That all changed when I got an e-mail from my director buddy who was doing another video for my CEO Double.
We have a shoot in San Diego next week. Can you come and pretend to be Dan (not exec’s real name), he asked.
Remembering I had a blast on the standup scooter in Phoenix, I said yes and wondered what I’d gotten myself into.
“This time we’re gonna have you ride one of those bicycle taxis, except there won’t be any passengers,” he said.
I had a hard time visualizing this assignment, so all I could do the night before was send up a prayer to the Transportation Gods to spare me a broken ankle.
|At USS Midway. No idea what to expect.|
|Chris briefs crew on deck of USS Midway|
Then, we were off to the Segway store, where Rhonda gave me a quick course. (I was tempted to say “crash course.” Not a good idea.) I thought if senior citizens can ride one, so can I. Turns out it’s pretty easy and doesn’t require the balance of a gymnast. I can do this, I thought.
|Rhonda calibrates my Segway. Help me, Rhonda!|
Next location, Petco Park, where we discovered it’s best to take the thing out of Training mode because I was having trouble getting up a 3-degree incline. I actually had to perform an emergency dismount once. Embarrassing.
Anyway, there’s a beautiful plaza in front of the stadium, which I traversed over and over, stopping to whip out my smartphone to take a photo of the field. By now, I’d lost all pride and was oblivious to the curious stares of onlookers.
Last stop was Coronado Island, where I spent 45 minutes zooming up and down the sidewalk with the bay and skyline in the background. It was a beautiful day and I had a gentle breeze at my face. Nice work if you can get it! I have a photo to prove it.
|Smiling now, because it's over!|