Sorry about the autoplay. I have embedded the video from the local news and I can’t change the settings.

The day I donated my hair to Wigs For Kids my family and I went downtown to the studios of WKYC for an interview. I was scheduled to be interviewed during the 7pm newscast. I checked the weather before leaving home at 6pm to see if I could walk the dog after we came back. It said 10% chance of rain so the coast looked clear.

We got to the studio at 6:30pm and a few minutes later everything fell apart. WKYC as well as all the other news channels in Cleveland broke into regularly scheduled programming because of some tornado warnings. The warnings lasted all evening and my interview was canceled at about 6:50pm.

Nasty Weather

Nasty Weather

Crazy Rain

Crazy Rain

We headed home and it still wasn’t raining yet. During the drive we could see everything changing suddenly. The sky then opened up and it rained very heavily. We got home just before the worst of it hit. Not far from me there was pretty bad flooding, some areas receiving 6″/15cm of rain in two hours.

The interview was rescheduled for the following week.

The guy who was supposed to interview me, sportscaster Jim Donovan, was off the second time. He is a cancer survivor and was eager to talk about my Wigs For Kids work. In the end, Russ Mitchell stood in for him and did a great job.

I had never been in a TV studio before so the permanently-curious part of my brain was dazzled by all there was to see and learn. I was shocked at how few people it took to produce the local news. I also thought that weather people now talk in front of a huge TV instead of a green screen. Nope, it was still a green screen but on-screen graphics are now so good it looks realistic.

On The Set

On The Set

My aunt couldn’t join us the second time as my uncle had to be hospitalized that day. She really likes the local weatherwoman, Betsy Kling, and we asked her to do us a favor. My mom wrote the note and Betsy graciously held it up for a picture. It was a great spirits lifter considering the circumstances.

The Weathercaster Being An Awesome Sport

The Weathercaster Being An Awesome Sport

The interview went well, though at 2 minutes and 45 seconds it was not nearly enough time to go into any depth. I am typically a bit long-winded when talking about something I’m passionate about so I had to do my best to keep my answers concise.

It’s always a privilege to share my story in any capacity. I hope to inspire others to push their limits, reach for the stars, help others, and ask “why not?”

One of the crew members came up to me after the interview. He seemed quite comfortable and content with himself. He handed me a card and said “I carry these around with me to remind myself who I should be. If I follow these then I know I’ll be happy. Sometimes I hand them out to others, so here you go.”

Good Reminders

Good Reminders

What a cool guy and cool gesture! The more time I spend at home, the more I realize there are others here and everywhere on their own conscious pursuit of happiness. And each time I meet someone like that it makes me feel a bit happier and more optimistic about the world as a whole, because we are all doing what we can in our own way to raise the level of happiness around us.

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William Carving An Elephant

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A Male Lion Approaching

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