Orchids and my narcissistic minute of fame

We went to the orchid show at the Chicago Botanic Gardens today. A ritual at this time of year– our birthdays and anniversary— to purchase at least one stunning and celebratory orchid (actually all orchids are pretty stunning and celebratory).

As we were exploring the exotic and astounding orchids before us, a woman with a microphone appeared before me and asked if I would answer a few questions about orchids. “Sure,” I said. It was WGN Channel 9, a local channel.

And so, at 9:00 tonight I was on the news talking about how fantastic orchids are. The hardest part about all of this was that in order to view the segment they shot today, I had to sit through 18 minutes of the 9:00 news. Stories abounded about missing persons, unsolved murders, and possible job loss in Joliet, before even a mention of Libya and national politics. In fact, the story about the orchid show came in between Libya and President Obama’s slated speech tomorrow. A strange and surreal hierarchy of news stacking.

The orchid segment was on before any news of Japan and its impending tainted water crisis, and before the story of the death of Geraldine Ferraro, protests in Syria, the war in Afghanistan. But with 10 minutes left, there was probably only enough time to talk about the 2500 rubber ducks stolen in Yorkville and the full details about the Mega Millions Lottery jackpot dreams. However, I’m not sure, because after my narcissistic minute of fame, I turned off the TV and went to bed.

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