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Airwave Pandemonium

With my recorder I pursued my quest This assignment seemed like a courage test That’s why my boss sent me Knowing that fearless I’d be Covering this race brought such happiness Hundreds of hot air balloons in the sky Conducted the interview one mile high But now as I reflect What I didn’t expect Was the loud blast that made the balloon fly I thought it would be quiet as we flew Over Doak Stadium up in the blue The radio report Ended up running short When the pilot spoke, the hot air did spew Every thirty seconds or so -- a blast Interview literally filled with gas The edited version From this fun excursion Left our radio listeners aghast But viewing Chief Osceola’s emblem From high above the football stadium A sight I’ll not forget I have just one regret Creating airwave pandemonium * As a radio reporter I was assigned to cover the Tallahassee Annual Hot Air Balloon Race. We flew over Florida State University’s football stadium and it was a great view from the air. But I had to edit out each blast of air when producing the report for Florida Public Radio. Talk about a choppy radio report. I should have interviewed the pilot BEFORE we took off. Duh! Ignorance was my plea to the news director -- I was later sentenced to ground duty. July 20, 2011 Entry for Francine’s “Happiness is a Balloon” contest Written by Carolyn Devonshire

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Date: 8/3/2011 1:08:00 PM
A winning congratulations! Caryl
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Date: 7/29/2011 5:57:00 PM
Great win with this poem. I wish I had been up there with you. Mike
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Date: 7/29/2011 4:00:00 PM
ha! sounds like a fun ride. hope the pilot gave you some stellar quotes for your report. (i didn't realize that balloons were noisy like that!) congratulations on your win Carolyn :)
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Date: 7/29/2011 2:10:00 PM
What a great poem... sounds like something I would do.! Lee
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Date: 7/29/2011 1:54:00 PM
Congrats Carolyn on your win....this one is unique.
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Date: 7/29/2011 1:42:00 PM
LOL, sounds like you had a gas : ) Witty piece, my friend
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Date: 7/29/2011 10:18:00 AM
Congrats on your win, Carolyn. Outstanding piece. Thanks for your comments on my recent win. Have a super weekend. luv Ralph
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Date: 7/29/2011 8:45:00 AM
I have always dreamed of flying in a hot-air baloon. Thanks for the ride. Great poem. Many congrats on your SUPER WIN, Carolyn. Lainie
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Date: 7/29/2011 7:41:00 AM
Congratulations for your win in Francine's "Balloon" contest Carolyn. Love, Carol
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Date: 7/28/2011 11:35:00 PM
Great story Carolyn. Reminds me of that Radio station sitcom where the manager and dumb salesman dropped live turkeys out of an airplane as a publicity stunt. Their excuse they thought they could fly. I can see where this would make a tough interview. Love, Joyce
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Date: 7/28/2011 11:25:00 PM
I hope you have pictures! What a neat assignment and equally neat poem to record the event! Congratulations!
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Date: 7/28/2011 11:01:00 PM
congrats Carolyn on your 8th place win in the contest with this great entry
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Date: 7/21/2011 11:38:00 AM
Mein Got in Hindenbergen!Too bad about being grounded. Sounds like a memorable experience made it all worth while. Love, daver
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Date: 7/21/2011 10:26:00 AM
Reads like a winnning work..Good luck with this real life adventure...I have given a hot air balloon ride some thought but I would probably have to take a boat load of barf bags..Thanks for stopping by..Our son living here is not easy..I usually like to get quiet or soft music or out on the porch to write or get the general thoughts down before the serious work of putting it to the from and I have not had a quiet moment in two weeks until yesterday..Sara
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Date: 7/20/2011 9:43:00 PM
YOu had quite a working history, Carolyn. Cool story. You must have hit "haiku" by mistake on these limericks. Way to do the contest!
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Date: 7/20/2011 7:13:00 PM
What a great theme for this contest Carolyn! Your true stories are better than fictional ones most of us would have to make up for it. Cool! must have been a great experieince. I will maybe someday try it. And look who is talking about going away on my comments! I missed you, your poems and comments. And I worry bout you folks when you stop writing. (I can and am allowed but you are not!) :) so glad to see you back, Carolyn
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Date: 7/20/2011 6:56:00 PM
Very nice description of that pandemonium.Best wishes.PS:Please check the FORM Carolyn.I think it is Limerick.
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Date: 7/20/2011 5:29:00 PM
WoW! Great little write here my friend. I loved the imagery. Bet it was quite the interview. One you'll never forget. God Bless, JB
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