One of the things I love about being AMERICAN is our pop culture television history because it equates to story. And we begin to tell our stories in story reference. How many times have you ever heard in the back of your mind - A Three Hour Tour . . . and yes, I know you just sang that part.
I've used everything from Mayberry to Star-trek and back in story reference. And there are certain images snap frozen in my mind from the time I sat in a little rocking chair holding a bear or my one doll (I'm loyal to the bone) and rocking in front of our BLACK AND WHITE tiny box in a pine-paneled tiny den. Life was simple. On AIR - Off AIR
MORNINGS were Captain Kangaroo and The Three Stooges. Nights were whatever my mother watched before I went to bed. Once a week there was a show on that I was drawn to without reason. It was HAVE GUN - WILL TRAVEL and even at three years old I KNEW that it was supercool. My little vibes were locked onto a chess piece for a classy logo? Check. Cool man's name - PALADIN. Check. . UNIFORM all BLACK , Check. Fighting the bad guys for the good guys. Check. What more could a three year old want? And, it never made me want a horse like the one he was riding. Never made me want a gun like he was carrying. But all those other things - a chess piece, a black suit and to fight evil. Check, check, check. OH YES - and A BUSINESS CARD. I have a strange attraction to business cards.
So as I was thinking of drumming up some extra money for things like, oh, I don't know - let's just say Latte's, I thought of that card. "Why, that's what I need," I thought, "A chess piece business card." The old have it and will pack it. And I know there's one thing I do have. No gun attached to me at the moment and everyone knows I prefer riding a donkey but I do have STORIES and I CAN TRAVEL and have been known to clock more miles on the road than Paladin did on that horse in three years on the air.
Which led Cousin DEB who is obsessed with my well being to begin to give me advice about getting my latte bucks.
"You should be a TRAVEL writer because you would be GREAT at that."
"Really. You know how you see things other people don't and you can talk to people everywhere and you would write things no body else would write and everyone would want to go to those places."
"So why don't you do that because you would be just GREAT at it. Your just PERF for that.?"
"Ok, Deb. I'm going to just pick up the phone to Nat Geo and say put me in coach. Or, LONELY PLANET, TRAVEL AND LEISURE, STUCK IN THE AIR READING THE MAGAZINE IN THE SEAT PEOPLE AND WILLIAM SHATNER
AND I should have all the latte bucks I need in the bank by the time the stock market closes."
Fact is, if you haven't been cultivating travel writer connections all of your life or know William Shatner personally or Richard Branson or Brad Kelly then it's not so easy. I know folks who know folks but that still doesn't potentially get you globe-trotting passport in hand and some of those latte bucks spent on a new hair-do that says - HAVE STORY - WILL TRAVEL
But - if you happen to know Banson, Shatner or Mr. Kelly - by all means - toss me a bone. You know, like I said, I'm loyal and the day I can do you a solid - I sure will. Heck, fact is, I'd do you a solid anyway.