Earlier today I was on a nationally syndicated sports radio show.
All because I have one hand.
See, I was listening to Jay Mohr Sports and they were talking about a story wherein a zoo is no longer feeding bananas to monkeys because they say the bananas have too much sugar and calories. Sports! Jay was saying how he’s never gone to a zoo and seen fat monkeys just laying around holding their bellies, so, I sent this tweet:
— Ryan Haack (@LivingOneHanded) January 15, 2014
Apparently, after I left my car to return to work, Jay read my tweet. Brad tweeted at me that Jay wanted to know if I really had one hand and that I should call in. I had a little time left on my lunch, so I did. And this happened:
So, 4 million listeners heard that. AND I’m getting a gift card! Sweet. A couple things stuck out to me after having listened to this. First, even I don’t know what I meant when I said, “You know how that goes.” It was the most mundane accident ever. The part I loved, though, was when Jay tried to ask me about my arm. The dude is a comedian…I don’t think I’ve ever heard him be so careful about his word choice before in my life. I was happy to jump in and help diffuse the situation.
I also thought his reaction to my story was interesting. Like, I only have one arm and I broke the small one…what a disaster! When, in fact, it would have been worse if I had broken the other one! He essentially played the Hand Card for me, too! Classic.
In retrospect, I wish I had said something more profound, but it was spur of the moment and I just went with the flow. It was cool to be a part of the show and to expose Jay’s audience to Living One-Handed. I’ve already had several people read one of my most challenging posts and respond positively, which is awesome.
In the big scheme of things, the experience today wasn’t life-altering or anything, but it was a lot of fun.
And next time I’ll talk about something more inspiring.
Like the Packers.