Sick Day

08 December, 2005 Temperature: 6 degrees F

I went to the doc yesterday, after work, to get my throat checked out. It’s not strep, but it hurts like hell. I was hacking and coughing all day, causing my coworkers to keep even more distance than usual. They don’t want to catch anything from me… they might start riding motorbikes!

So I stayed home from work today, in order to try and recover before my TV debut tomorrow morning on WCCO, channel 4, our local CBS affiliate. I’m supposed to be at the studio by 6 am, for a live interview at 6:15. Who ever thought this thing would get so huge?

Yesterday morning, a guy named Tony showed up at my door with a WCCO mini-van and a video camera. He followed me to work, shooting footage of various strategic spots along my commute. Then we did an interview in the parking lot at work. We had been running around outside in the single-digit cold for about two hours, and I was developing brain freeze by the time he got me talking on camera. I hope I didn’t sound like too much of an idiot.

I can’t let that happen tomorrow. Those of you who read this blog know that I have perfectly sound reasons for engaging in this adventure. But the public at large will assume I am some dangerous lunatic who should be locked up for reasons of public safety and peace of mind. If I’m lucky, I will have maybe three whole minutes to convince them otherwise. That’s a lot of pressure. I hope I’m up to it.

When I started this gig, I thought all I would have to do is ride this little motorscooter through frigid winter conditions while dodging cars, trucks, and SUVs on icy roads. Piece of cake, right? But now I’m facing a challenge I hadn’t bargained for. Wish me luck, huh? I’m going in…

10 Responses to “Sick Day”

  1. Lev Says:

    Hey, Gary! When will you be on TV? Let us all know! Have some chicken soup too!

  2. Tony Canadario Says:

    Gary, its not the scooter ride that’s the thing, its the blog. Any monkey can ride a scooter in the snow…..Great blog….

  3. mnscooter Says:

    Lev, I hope this isn’t too late to tell you. As the blog says, 6:15 is when they want me at the studio. That’s a.m., as in oh-dark-thirty. Since it’s a live interview, I can only assume that they will broadcast it then.

    They are supposed to run the other thing we taped in a later newscast, like 5 or 6 pm. We will post a link to the TV news site here as soon as they give it to us. I spoke to the producer, and he said he will set it up. My wife will be taping everything too.

    Tony, thanks again. This blog format seems to be a good fit for my writing style. Maybe I should pitch this to one of the glossy moto-mags for their websites. They have always been a bit thin on content.

    Ride well,

  4. Dick Aal Says:

    See if you can get your interviews on streaming video so we can see it on the web. You can give us a URL to the source.

  5. Dave McCaffery Says:

    Gary - You the man, all right. Hope your TV debut went well. Too bad the camera man wasn’t there when you laid it down on the construction plate. A thought for you: some snowmobile helmets - skidoo I think - have a snorkel-like device that exhausts all your breath outside of the helmet so it can’t hit the shield. What makes your blog so good is the writing AND the experiences - keep on riding!

  6. Doolittle Says:

    Great blog, Gary. Hope you feel better soon. I know you won’t let the public get the best of you; even if you ARE crazy.

  7. Brad Says:

    Did it air this morning? I got up too late, so I checked and didn’t see any segment posted.

  8. former USMC Says:

    Gary - Saw you on wcco tonite and your name looked familiar…there was a ‘Charpentier’ in my USMC reserve squad, STA-platoon, based in Chicago IL, back in mid to late 1980’s…and he travelled from Minnesota all the time. That wasn’t you, was it? Maybe a relative? I can’t recall the guy’s first name for sure, but the name “steve” is in my head… I now live in Minnesota with my family, and would like the chance to re-unite. Any leads would be welcome.

  9. Brad Says:

    Here’s the link to the news story

  10. mnscooter Says:

    Sorry, Jarhead, but you didn’t leave your name. Semper Fi anyway.

    I don’t know anyone from the Chicago reserves, especially not the Surveillance and Target Acquisition sniper grunts. Damn… that’s the REAL Corps, ain’t it?

    I was active duty air wing out of MCAS El Toro: VMFP-3, your go-anywhere at mach-2 tactical photo reconnaissance service. We sent you those nice pictures of surprised bad guys looking up just before the alpha strike arrived on target. You might have used our stuff to plan some of your ops.

    I’ve got your email, I’ll be in touch.

    Ride well,

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