About a week ago, when I was speaking at the banquet at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree (pencil it into your schedule for next year now!), I had an unusual experience. By the time I joined a bloggers panel the following morning (which, BTW, was blogged while we were still talking about blogging), Craig Manson (aka GeneaBlogie) had already blogged about the previous night, along with -- I have to say -- one of the kindest reviews of one of my talks ever. Among other things, Craig said:
"Megan's story of the search for Annie Moore may be the single most interesting discussion of solving an historical mystery that one may ever hear." (Thanks, Craig!)
At any rate, if you read the following, you'll find the incident referenced at the end:
Since then, several others have blogged it as well, so I thought I should offer my version of events! In a nutshell, what happened is that the battery pack from my lav mic went down my slacks while I was speaking! I didn't discover until I got up to speak that the hook was missing, so I tucked it in as best I could and hoped for the best.
I made it a fair way through the talk when my left leg started vibrating. It took me a bit to process what was happening, so I would love to have a photo at that exact instant. I'm sure my expression was perplexed to say the least! When it happened, I looked down at my leg and spotted the battery pack on the floor next to my foot. Then it suddenly all made sense. OK, so what do to?
Well, I decided there was no way I was going to bluff my way through this situation, so I simply announced to the audience what had happened. Thanks to Craig of GeneaBlogie, I know exactly what I said:
"My mike just slid into my pants! . . . Actually, kind of an interesting sensation!"
Fortunately, it turned out to be easy to fish the battery pack back up through my pants leg, so I did so as we all laughed and got back to Annie's tale! I have no idea how many talks I've done in the past and how many more I might do in the future, but somehow, I have a sneaking suspicion that this will remain one of the most memorable ever!