3 days...it's getting very real now.
Did the interview w/ KATU (Portland CBS affiliate) yesterday. The interview went very well, conducted by two really nice guys--Craig (the station's newest sports reporter) and Mike, a 31-year veteran of camera work. Their questions didn't just focus on the "who's the nut job running through the desert" angle. They had insightful inquiries about my preparation, the "why?" question, and other interesting things. I just fear that (especially with editing) that I'll come off as being a bit too serious or aloof in the piece. I didn't feel like I had my usual lighthearted attitude turned on when Craig was asking me questions. And the biggest fear I have is that Soles4Souls will be under-represented or not mentioned. Broadcast airs Sunday night, 7/22, at 5:30 and/or 6:30 pm Pacific time.
The Oregonian interview is today, and that's a sit-down at a coffee shop. Of course, with my recent weaning from caffeine, we could just as well conduct it on the back porch of a butcher shop. And I'm not sure why I just typed that. I think I'm really, really losing my mind now.
Did my last medium-distance run last night with neighbor Jim, who makes the perfect running companion. He listens (errr....puts up with) my boring stories and is amenable to just about any weird route. You can't overestimate the value of good neighbors, that's for sure.
Back to finishing up the week's work and packing for the journey.
I thank you again for your support and plead with you to visit my friends at Soles4Souls to see how you can make a difference in our world. If you're wondering how to best support my effort at Badwater, visit Soles4Souls! Send a pair (or ten!) of new or gently used adult or children's shoes, or better yet, make a cash donation to help Soles4Souls make a huge impact on the lives of people who need our help.