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Remember those rainy days in elementary school? Sitting in your assigned desk and staring at the clock, counting down the minutes until lunch. Suddenly, the door swings open and an assistant teacher wheels in the TV cart. The classroom instantly fills with excited chatter. The mood lifts. Your teacher, exhausted from hours of trying to hold your attention and fill your brain with things you don’t want to learn, sits back in her swivel chair and sips her coffee. Cue the upbeat music and chanting. It’s a Bill Nye day.
That turned out to be kind of a liability, actually. In international style, you literally start on the other foot. Maybe I’m just making excuses, but the first two weeks of the TV show were quite a mental adjustment for me. If I hadn’t gotten injured, I think we would’ve hung in there, though. I really do!