My one complaint is the time... I was there for an hour and a half, and only 20 minutes of that time was spent hooked up to the needle and blood bag (don't know the technical name for that one!). I waited about 45 minutes because today was a very busy day at the donation center. I had no idea that people just show up to donate blood on an ordinary day. I have always donated at blood drives that come to a school or office building. Then there was the always fun interview questions. My favorite was "is it ok if I register you as a female?"
As I was finishing, the staff was excited to hear that a reporter from the newspaper was there to take photos and do a story. I have no idea why today was a newsworthy day at the Red Cross, but I will look in the paper tomorrow and find out. I did not stick around to see what the reporter was looking to report on. :)