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I oughta be in pictures

Social media postings throughout the day chronicled my survival of the Big Eddy Challenge.
Photos by Bizzy Coy

September 21, 2016

Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout the Upper Delaware region, but for the past few days, I’ve been in front of the cameras, actively participating in the events that I attended and for much of those days, the subject of social networking while others took the photos, posting them online for all the world to see.

While these snapshots make it appear that I’m happy to be in the pictures, in reality I was angst-ridden the entire time, since I’m never happy with the way I look and uncomfortable in front of the lens. Even back in the day when I was actively appearing in film and television, I squirmed when forced to observe myself on camera. I plan to remain in the background for the rest of the year, preferring instead to continue asking you all to “smile for the camera!” as the Wonder Dog and I traverse the Catskills searching for “Kodak Moments.” While I’m on the subject of my dog, who is photographed constantly while representing the award-winning River Reporter: even she became a bit camera-shy over the weekend. Flashbulbs popped in her adorable face non-stop, making it appear that she was the star of the show, which couldn’t be farther (further?) from the truth—but don’t tell her; she’s even more sensitive than I am.

In last week’s column, I referred to the upcoming “Country Cares for St. Jude Radiothon,” sponsored by the folks at Thunder 102. In the past few years Thunder 102 has come to be considered the most popular country station (www.thunder102.com) in New York State, reaching tens of thousands every day, resulting in the most successful St. Jude fundraiser to date. Dharma and I put in more than 15 hours on-air in an effort to raise funds and awareness in the fight against childhood cancer. Along with the staff and scores of volunteers, we raised more than $75,000. Of course, none of this would have been possible without you, so once again, the pictures aren’t entirely accurate, and the success of the event has very little to do with me. The fight never ends, even when we go off the air, and you can still contribute to this worthy cause by visiting the website and clicking on the St. Jude logo. (Also see item on page 6.)