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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)

TITLE: Life Talk
By Paul Etterling


‘Life Talk Radio’ Transcript
Thursday, November 16, 2006

Announcer: “Today on ‘Life Talk’ our topic is ‘Lifeguards’. Now here is your host Mark M. Happy.”

Mark: “Welcome. Everyday, lifeguards are hard at work protecting and in some cases saving the lives of people. I want to hear from you. Have you had a personal encounter with a lifeguard? Are you a lifeguard? The phone lines are already lit up, but please keeping trying to call until you get through. Let’s go straight to the phone, caller number one, what is your name and where are you calling from?”

Caller: “Good morning, my name is Angel B. Guard.”

Mark: “Do you have a personal experience with a lifeguard?”

Caller: “Actually, I am a lifeguard.”

Mark: “Great! Thank you for all you do to protect people and save lives.”

Caller: “Oh, your thanks are appreciated but it is not necessary. This is not about me; it’s about the people I protect.”

Mark: “Well, that is an unusual opinion; doesn’t it make you proud when people complement you?”

Caller: “I do what I do because of the people. Many times what I do goes unnoticed.”

Mark: “Unnoticed? How can you sit up high on the lifeguard chair and go unnoticed? How can you protect and save people’s lives without being noticed?”

Caller: “I prefer to roam among the people. I don’t use a chair. I don’t even climb up into a lifeguard tower.”

Mark: “Doesn’t that pose a problem in being able to see all the people on the beach and in the water by being on the same level with them?”

Caller: “Not really.”

Mark: “You don’t see a problem with being on the same level with the people?”

Caller: “No. If I am needed, I will receive the call and instructions.”

Mark: “So you use a walkie talkie, cell phone, Blackberry?”

Caller: “No I don’t use anything like that.”

Mark: “Well, I must say that you are the most unusual caller I have ever talked with on this program. So, you don’t think that roaming among the people and not using the technology that is available to receive instructions poses a threat to the lives of the people you are protecting?”

Caller: “No.”

Mark: “So how many people have you lost because of your unconventional way of protecting people?”

Caller: “None. Actually I save hundreds of lives everyday?”

Mark: “Isn’t that a bit exaggerated?”

Caller: “No, if anything is a bit underestimated.”

Mark: “Underestimated? Are you kidding?”

Caller: “No.”

Mark: “So, let me get this straight. You don’t use a chair or tower. You prefer to roam among the people. You don’t use any technology to receive instructions or call for help. Yet, you say that you have never lost a life. Have you ever been admitted to a psych ward?”

Caller: “No. I am telling you the absolute truth.”

Mark: “OK. You have heard it here on ‘Life Talk’ radio. Angel, I am sure that my listeners find you to be most unusual. But thank you for your call. Would you like to give us any last comments before we go to break?”

Caller: “I just want to remind all of the listeners that everyday, there are thousands of lifeguards like myself watching over you. Even when you do not know we are there, we are watching out for you.”

Mark: “Thanks Angel for your call. Call back soon. For those of you who are holding on the phone, I will come to you right after this break.”

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Donna Powers 11/18/06
This was an interesting and amusing account of a guardian angel. I smiled when I read it. Nice job.
Joanne Sher 11/18/06
A very neat approach to the topic! I love all the little details you put in,and the format. A good read!
Jan Ackerson 11/18/06
Very clever!

A few punctuation problems, nothing major.

I can see this performed as a skit somewhere...lots of fun.