Well, it figures. It’s a day off from work, and I’m recovering from yesterday’s recovery from my New Year’s Eve hangover (yowch), so I didn’t bother at all with my hair or makeup. Washed my face, pulled my hair up, and called it done.
Naturally I got interviewed for TV news.
We were riding bikes downtown near the site of the proposed Westin hotel, and rode by a cameraman and anchor dude looking to get man-on-the-street interviews. (Update: It took some digging around on various TV news web sites to figure it out, but it must have been Marc Stewart from WSMV.) The news guy asked us as we rode by if we were from Nashville, and we said we were. He asked if we had any thoughts about the Westin, and I said that, yes, I thought it would be great to add to the tourism downtown but not at the expense of historical structures. He looked relieved and asked if I would be interviewed because I was the first articulate person he’d found.
Well, yeah, I suppose you’d be hard-pressed to find any Nashville residents hanging out on Lower Broad most of the time, unless you were looking for the homeless/busker angle, and it’s a chilly day so the odds are even lower. And not to stereotype, but the 2nd Avenue / Lower Broad attractions aren’t exactly fine culture. So yeah, as awful as I looked, I don’t think they cared about how my hair would look on camera. I cared, of course, but I also realized that it would be a chance to get the issue of historic preservation in front of the news viewing audience, and decided it would be worth my hair humiliation.
Anyway, he asked me the same question on camera with a few follow-up questions, and I tried to make statements supporting both downtown tourism and historical preservation. I worked in a mention of our historic near-downtown neighborhood, but they may edit that out, who knows.
Honestly, I hope in some miniscule way it helps further the dialogue about historic preservation and even the possibility of a downtown overlay, even if it is just evening filler on a slow news day.
Anyway. Nashvillians, look for me: I’m the articulate one with bad hair. 🙂