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Conan O'Brien, the launch, and warp speed Ensign.

by Stephanie Stricklen

Posted on March 23, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:42 PM

Man, these past two weeks went by at a blinding speed. We had studio rehearsals on a number of days prior to launch-- which took a big chunk out of everyone's day, mine included. You have to do rehearsals to check every last little thing: do the mics work, the teleprompter, the robotic cameras (Answer: sort of. We had one that had a mind of its own and would just start twirling about. I call that one HAL. The other Live @ 7 camera I call Marvin, since I'm a Douglas Adams fan), and what about the printers? Does the mothership (the main studio) see our video? Are the computers networked? The list goes on and on.

But we did it. We pulled off a great launch with only a few minor bumps along the way. And the show is so much fun to do down there. We're doing some of the segments outside, which I totally enjoy. People who stop by to watch are so fired up and enthusiastic. I've never done anything like this and am loving it.

I know some of you saw this because you emailed me, but I got to interview Conan O'Brien at the new studio, which was a riot. He walked in with a lean entourage (I was expecting lots of bossy people telling us what to do and when to do it and got nothing but easy-going attitudes from his two peeps). And the interview itself went great. He makes it easy, you know.

I posted this pic to Twitter and someone asked me if I photo-shopped his head or if it's really that big.


Yeah, it is. It's all those Harvard educated brains he's got. A boy need room for that much gray matter.

We got to talking about what kind of shows he's into. I asked him if he's a fan of my favorite show-- BSG (Battlestar Galactica). He says he's more of a History channel nerd who loves the old black and white historical footage. I'm usually glued to the Science channel myself, geeking out over the origins of the universe or cyborg implants that help blind people see again.. that kind of stuff.

Anyway, in retelling that conversation on twitter, a pal (@mattg) doctored the photo of me with Conan:


Tell me that's not genius! BSG fans, does that make me the 8th cylon?

Okay, that's it for now. Here's to a calmer week and more time to keep up on the blog. I'll leave you with some photos from the Dove Lewis Boutiques Unleashed fashion show fund raiser that I walked the runway for.


Beth from Tall Grass Photography took these.


I was the token preggo rockin' this little tunic dress from Bella's Bellies in Bridgeport Village. I walked with Tater.. the world's most adorable Jack Russell.


Tater belongs to my good friend Siobhan who tells me she was very impressed that Tater paid no attention to the goat that was in line to walk right behind us. Yup. Dove Lewis concluded the show with a goat on the runway! I love it!