Tuesday, April 29th, 2003.
Standing at the corner of 6th and Morrison, I was the only person around for three blocks. I anxiously awaited the 5:50 train to take me to the Portland airport.
To my amazement, I was off to New York City to do the biggest interview of my life. In less than 24 hours, I would appear on the CBS Early Show before an audience of five million people to talk about my new book, HELLO, my name is Scott.
Suffice it to say, I was FREAKING out.
In my left hand: an overnight suitcase full of books.
In my right hand: a copy of the USA Today.
And as the habitual Portland mist smeared the fresh ink on my paper, I read through several of the day’s headlines.
Let me share with you – word for word – what they said:
1. Identity theft cases rise this month
2. 75 million Americans living without health insurance
3. Luther Vandross catches pneumonia after stroke
4. SARS outbreak troubles China workers
5. The end of Buffy feels like a dagger to the heart
6. War letters from the Iraqi front lines
7. Cost of AIDS drugs for poor nations
8. Studies find disturbing amounts of contamination in lettuce
9. Hubble telescope catches approaching storm of turbulent gases
10.Man wears nametag 24-7 for a friendlier society
What’s wrong with this picture?
Actually, I should say, “What’s right with this picture?”
Because that exact moment, my 23 year-old mind realized something:
Oh. My. God. This is it. This is what I’m supposed to do with my life.
This is how I will make a name for myself.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What was the greatest day of your life?
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Author/Speaker/That Guy with the Nametag