Oh, those brave TV journalists, risking life, limb and being caught outside the hospitality tent without an umbrella in order to understand the plight of the homeless:
Local media stars are sleeping under the stars this week as part of a campaign to raise awareness and funds for homeless Hoosiers.
Television and radio personalities Dave Calabro of WTHR (Channel 13), Paul Poteet of WRTV (Channel 6), Randy Ollis of WISH (Channel 8), Jim O'Brien of WXIN (Channel 59) and Terri Stacy and Jake Query of WIBC-FM (93.1) are being sponsored to the tune of $50,000 by local civic groups and corporations, including the Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Indians and HHGregg, to spend a night camping out in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The broadcasters' "homeless" experience will be somewhat softened by sleeping bags, pillows, s'mores, a campfire, and the use of a hospitality tent with cots in case of bad weather. Coffee and a continental style breakfast will also be provided each morning.
Perhaps I should do some editorials to raise awareness of hunger. I can stand in line at the soup kitchen, eating my Big Mac only if it takes more than five minutes to get served. Or I can pretend to be gay for a day and get a chuckle out of my girlfriend over of all the reactions I encountered. Or I can try to experience vicariously what it means to be an old fart, then . . . oh, wait.