Here is a rough transcript of a conversation I had with Matthew Rainnie this morning at 8:00 a.m. (Matthew is the host of CBC Radio’s Main Street):
Matt: Hey, Peter, it’s Matt Rainnie. Hope I didn’t wake you up.
Peter: No, not at all. What’s up? Matthew Rainnie — who the hell is Matthew Rainnie? Where am I? What time is it? Was I sleeping? Who the hell is Matthew Rainnie?
Matt: Sorry for calling so early, man. I just wanted to see if we were going to be able to hook up with you today.
Peter: Oh, Matthew Rainnie. Yah. I’m in Boston. I was sleeping. I am now awake. Why am I so tired. Must sound intelligent. Must sound intelligent. Must sound capable of providing radio listeners with insight. Sure, yah, that would be great.
Matt: What time would be good for you?
Peter: Well… How does time work again? What time is it now? Holy shit, it’s 8:00 a.m. Time… Time… How about… How does that whole time zone thing work? I gotta get this right or he’ll know I’m still asleep… How about 1:00 p.m. your time?
Matt: You’re an hour behind us, right… how about 1:00 p.m. your time… what way Maritime Noon will be out of the studio.
Peter: Calculate… calculate… 1:00 p.m. my time is, oh yah, it’s just plain old 1:00 p.m. That sounds great.
Matt: Great, we’ll talk to you then…
Peter: Great. Who am I talking to again?
I have always prided myself on being one of those “even if they call me when I’m sound asleep, they won’t be able to tell” kind of guys, but I’m afraid I didn’t pull this off this morning.
Matthew Rainnie is not the devil, by the way. He’s very nice. Although I gotta say there was a brief period at the beginning of our phone call when I thought he was a motivational speaker from Tyne Valley. That was confusing.
Tune in to Main Street this afternoon (streamable from here) to hear the rest of the story…