Monday, February 5, 2007

Place D'Orleans and the madhouse that is Toys For Boys.

Last year we set a record for attendance at a live commercial during a Toys For Boys event. I think about 700 people came by that one. On Saturday, (I don't know for sure), but I think we broke the 1,000 people mark. We printed 2,000 bonus codes, just in case, and we went through at least half. This platinum nation thing is getting an unbelievable response, and it's great to see.

We had every single prize in the prize package on display in the mall. Well, except the "beer for a year" and the freezer full of red meat. But we DID have the $10,000 shopping spree at Place D'Orleans on display. It looked to me like nine giant shopping bags full of tissue paper. I hope that whoever wins Toys for Boys finds something better to buy than really expensive tissue paper.

I love events like this, because you get to meet so many people all at once. But it gets crazy. By the end, I had absolutely no time to prepare my cut-ins, and I sounded like crap. In fact, when there are that many people coming by for bonus codes and such, I was actually talking to people right up until the second I was on the air.

And that's fine. I don't mind people trying to talk to me really quickly to grab a code while I'm about to go on the air. And most people understand that when I have the microphone in my hand I don't have a lot of time to chat. But there was one woman who didn't quite get it.

I was about to start speaking, listening on the headphones for my cue, when this woman approached the podium from which we broadcast. She began to ask a question, but I couldn't respond, because I was seconds away from being live on the air. I held up my finger to say "just one second", and she pushed my hand out of the way! I turned away to speak because I heard the cue, and she pushed the microphone out of my hand as well. She was staring at me as though I was being extremely rude, even as I spun away and began the cut-in.

The vast majority of people are terrific, and I love meeting everyone that comes out to our events. But some people just don't get it, and this woman wasn't a listener. She was just walking through the mall and wanted to know what was going on.

It reminds me of the time I was doing play-by-play for the Ottawa Raiders, the women's pro hockey team here in Ottawa. I was working for CKDJ, the Algonquin College station, and we were broadcasting live from the Barbara Ann Scott arena. There was a guy who came up while I was doing live play-by-play and started asking about season's tickets. Our guys were trying to take him aside and answer his questions, but he was insistent on talking to me about it, despite the fact that I was in the middle of a broadcast. He started to yell at me, and we had to cut to a commercial in the middle of the play, because he was going to get more swear words on the air than we wanted to broadcast. He was FURIOUS! Fortunately, there were enough big guys in the rink to escort him out, because I was very close to getting into a fight live on the air.

And they don't even serve beer at the Barbara Ann!


  1. Yes, it has taken off (The Nation that is...), however with such an opporunistic time, where is the leader? Why isn't the leader out there on the "Beaten" path, preaching to the non-believers about the Nation and how it will some day drive everyday life decisions?

  2. Well, not to sound like sour grapes or anything, but it's clear to me that the nation made the wrong choice for leader. Not so much that Carly is doing a poor job, but I would have been the natural choice since I am out there anyway. I could be creating bonus codes, educating the public, and so forth without doing a single thing different. Unfortunately, Carly would have to go out of her way, and I respect, to a degree, the level of laziness that goes into her not eanting to do that.

  3. I will agree with you on that one. At least then, valuable time would not be wasted playing guitar hero....

    What a lame-ass game. Sorry, i just can't see the fun in this, unless you are absolutely liquored up and already have a love of the strings.. I am not a guitar player nor am i liquored right now, hence in all probability the one-sided view. I would have done the same as Randall did this morning.. Not even trying..

    I have been hesitant to get a game player, simply because i would end up spending too much time sitting in front of the TV, playing games.. The last player i actually owned was the atari 2600.. Perhaps when i get my rec room completed this year with the plasma i will buy (Already marked off on the calendar... Boxing day 2007!!!!), will i go ahead and buy a game player... We'll see........

  4. Nice! Plasma...yeah, I can think of better things to do with a plasma than play video games. In fact, I have never played video games in my life, and I actually hate them, just like Randall. But once everyone got into Guitar Hero at my place over the weekend, and I started to understand it, I was hooked. Who knew?