A few days later a Village Gallery co-worker and friend of mine strolled into the gift shop while I was working and calmly said she just won 2 tickets to see Oprah! I was so excited for her and asked how she did that and if she needed someone to go with her ( wink wink ). Her husband would be accompanying her and she sent me the link to the article about the show. In the article it said they were giving away tickets to people who singed up on the website I had already signed up on. It said free ticket winners would get an email. I checked my email and sure enough there was a winning notice from the site!
I had to act fast because the code giving me the free ticket was about to expire. Lucky for me the gallery was very slow, giving me the chance to log onto eventbrite website to process my ticket. I made it just in time! I was going to see Oprah!
Finally at long last, the moment in which I've been waiting for, Oprah comes on stage and is greeted with a huge round of applause. I was live streaming on Facebook, hoping to capture the moment. I did two things wrong. First I held my phone in the landscape position which doesn't work for live streaming. The video was sideways the whole time. And the second thing was I thought I was recording at the same time as live streaming. The only way to get the video here in this blog was to get the embed code from Facebook. I only videoed about seven or eight minutes because I was worried I'd run out of battery.
Oprah has long been a hero of mine. Someone I've admired and respected for over twenty years. Seeing her in person and hearing her message was a powerful moment for me. Oprah has a house and an organic farm here on Maui. She lives on Thompson Road, between Kula and Ulupalakua. Here on Maui we call this area "up country". Charlie and I enjoy going to Thompson Road a few times a year to photograph the incredible views and Jackaranda trees. Who knows, maybe one day we'll run into her while she is out walking her dogs.
I'm ending this blog with a quote from her "Your legacy is every life you touch".
Oh, and one last photo. Yep I got sun burnt!