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Open Thread: So, How’d I Do?

8:17 AM PDT on October 18, 2013

Click on the image to go to the video.

(Note: First, read this story in the Los Angeles Times interviewing me.)

A couple of weeks ago, Carla Hall, an opinion writer at the Los Angeles Times asked if I would sit down with her for an interview. While Hall and I have gotten along pretty well, and I was gushing over the Times' approach to cycling on its opinion page, I was wary. After all, the first time I ever wrote about Hall, it's just possible I could have been nicer.

But, as I pointed out to her, Steve Hymon made me do it.

In the end, we had a spirited two-hour conversation and she invited me down the the Times' for an on-camera interview to go with her piece. There, a nice woman threatened to rap me on the fingers if I didn't behave, and I got a taste of what a traditional news room looks like, complete with a cast of characters huddled around a computer screen trying to make sense out of something that had happened in City Hall.

But while I had a wonderful time and got to make my family proud by being featured in the Los Angeles Times, the real measure of the experience is how well I did making my points and what points I chose to push. Streetsblog is not the Times and vice versa, so for many people this might be the only time I have a chance to reach them.

Which leads me to one question, and one only all of you can answer: How'd I do?

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