Girlfriend in Tacoma

May. 23, 2008 at 8:36am

me+early mornings=duuuuhr.

(wha happened?)

I did my early early oh god, way early morning chat with Marty Riemer and Jodi Brothers today.

6:30 is too early for my neurons and synapses to fire full force, so I left out about 92% of what I wanted to talk about.  It was a weird, karaoke-like feeling, having a mic in your face, being all on-the-spot and self conscious, like, oh hell, how many people will hear me being a dumbass?  --then afterwards, a few people came up and were aghast that I didn't mention 100th Monkey or SOTA, and I felt like telling 'em to piss off.  No, I didn't mention those things, and a host of other things that were/are cool about Tacoma.

So I put this out there:

if you had a mic in your face and were asked, on-air, "where would you advise a person who had, say, four hours in Tacoma, to go?"

(and bear in mind, you have a keyboard through which to formulate your thoughts...)

comments [12]  |  posted under on being dumb, radio, Tacoma


by KevinFreitas on 5/23/2008 @ 9:07am
Crap! I meant to try and snag a recording. Any chance we could hear your segment? Maybe they'll email you an MP3 or something. I knew I should've put this on my calendar when I heard about it.

Nevertheless, I'm sure you represented Tacoma well. I have no doubt.

by tacomachickadee on 5/23/2008 @ 9:09am
I'd likely stare blankly while trying to narrow all the options, and get a headache trying to decide between a an assorted flavors approach or just immerse them in one area. Too much to choose from! Too little time! (And at 6 a.m. without a keyboard ... too many reasons to be like a deer in headlights!)

You could easily spend 4 hours each different areas of downtown, at Point Defiance, along the waterfront and Old Town, in the Stadium/St. Helens area, etc. ... but none on their own represent Tacoma, but if you try to do them all in 4 hours, they won't really catch the flavor ... ack.

Can't we have 4 days?

by izenmania on 5/23/2008 @ 9:21am
Hm... for four hours I'd probably say Wright Park to downtown (or the other direction), IF they can keep their museum stays short... park, King's Books, museums, food somewhere.

by Heather on 5/23/2008 @ 9:58am
I would have to get up at 3 a.m. to even hope to answer a 6:30 question intelligently. I have trouble at 6:30 answering the question, do you want a cup of coffee? uuummm, uuuhhh...want sleep, want coffee??

And the 4 hour question is super tough and depends on the day of the week. The museums have a package deal on Wednesdays ($18 for all three), a person could spend an hour in each one without feeling like they had wasted too much money. But then you only have an hour left to spend downtown and you wouldn't have seen all of the other flavors of Tacoma (like Chickadee said). I always, without fail, take out of town visitors for a walk or drive along Ruston Way and a walk over the bridge of glass. Can you squeeze two meals and a cup of coffee into 4 hours? Rosewood, Satellite, Il Fiasco. oh, my, I've been staring off into space imagining the possibilities -- that would never work in a live interview. Uncle.

by dawntown on 5/23/2008 @ 10:18am
I heard ya gal! But you did manage to plug ye ol' Chalk Fest. Thanks!!
Hmm, for 4 hours...I have a cool view from my balcony near Wright Park, then maybe down to the park to check out the garden, then play a few matches of lawn bowling with the ol' timers, then down the street to grab a way cool, refreshing beverage at the Monsoon Room, then down to the costume shop on 6th street, then, grab a bite to eat and some libations at the new Hub restaurant, all on bike. Then back to my rooftop apt to watch the day ease into the night...

That's what I would do :)

by jcbetty on 5/23/2008 @ 4:25pm
Dawn, you made my day!! --excellent use of four hours, too!!

My own lame-ass response was, Pt Defiance (they said, zoo? I said, yeah, that's cool, but the trail cirtcuit is amazing, as is the rest of the park) --and then, I said, the Pac Ave region of downtown--bridge of glass, steps around UWT, all that stuff-- between the U, the Museums, Swiss and the amazing vistas (of a waterfront area that was once a toxic waste dump ecohazard), I think that's where you can really gain a good sense of old meets new-ness, gritty slut meets cleaned-up girl next door, that makes Tacoma so special...

even still, I get a weird sense that I left too much unsaid....bah, anyway :)

by jcbetty on 5/23/2008 @ 4:26pm
...of course, I was nowhere near as articulate when I said what I said on the radio... I need to see if they keep transcripts...(or whatever they're called with radio)

by jenyum on 5/23/2008 @ 4:44pm
Let me know if you get a copy of it! First morning I've slept past 6 all week. Naturally.

by jcbetty on 5/23/2008 @ 6:05pm
heh, hope you had a good lie-in!! --left emails. WIll let y'all know if we can do a "listen to Betty be an ass" party!

by jcbetty on 5/23/2008 @ 8:37pm
omg, I love my mom. She listened to the program. She said I sounded witty, awake, and intelligent; she said most of all she appreciated the sound of my laughter. I said, I laughed? She said, they said something, you laughed, and your personality shone through the laugh.

It made my day, my long day, and now I can sleep avec mon petite chien and place a serene, Madonna-esque smile on my face.

Because my momma approves of me, and I love her and what she's achieved, and I love my child and what she can achieve.

It's a very Disney "circle of life" kind of thing.

by tacomachickadee on 5/23/2008 @ 8:49pm

by Angela Jossy on 5/24/2008 @ 1:13am
That's an impossible question to answer at any hour IMO. To me, the best thing about Tacoma is the people so I'd have to throw a 4 hour local celeb gathering and make sure all the usual suspects were in attendance. If said party location overlooked some city landmark(s), park(s) or whathaveyou then such the better.

That said, I'm sure you were charming as always in your broadcast debut. I'd love to hear it if you get a copy.



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