received a flood of congratulatory emails after that awkward appearance. Family, friends and co-workers all maintained that I had been very cheerful. A college friend complimented my posture. This is how people who love you let you know that something has not gone well.
And yet, I now see this failure as a necessity. If I hadn’t had the opportunity to sink the S.S. Leno that night, I never would have realized the amount of work that should go into making an entertaining talk show segment. Next time, I vowed to be better prepared.
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