Isn't the internet something?

Wow, all of a sudden I've gone from broadcasting to Southwest Virginia to going around the country, even the world (where a Croatian newspaper said I was head of the station- hello promotion! someone better warn my boss! :)

Maybe you saw it that Saturday morning more than 3-weeks ago, maybe you've seen it since?  It's about a Northern Virginia cat owner who is helping her furry friend lose weight by taking her to the spa for swimming.  The video shows a cat. IN a lifejacket.  At that point, I get the giggles on live tv. I'm not sure if it has ever happened to you, where you try to stop laughing, but it builds and builds, and well, before you know it you can barely breathe?  Now- imagine that scenario, but on LIVE tv.  Yep, that's my 30-seconds of "fame." Oh, the topper? At the end, it comes back to me, on camera where I snort (yes, snort- OY!!) and slap the desk.

Since the video went viral I've had people from all over the country comment how I hate overweight people, fat cats, the sick, exercise, how I could use more exercise, etc., etc., etc. - you name it, it has been sent to me.

First off, I wasn't making fun of this cat, people or anyone.  A cat in a lifejacket is unusual (really, when is the last time your cat put on a life jacket and went for a swim?) Secondly, the copy indicated the cat dislikes physical activity.  People, as a cat owner, I can tell you that is nearly every cat in the world.  The look on the kitty's face was not joy.  And the topper, after 6-months of what must be torture for this little thing, she's only lost one-pound.  It seems a bit unfair, no?  But, I trust that this cat's owner knows best (once again, I did not put this animal in the water.)

As for me, an important "What Not to Wear" moment - if you've got a chest, do NOT wear a flowy top, especially if you're only being seen from the waist up -oh, and button your jacket.  Memo received, memorized, processed, etc.

For those who live in the Roanoke Valley, you know the 'DBJ weekend morning show is a place for news, sports, weather and a little fun.  This was a segment near the end of an hour-long show.  In no way did I mean any disrespect to the viewers, cats, their owners or anyone battling their weight.  Please forgive me if you were offended by this video.  That was not my intent.

~sjb