilet (okay, some of us do that), but it is great. I went tearing past the Porsche booth (where I’d had breakfast; lunch booth was going to be Jaguar, though I still don’t know what those little meaty things were) when my colleague from the Star, Jil McIntosh hollered at me.
“CBC wants someone, I can’t do it. You wanna do it?”
“Do they pay?”
I missed the details until my phone (pre-toilet) rang. CBC radio does a series of hits that roll out across the country on their morning shows. They told me I’d be doing a series of essentially the same interview, from the car show in Detroit with thoughts/trends etc. Sounds good. Oh, did I mention they start at 6am and go until 9am? Turns out several of my esteemed colleagues had turned it down, but they’re a bunch of party animals, and I am not. I’d asked Jil what kind of content they were looking for, and she replied, “you can be blonde”. I love Jil. In anticipation of getting up at 5:50 so I could brush my teeth so I’d sound smarter, I obviously couldn’t sleep. I don’t trust alarms in hotels, even my own, and so I napped and cursed the darkness. Starting at 6:10 or so, the phone rang every 10-15 minutes with stations from Cornerbrook, Newfoundland to Whitehorse to Kamloops. Every time it rang, I jumped, even though I had the schedule in front of me. Here’s a link to the Windsor piece, if you’re curious.
Finally got out of Detroit and headed for home yesterday, got here in time to change and head into Toronto to do my Lemon Aid show. I shoved a pair of contacts in my eyes, which by this point felt like someone had poured sand in them. The only available moisture was nestling around my cell phone battery (it’s fine, I saved it in time). I knew I could sleep in this morning, if I could just get through till 11pm when I get home from Toronto. En route, I got a note from CBC Toronto Metro Morning. Would I be interested in doing one more piece for them this morning? At 6:20? Of course I would. Top rated show in its time slot? Hello, Matt Galloway…
I get to sleep tonight. I head out tomorrow in a spanky new Pathfinder to Pinestone Resort in Haliburton to do a day of dogsledding. Where those big dogs pull a sled. Can’t wait to meet the puppies at Winterdance. Story for the Spec, I’ll post when it’s up.
Somebody remind me I’m not 25. Oh wait, my body’s already doing that.