Friday, October 17, 2014

California Dreamin'


      I wish that you had picked us since we came from far away

     We didn't look this silly when we first woke up today

     We both have put on makeup and we're wearing crazy clothes

      I think  we look much better than the others that you chose.

                     



I used to wonder what it would be like to appear on television. I was once in the audience of a nationally televised game show, but I can't exactly count that. I never could see myself on the screen and Monty Hall never asked me to make a deal. In fact, my friend and I weren't even chosen to sit in the section where the deals were made.

I was made up as Groucho Marx and my friend was Harpo. When we first entered the building we joined the others in this informal audition by standing along the wall in the hallway. A man preceded to walk back and forth choosing the ones who would fill the main section of the audience. What I wouldn't give to have taken pictures of that crowd!

I remember the man standing to my left was wearing a diaper and carrying what looked like the world's largest rattle. I am pretty sure that he was one of the ones picked, but I can't remember if he ever got to make a deal. It has been over forty five years since my friend and I stood in that hallway and some parts of the story  have been forgotten.

Those of us who did not "make the cut" were led to a different section of the studio. We were still in range of the cameras, but not able to be chosen as  contestants. That was fine with me at the time. I remember being relieved that my television career had been nipped in the bud. I would have been way too nervous to take this any further.

I would have to say that the drive to the studio was the most fun of all. My friend had a '65 Corvette convertible and we made quite a sight with the top down. People would smile and give us "thumbs up" at the stop lights. My friend was driving and never said anything in return. He would simply lift the prop horn that he was carrying and give them two short blasts. He made a great Harpo!

Even though we failed as far as "dealing" was concerned, we still had a pretty good time. We had accepted a bet that our roommates had made with us. They told us that we had no chance of appearing on any television show and he had taught them to never underestimate us.

I can't say that this story teaches us any valuable lesson. Sometimes I simply enjoy laughing at things that I have done in my life and sharing them with you. If this says anything, it's that we shouldn't be afraid to laugh at ourselves. Sometimes that can be the perfect medicine!