On Friday November 4, Jenn and I embarked on an adventure going down to Kearny Mesa in order to display some of the Bamboo Buddy products on the channel 9 KUSI news. From the beginning of the day we knew it was going to be eventful. When we first got to the station we were met by a locked door and then an adventure trying to get through a barbed wire gate. We were finally able to get into the actual staion where we were met by the immediate kindness and enthusiasm of Shamroc. Shamroc invited us into the news break room where we were “welcome to any bagels we would like.” He then told us we were allowed to bring our car around back so we could unload the tiki bar we had broguht. Jenn and I approached the gate only to discover there was no visible button on the inside of the gate to let us out. Faced with this problem we decided if we made enough movement in front of it the gate would eventually open. We jumped and ran and pulled on the gate only to be met with no results. Suddenly a gardener came around the corner and we flagged him down to ask if he could push the button on the outside of the fence. He looked at us as if we were stupid and informed us very stoically “there is a button on your side, on that box”. After we were able to calm ourselves down after laughing so hard we were able to get and get back into the station to set up.
The other people involved in our segment were all running a little bit late and arrived only 10 minutes prior to the airing time! This caused mass havoic as everyone scrambled to set up and determine who was going to be talking. To top all of this off, there was a goat. Yes, you heard me correctly a goat named Melly was also going to star in the segment. Oh, and to top it all off it was raining.
BUT, in the end, the news segment was a success and our tiki bar got awesome exposure (as it served as the table for a smoothie and food demonstrations).
After the news segment successfully wrapped up Jenn and I took off on another mission. We were to pick up some bamboo boards from a printer in Mira Mar. This was a seemingly simple task but it was turning out that with us nothing would be. When we arrived at what we thought was the warehouse we walked in and politely asked for Frank. Two men were standing together and one of them turned to the other and asked “do you wanna be Frank today?” After some joking around between the two men they revealed to us that they were a school and they had no clue where we would be picking up the boards. We were finally able to located Frank at the warehouse directly next door and obtain the order of bamboo boards. But, have no fear it wasn’t a simple process. Frank started to ask us questions about whether or not we were taking all of the boards or leaving some for later. Figuring out what he was saying was not an easy task. Neither Jenn nor I were very good at understanding people with accents, and Frank’s was extremely thick.
We were beginning to discover that every trip this day would be slightly out of the ordinary, but that’s what keeps life exciting right?
Oh, and this is Shamroc.