Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Selling out

Today I was interviewed on our local public radio station for an upcoming triathlon. It's a long story, but there's been a brewing rift between triathletes and cyclists in Corpus and some generous and wise souls felt that inviting one another to the marketing of our events, co-promoting our clubs would help heal that. It's really not a bad idea, one that I was totally happy to lend my time and lovely radio voice to.

Fast forward to this afternoon's community calendar break in an otherwise steady stream of classical music between the morning commute's All Things Considered and the evening's Fresh Air. I spent the night formulating and prioritizing my talking points, which were as follows:

1. The teams mission to include the proper pronunciation and scientific explanation of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
2. Promotion of the team's website and sponsors
3. Support for and relation to our sister club, the aforementioned triathloning STARRS (S. Texas Area Runners Riders and Swimmers)
4. Appeal for community support for cyclists with an overly rehearsed explanation of how our success and the city's vitality were intertwined

Luckily I was able to stave off choking just long enough to forgo all of the above and just sell out. I made the following points instead:

1. I started racing mountain and road bikes at age fifteen (last year was the first I raced road bikes; this lie was a freak accident)
2. There are old guys on the team that are faster than me
3. Corpus Christi drivers are "courteous"

If I'm ever invited back maybe I can confess to unpaid taxes or lie about being a child actor for diaper commercials. The radio station was neat, though, and it was a delight to meet, what are for me, local celebrities.