Is this really happening?
Flying by and with The Seat of My Pants, I’m about to enter a new realm.
Big, great big breaths Jim…
Big gulps and a new adventure.
This thing here?
These little notes like the one you’re reading now?
They are going to keep coming.
Today, I’m on location. The television show that I’m writing and hosting is shooting its first episode. It’s called Behind the Scenes and is being produced for Eastlink Community Cable by Seat of My Pants Productions.
On the show, we bring you the stories and the faces of the people in the places that that do essential work Behind the Scenes.
This is happening in large because of some action by frequent commenter Heather. She’s a regular reader and local spice merchant. Knowing Heather has made life for me a lot more spicy. She introduced me to Bill, the producer of the show. Bill and I hit it off and now, here we are.
So today? As you read this, we’re getting safety training. Me, the director, the producer, the crew. All of us. Safety first. We all want to come home. And I need the training.
On Wednesday, I’m greeting the Queen Mary when it comes to port here in Halifax and meeting the people who bring the cruise ships into port.
On Friday, I’m climbing a hundred and fifty foot tall ladder to the top of a suspension bridge to change a lightbulb. Weather permitting. That ladder goes one hundred and fifty feet, straight up, inside of one of the bridges towers. I’ll be working with the outstanding people who keep our bridges safe. They work really hard in pretty extreme conditions. the bridges are really tall.
I’m nervous. A climb one hundred and fifty feet straight up a ladder?
I’m going to need to see my osteopath. I’m going to be a mess of knots and nerves.
Even more terrifying than climbing a ladder is working creatively as a group.
I’m putting ideas out into the world on a collaborative project that’s both structured and improvisational.
I didn’t surf the last hurricane.
I haven’t been on a bike in a week.
This is a big wave, a steep trail and I’m screamin’ inside!
Do you ever find yourself so excited, so energized with both thrill and terror that your insides feel like a sparrow in a toilet with the lid closed?
That’s the feeling.
Ready for the ride?