I’ve been told I’m a control freak, probably because I like to plan ahead. I usually prefer emails to phone calls and always, well, almost always, double-check my texts before pushing “send.”
So, when I agreed to a live radio interview about my book Steamboats and Ghost Crabs, I rehearsed in my head for days, just hoping I wouldn’t embarrass myself too much.
The problem is that I don’t get out much. Simple things can fluster me. I left home at 6:30 for a 45 minute drive to an 8:00 a.m. appointment. I used GPS so I wouldn’t get lost. I got there early and stopped at an Exxon near the station for the restroom and coffee. Then, I estimate that I spent about five minutes standing in front of the touch-screen coffee machine wondering how it worked. It’s the little things that get me.
Still, I made it to WXGM on time. I had already heard that Neal Steele is a great interviewer and makes his guests feel comfortable. It’s true, and I think everything went quite well. Here is the version my husband recorded from home with video.
Feeling pretty good about myself after the interview, I decided to take a big chance and drive home without using GPS. These are real place names. I did not make them up!
Somewhere south of the Piankatank,
I took a wrong turn after Fort Nonsense,
ending up near Squirrel Run and Chitlin Switch;
I’ve never been lost here before!