“My strength is my enthusiasm.” ~Placido Domingo~
I told you that you were in store for Greta’s Wild Ride – you better have your seatbelts fastened. This post busted out of my little head after an interesting afternoon (hamster was running fast today). You know you want to read on:)
Today, Jeb Bruneau invite me to attend a “power lunch” with his Pelican Institute (which is all about government transparency woot woot). He thought it would be a good networking opportunity to promote my blog, radio show and Soldiers’ Angels. Yours truly headed out in my skirt, blouse and sandals to some type of lunch in New Orleans. No matter what, looking decent can’t hurt and first impressions are important (kind of like skiing – you can suck at it but looking good in ski clothes is all that matters). I found myself sitting in a room surrounded by an overwhelming amount of brain cells (you could see them in the air) with very smart and influential people who are either in political think tanks or make their living from politics. Yep, I think I could have drowned in there, but hopefully through osmosis soaked up a few things. I had to pay extra attention to what they were saying as this was waaaay out of my brain’s comfort zone. The situation reminded me of how well I can understand Spanish if I just stop and concentrate (though they were speaking the same language as me – UGH). Yay for me to not be totally clueless on any subject that were brought up. But to be able to give a briefing on anything – ya right bwahaha!
So this is where yours truly, in her Marsha Marsha Marsha world (hey it is my blog & my free therapy) stopped to think about what I could handle on air and what I could not. Never wanting to pretend to be something I’m not, my lack of political knowledge could quickly surface by taking on tougher topics. But that is OK, because that is not where I have to head and there are more than enough people locally who do that very well. I’m just your average person with a unique personality working towards having a radio show the masses could enjoy. Up until a few weeks ago, I did not touch politics or even current events on my show – just did straight community interviews and reporting. My “Sun Tzu mentor” has steered me in the direction of making the show about me just talking an bringing up interesting things that will engage an audience. He was basically talking about water cooler subjects that were hot button and would get listeners roped in. So the first week, bold and stupid me takes on race and politics in Louisiana. Phew – I made it and nobody was waiting for me as I exited the studio. Last week was all about the Tea Party movement and a pre-recorded interview with the director of Brothers at War. This week, I’ve decided to take on Freedom of Speech and lots of show prep still needs to be done. Today’s drowning among the “smart people” made me take inventory of my self – once again (this is getting old – and don’t mention age as there can be no possible way I turned 41 this week). Yes, mid-life crisis madness is still alive and well. So time to focus on my strengths (hope you do the same).
1. I’m a tiny person with a big mouth.
2. I have self confidence but am not cocky.
3. I am very opinionated and not afraid to tell you what I think.
4. I love politics, the news, the military (married it literally), and bleed red white and blue.
5. I lean right politically (I’m like Tammy Bruce when it comes to politics – go Google what she believes and you will know where I am).
6. I started as an Independent out of high school, but have been a registered Republican for many years now. I would be a libertarian if there weren’t so many idiots in the world.
7. I can appreciate opposing views and am not completely close-minded.
8. I’m hard working, quick-witted, not the dullest light in the tanning bed but not the brightest either (but that is fine by me).
9. I’m pretty likable but life is not a popularity contest.
10. I want to be on the airwaves MORE than ever – watch out New Orleans.
Yep, the wild ride continues and you are on it (love you for that) to see where I turn out. Cream always rises to the top – right?
I would also be remiss if I did not remind you for about the gazillionth time to listen to my radio show on Saturday morning from 9-10 central AM 690 WIST.