My original intention was to come here last week and tell you all about my very first television appearance. Well, things didn't go exactly as planned. I arrived at the station, where I met the producer and was directed backstage to set up my display and work area. I was scheduled near the end of the show, so there was some waiting, but eventually my table and I were taken out onto the set. I sat in the audience for a couple of segments, then they put on my mic. They teased my cocoa mix right before the commercial break. I stepped forward to head to my display when none other than Bernie Sanders popped out of a side door and walked right in front of me. Yes, that Bernie Sanders. He was so close I nearly ran right into him. Politics aside, it was a little surreal.
Apparently he just wrote a book, and had stopped by unexpectedly for an interview. After he passed by, I walked over and stood where I was supposed to. After a few minutes it was pretty clear he had a lot to say and it wasn't happening for me that day, which was confirmed by the stage manager. Mr. Sanders did his thing, posed for some photos, then walked past me and my cocoa mix and left.
Everyone couldn't have been nicer about it. We talked about when I might be able to come back, but just as I was about to pack up they decided to film the segment and air it another day. I think it had something to do with the effort I put into making my display festive, and I'm sure there's a lesson there somewhere.