Thursday, October 21, 2010

Let's give 'em something to blog about...

Life has been boring.

BOOOORRRRRRIIIIIIING.

No blogs.  No tweets.  Only a handful of interesting Facebook statuses, even.  And that's only by my standards.  They could've actually been boring, too.

Then along came an e-mail inviting me to a casting call for a reality show called Focus Rally: America that will air on Hulu.  They totally lured me in by saying they found me on a list of "Top Orlando Bloggers".

Flattery will get you everywhere.

Or, it will at least get me to contact another Top Orlando Blogger and say, "So, do you want to go to this casting thingy?"


It's me and Tracie!

That picture was taken approximately 45 minutes after Tracie and I met in real life FOR THE FIRST TIME.  Seriously.  After maybe a two or three telephone conversations, she was brave enough to give me her address and let me show up AT HER DOOR to pick her up and drive her to Downtown Orlando for this casting thingy!  (Sidenote: Tracie is incredibly wonderful in person.  We were laughing most of the time we were together.  We didn't even get lost, and we didn't run into any walls in the crazy tight and windy parking garage.  It. Was. Awesome.)

Oh, and also, that picture was taken approximately 5 minutes after we were interviewed by The Orlando Sentinel.  That's right, we're rock stars.  (Thanks, Jon Busdeker!)

If you aren't up to clicking on the linkies to check out what this is all about, they are putting teams together Amazing Race-style for this cross-country challenge, and the teams will be cross-countrying in the 2012 Ford Focus.  It's going to air online, and the teams will have to get help via social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) from their friends and fans.  And helping will pay off, because the 10 people that help the most will win a new Ford Focus!

So aside from the chance at a cross-country road trip in a pretty cool car for a reality show (that we should totally be picked for, don't you think?), Tracie and I got to spend a couple of hours standing in line waiting for our turn to talk to one of the casting people for 30 seconds.  Not to worry, we were sufficiently entertained...



You see, as we were standing in line (dutifully obeying the casting person who kept asking everyone to line up as far away from the street as we could, even if it meant being engulfed by the plants behind us), that guy you see in the Mustang decided to be all cool and rev his engine really, REALLY loudly.  Then he kind of jerked forward and had to slam on his brakes.  No sooner had he stopped than we all heard a siren and saw the flashing lights on the truck in front of him.

BUSTED!!!

There was a lot of cheering and clapping going on, and the driver did get a ticket.  I kind of felt sorry for the guy.  Tracie didn't.  (Tracie, couldn't that be our first disagreement??)

We were also joined in line by Zeke.  (Zeke is not his real name, but names have been changed to protect the drunk innocent.)  Zeke had no idea about the casting until he arrived at Urban Flats for their Wine Down Wednesday.  He explained that for $20, he was getting all-he-could-drink wine, as well as appetizers.  He also figured he should have a few glasses before getting up to meet the casting people, because they always need a crazy person on these shows.  After every glass, Zeke asked us to hold his place in line, and when he returned he was always kind enough to give us a detailed account of what kind of wine he was drinking, and his assessment of its flavor. 

We also got to stand close to a table full of singles who were chatting it up with each other.  One guy, I guess I'll call him Popeye... Well, I don't know how he walked without falling over, because his top half was so much bigger than his bottom half.  I wanted to take a needle and poke his shoulder to see if he would deflate.  Then I just wanted to poke him with a needle for the fun of it, because Tracie heard one of the other guys explaining to one of the girls at the table as Popeye walked away, "He just said he's married, but he's not liking his wife right now."  Grrrrrrrrrr.

Overall though, it was an excellent night, with excellent company!  (And I'm talking about Tracie, not Zeke.)  Even if we don't get picked (which we SO should), I am so glad we did that!

Tracie, thanks for taking a chance and going with me!  If we don't get picked to be in a Ford Focus together for a couple of weeks, maybe can arrange to get together for a couple of hours!

15 comments:

Kearsie said...

So completely amazingly awesome!! I hope you get to drive to Colorado...

Marisa Hopkins said...

Oh WOW!! Definitely something to blog about!! how awesome!

Shell said...

What fun!!!!!

I hope you get picked, though I'm majorly jealous that I couldn't go with you!

From Tracie said...

I am laughing so hard reading this!!

That totally counts as our first argument. I think we worked though it well. Shows our stellar team work ability. I am ruthless...you are sweet, we balance each other out! hehe

We will definitely have to get together again for a couple of hours, and hopefully for a couple of weeks!! Yay!

thefunnysister said...

There better be a stop in Georgia, I'm just sayin'. Also, we would totally ROCK doing something like this together, but I'm sure my being with child would hinder my ability to participate. And you will be SO glad you have your iPhone if social media is involved!

MiMi said...

How FUN! If you get all famous and stuff will you drive to Oregon???

Diana said...

ROTFL!! It's always nice to have something exciting like this happen when you are waiting in line, huh.

Can't wait to see if you and Tracie are picked!

Snuggle Wasteland said...

I'm so jealous that I haven't met either one of you. Next time I'm in FL we are all getting together!

I hope you guys get picked.

Joy said...

It sounded like you had a fun time and that you had lots of entertainment while waiting in line.

blueviolet said...

That is a great experience and you two are adorable!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Oh, I've missed your blog! I love your wit and take on things! YOu totally need to get picked!

Michelle Hoad said...

I'm going on a girls weekend with friends I have made through blogging. It feels like we have known each other our whole lives. Now, people I met through our blogs are some of my closest friends.

Erin said...

Vanessa,

I am so jealous that you and Tracie got to meet up and hang out!! Love the photo of you two and I'm crossing my fingers that you'll be chosen--how cool would that be?!?!

Teddy Started It said...

Oh! I'm so jealous!! I would love to cruise the country in a Ford Focus with you. (Actually, I'd rather cruise the country in a motorhome, you know, because we'd have our own bathroom. Maybe we could borrow Winn's.) You could be the designated driver and I could be the designated drinker. (Oh yeah, that potty would come in handy.) Because, you know, Baptists make me a little nervous. Zeke could join us so I wouldn't have to drink alone. But no hanky-panky of course, cuz that makes me want to poke pins in people too. ~sigh~ This should so be ME, not Tracie. But since it's not...I'm pulling for you gals! Good luck!!

Mary said...

Hopping over from Tracie's blog...I had to read your view of the story! What a way to spend a day! Hope y'all get picked!