What it’s like to be interview by Republicans: About my Radio Interview

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this ….)

It really wasn’t bad. My friend, Lydia Bishop, set the whole thing up and she sent me the script for the questions ahead of time. So, I knew what was coming.

What happened that day was that the time for the interview coincided with the time of my daughter’s soccer game. Sooo…I had to do it by cell phone. And at the appointed time, I had to excuse myself to the car, so I could actually talk to them. Strange feeling, watching your daughter’s soccer game in front of you, and knowing that at that same moment, your voice is being heard live on the radio, way across the country…

The strangest thing that happened was that about ten minutes into the soccer game, I got stung by a bee. You heard right, a BEE! In late November!!! Got stung right on the neck.

Hadn’t been stung by a bee in years….twenty? I can’t even remember. I’ve never had a bad reaction before to a bee sting, but it’d been so long that what could I actually expect? Heck, my Mom tends to swell up like a balloon, and so I was a little concerned…

Sooo, I rushed home and swigged a ton of Benadryl, just to be safe. And the point of this is that by the time the interview came along, the Benadryl was kicking in, and I was loopy, loopy, loopy…

You can tell it at one point, because I totally lose my ability to speak…I just stumble over the words for a second there. It seemed like an eternity.

So, it wasn’t the best interview ever given.

But, neither was it an ambush, as some of you, my liberal friends, suggested. I pretty much knew it wouldn’t be. I got the sense that the the host of the show might have wanted to turn it that direction. But my friend, Lydia, was good at shooting down the middle.

The interview is up at the Republican Radio site, and you can hear it here .


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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