Friday, November 12, 2010

Crib Sheet Comfort

     Well Company, I don't like to talk about the Big Dave and Company Podcast here all that much, other than to trumpet the new and wonderful things going on there, but I am going to take a little bit of time to talk about it today.  I don't know if you noticed but yesterday we had another almost-award winning podcast come out, called the Unscripted Veteran's Day Special.  The reason that we called it that was because it came out on Veteran's Day, and we did it unscripted because I lost the crib sheets that we usually use moments before the show and we had to make it up as we went along.
     Now, for those of you who are unfamiliar with how the Podcast works, it is never scripted work for word, but we always have a little bit of a crib sheet to follow along to keep some resemblance of order to the thing.  I use it to keep on time, to know what we are going to talk about in general, and who the sponsors are, etc.  And we always have a sort of ridiculous news article.  Generally though, most of it is unscripted, and we make it up as we go along.  So it is not like we are unused to winging things on the World Wide Interweb.  But I have to admit, the Unscripted Veteran's Day Special scared the shit out of me.
     That is right.  I am admitting to the world and all my Company that I was shaking in my boots with the fur when I realized we were going almost live with no net.  No nothing.  Just whatever we could come up with off the top of our heads.  I was scared because I thought for sure it would be an unmitigated, unfunny flop of a podcast.  And it might be.  I never listen.  But I think that maybe it was alright, and hopefully it was worthy of honoring those who have served and are currently serving our country.  And I will probably always be scared when I think about this particular podcast, because I won't be listening to it I am sure.  I like to think I didn't stutter all that badly, or mess up too much, and Mike-a-licious did a fantastic job of keeping things moving along.  So maybe it was okay.  But I haven't felt that kind of feat in front of the microphone since the first time or two.  It was kind of nice to feel again, to keep my grounded.  But I think I am ready to go back to crib sheet comfort.

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