Clearly we have the knack for being in the right place (or wrong – depending on your perspective) at the right (or wrong) time.
Yesterday we went to Seaworld (that’s Science if you were wondering, hehe) and were standing around enjoying the polar bears…
…when a staff member approached us and asked us if we wanted to see the first footage from the baby polar bear cam. We of course jumped at the opportunity.
The catch was that our reactions would be captured by every media channel around the nation.
Even Mr Seaworld himself was there…what’s his name?…Trevor Long.
The media buzzed around the crowd for a while, getting footage and were then waiting for Nelson, the father polar bear, to dive into the water behind the shots. Nelson had other ideas. It was a cold, wet day and Nelson didn’t think much about their plans. I don’t blame him. But in all that waiting people got bored and drifted off, leaving pretty much just us who were patiently waiting to see what else would happen -not expecting what did happen!
With the ‘polar bear in the water’ shot failure, the news crew turned to those who remained for interviews. My two ‘chatty’ boys wouldn’t have a bar of it but their homeschooled friend, who I was looking after for the day, thought it was the most exciting thing to ever happen to her. I was very excited for her until they turned on me for an interview as well. That I could have done without.
Of course our ‘staying at Seaworld all day’ plans quickly changed to ‘rushing home before 4.30’ plans to catch the news…every channel. Yes we were interviewed and filmed by every station nationwide. So embarrassing.
Let me tell you that media is so fake. That’s the lesson we learned from this experience. They tell you how to pose, the kinds of things to say and how to say them even. It was a real eye opener.
But it sure makes for a great story and an added bonus to our day out at Seaworld – which ticks off Science, Media and Drama studies for the day…don’t you think? Hehehe.