One of the things Mark Machado posted on Facebook yesterday was the comment, “Oh, just saw my dog on TV. He is huge!” I saw that before I saw the reason Mark and his dog were on the news. His apartment was burglarized while he was walking the dog on Sunday. The thief stole a safe containing the cash Mark had been saving to buy a wheelchair-accessible van.
Mark is a fellow parishioner at All Saints Church. I’ve gotten to know him better over the past couple of years as we realized that we had friends in common. I know that he often finds it easier to drive his motorized wheelchair on the sidewalk than to get in and out of the outdated van he currently owns. I’m pretty sure he drove his chair all the way down Cedar Bluff Road to Side Splitters Comedy Club in October. He was there to cheer me on in the Host with the Most competition.
One of our mutual friends is Michele Silva of WVLT-TV. She and Mark are from the same area in Massachusetts. When she heard about the break-in, she suggested it as a possible story for the news. Lauren Davis did the story, which aired yesterday.