Bill, the Audience Wrangler ( That's what I call him, anyway. ), tossed a few of these ( It says Hollywoood above the Flag. ) into the Studio Audience, and I ended up with one. ;-D
This picture is from 4am, this morning, just after I got home, after a very long day.
I will be posting the story of my 90 minutes on the set, as a member of the Studio Audience, this weekend, and let me say, up front, that I had a grand time, and found the experience educational, and entertaining, and would love to do it again some day.
When you watch the show, this Sunday, I'll be in the right side of the Audience, in the 4th row, with a yellow notepad in my lap. ;-D
***UPDATE - 6/12/07***
A slight change in plans due to having to do some things over the weekend, and the last few days.
Going over my notes I realized there was a bit more to my story than just what I saw, but who I met, and where they were from, and it is worth sharing, and I want to watch the show tonite, and maybe get a few pics off my TV, with my camera, of me in the audience. ;-D
I have an interesting tale to tell, and know the wait will be worth it. ;-D
I was on vacation from March 2nd to March 12th, and therein lies a tale, or 2. ;-D
On March 2 I attended the Quality of Life Expo, and on the 4th, the Acura L.A. Bike Tour, both held in conjunction with the Los Angeles Marathon.
I attended, notebook, and camera, in hand, with the intention of writing about the experience on my BikeBlog, The Cycling Dude.
This resulted in my spending a week publishing a series of picture filled posts that begin with this one.
There was one experience that will be of interest to all those who support the Liberation of Afghanistan, and Iraq, and understand the danger that Radical Islam is to Western Civilization.
After the ride I went to Hollywood for the 1st time in several years, and encountered some very friendly protestors, on Bicycles, on Hollywood blvd., east of Vine, across the street from the Pantages Theatre.
Being an intersection with crowds of people, coming, and going, to the Theatre, or the Metro Red Line Train, there was a huge, semi-captive, audience to hear their message over a microphone. ;-D
Apparently an effort of people connected with BikeBoom Los Angeles, and Bike Out ( Go here, and here, to learn more about both. ), there were a dozen young radicals milling about when I showed up intending to get on the Metro to begin my journey home.
They had been there for an hour when I appeared, and my bike, with its sign, promoting my BikeBlog ( I crossed out the word RUN, and replaced it with BICYCLE, instead, hee, hee! ) drew them to me like bees to honey. ;-D
Apparently thinking I might be there to join them the guy with the microphone sticks it in my face, and asks me who I am.
So I tell him, and anyone within the 2 block range of my amplified voice, about my Blog, and about covering the Bike Tour.
They might have been surprised when I then said that that I was a Conservative Cyclist, and Republican, who disagreed with their cause, but supported their right to speak their piece.
Freedom, and the right to express one's opinion without fear of reprisal was one of the things that made America different from our enemies in the world.
They voiciferously echoed my sentiments, and it appeared they were showing approval for this surprisingly reasonable sounding "Rightwing Wacko ", hee, hee. ;-D
Then I fired off the Shot Heard Round the Block....
"Do you realize that if the Islamofascists had their way neither of us would be able to stand here expressing our views?"
Suddenly the microphone was gone, and there was a sudden need to prepare for the little protest ride they had gathered for.
A few minutes later they were gone. ;-D
One more thing that Conservatives should know.
If you are bicyclist, you are not alone! ;-D
It is a sure bet that radio stations will have booths at Expos like the one I attended, and maybe a Campaign on behalf of a local, state, or Presidential candidate, as well.
While I was not surprised to find a booth promoting Obama, the Radio station I found made me laugh out loud in delite. ;-D
I am not the only Conservative Cyclist out there on the street, or in the BikeBlogosphere, and so seeing the local affiliate that carries Hugh Hewitt, Bill Bennett, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Prager, Mike Gallagher, Michael Medved, and Michael Savage, set up a booth in such a place should not be such a surprise to anyone.
To all those who think that such a spectacle is the equivalent of finding a MoveOn.org booth at a National Rifle Association Convention, I can only say... take a deep breath, calm down, and RELAX already!
This is the station's 3rd year at the Expo, and one person manning the booth told me of at least one station employee who commutes quite a way to, and from, work, by bike.
As bicyclists we have much in common, and cyclists of my, um, persuasion, have much to share, and say, about our shared recreational, and commuting, activity that cyclists of all varieties have shown me, over 4 years, they like, and agree with.
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