It was an "adult" party, one of those where I felt a little dumb, but smart enough to have known to wear a sportcoat. It was wine and fingery food and high ceilings and Ron Silver, Steve Kroft, Caroline Kennedy, Mary Alice Williams, Charles Grodin, Jeffrey Toobin, Frank Rich, Ken Auletta, and many, many other people talking about laws being passed or not passed in Europe and many media matters discussed and all more important things than my lame appearance on The View. And then, as luck would have it, Meredith Vieira walked in. This was my opportunity to get a leg up on my View experience! I hustled Andrea Joyce into an MV introduction. Andrea, always game for anything, graciously complied.
Upon meeting Vieira, I flashed back to a long-forgotten memory of fetching her coffee when she anchored the CBS Morning News. She'd forgotten, too, but we bonded anyway. She is cool and calm and in turn made me feel cool and calm about my impending View-dom. I am not going to do anything stupid simply so Meredith will not hate me.