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September 26, 2006

I’m an Eggspert.

Or so the news industry thinks. A nice lady from an outfit that produces soft news stories for CBS called me last week. She found me via my blog and asked me questions about shopping through online portals. This is something I do know a little about, so she asked me to do a TV interview.

“Oh, a crew will just come to your house and. . .”

“No. I’m happy to film outside or I can come to you.” Anyone who knows me knows why I refused.

CBS’s Studios are two blocks from my house so that was the most obvious solution.

I usually worry more about TV interviews, but I was amused this time and didn’t spend hours freaking out over what shirt to wear or my hairline. (Miles and points? Now I’m an expert on miles and points!) CBS studios have deeply irritating security, involving entering license information into a computer and taking a picture. I don’t really do paranoia very well, and then the waiting area had about 12 TV screens. Most tuned to “The Price is Right.” I don’t even have one working TV in my home, so I pulled out knitting to try and tune it all out. The most disturbing thing was watching the security guard get completely involved in the game show and cheer on the contestants. Does he do that all day?

Once the interviewer, a personable young woman named Mary, came to the reception area, things got much better. I was interviewed in the Eric Sevareid room; a small, narrow black room with a director’s chair where the interviewee sits. It was Mary, myself and a cameraman. The oddest sensation was when the strong lights were trained on me and I had the strangest sensation, much as at the ophthalmologist’s, of being able to see the blood vessels in my eyeballs reflected in my glasses.

The interview was about 10 questions and lasted about that many minutes. Of the questions were on general use of online portals and when I’ve used them – I told them about the Russian trip – and some basic strategies. I redid a few answers when I lost my train of thought in the middle of a sentence. We took a few action shots for introduction of me sitting at a computer pointing and clicking and then it was done.

Mary said it should be on CBS in about two weeks. Luckily, I don’t have a working TV.

Posted by Leigh Witchel at September 26, 2006 11:34 PM

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Which CBS show should we watch for you on? And is it national or just local?

Posted by: Anonymous at September 27, 2006 2:19 AM

I have a TV! I'd love to see you on that TV--it'd be a big improvement on what is usually on the TV. Make sure you let us know when you are on, date, show, and time...

Posted by: Connie Foster at September 30, 2006 11:37 PM

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