So far I’ve made it a point to avoid blogging about work… not because I don’t like work, but because this is supposed to a personal, write-about-whatever-I-want blog. But in the past 24 hours the most interesting thing that’s happened to me in quite some time happened at work. You may have seen this video already, but just in case you haven’t… check this out: Bears Invade WNEP Backyard
Back? Good. Here’s one of our best photos of the bear, taken by Sharla McBride:
It was probably the closest I’ve ever been to a wild bear. Fortunately, there was a glass wall between us. And it made for great television. We had planned to run some political stories in the block after weather, but we made the split second decision that bears are far more interesting than politics. Turns out, we were right. This video is everywhere. We sent it to the network and POOF! we were on GMA this morning. Papa Dish snapped this picture when he saw us on the local NBC affiliate in Philadelphia:
It’s fun and kind of nerve-racking having gone viral. I’ve heard from some old friends today I haven’t heard from in a while, which was really awesome. It is strange being all over the place though – you never know where it’s going to pop up next.
Fortunately, no one was harmed, including the bears, and we haven’t seen them since we turned the lights off at 11:35 last night. Hopefully they’ll go back where they belong and live out their lives like we will. (If only they knew how many viewers they reached!)
Finally, today is Primary Election Day here in Pa. Go out and vote. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a “politics person,” the people we elect still make decisions that will affect you. Do a little bit of homework and take five minutes to cast a ballot. (I highly doubt there will be much of a line, based on the low turnout expected.) We’re lucky to have the right to choose our elected officials… so take advantage!
So that’s my soapbox sermon for today. Enjoy the bears… and the election coverage!