We often talk about the darnedest things while on our way to cover stories. For some reason, cameraman Sean Gibbons and I started talking about pandas. I think it’s because we passed a Panda Express before we got to our location. Sean asked why pandas on loan from China always have double names like “Tian Tian” at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
We didn’t spend much time discussing why. We decided to assign panda names to some of our co-workers.
Me = “Loo Loo”, Sean Gibbons = “Sean Sean”, Sondra Solarte = “Sol Sol”, Ed Flynn = “Flynn Flynn”, Matt Butterfield = “Butt Butt” and Patrick Elwood = “Pat Pat”.
Then, there’s cameraman Stewart Orlin. He’s incredibly witty, intelligent and somewhat shy. He’s also got an extremely wry sense of humor. After conferring with Sean and Ed, we decided that Stewart’s panda name just couldn’t conform with the others. He’s “Tom”. What’s your panda name?