Wednesday, 15 September 2004
|0803 - The second date on the air|
The second date aired Monday night. As before, it was an enjoyable day...
Mary Sue met me at the front door of her hotel. We limo-ed to Balboa Park for a picnic, provided by the show to my specifications. (Well, mostly.) We talked a while over fried chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, brownies, and champagne. The conversation was a bit surprising in that we discussed some things I never thought I'd talk about in front of a TV camera. (No, not that. Get your mind out of my gutter.)
In the middle of this, we were surprised by a guy with a violin walking up and playing. That was the part I didn't have anything to do with. He was pretty good. The effect was a little overdone, but made good TV.
Mary Sue had a folder with an essay she'd written on why she'd signed up for a date with a guy on TV. It was interesting to hear about. She also had a pair of sunglasses with el-wire wrapped around the lenses for me, though the connecting wire had broken. She's sending me another pair, and it should arrive tomorrow or so, given normal US Mail times to Fairmont.
From there, we went to Sherman Oaks Castle Park. It's an arcade with a mini-golf course, and we did the mini-golf first - at least some of it - before going inside and hitting some video games. I proved once again how bad I am at Dance Dance Revolution, and then did just as badly at an ATV game. The last thing we did was have me take swings at softballs in a batting cage. I only missed 4 pitches out of 25. Guess which ones made it to air? (I'm good at making contact, but not good at hitting with power. When playing the game, I usually wind up with infield hits.)
We parted after that. As I noted before, I went straight to LAX, while Mary Sue saw the show that night from the green room and flew back to Detroit on the red-eye.
Monday went by in a hurry. I got to the hotel about 3, checked in, talked on the phone a while, had dinner, showered, shaved, packed, and checked right back out. I got into the costume at the studio. Went down to the green room, hung out with the senior producer till it was time for me to go on, went on, introduced the bit, laughed along with Jimmy at it, talked a bit more, got off the stage.
I passed Farrah in the hall. Damn, but hasn't she aged well? I headed straight back to my dressing room to change back to street clothes, then left. I didn't meet any of the other guests, and didn't see Flogging Molly. I figured it was better to beat the mob away from the studio so I could make it to the airport on time. I did.
The red-eye was as I'd expected: long and tiring. I can't sleep sitting up. I didn't get any sleep on the flight, and arrived feeling like hell. The hotel I'd reserved a room at didn't have one ready for me when I got there, and I had to wait about 30 minutes. I did get an hour's nap in, before getting cleaned up and going to see the customer. I even managed not to fall asleep while I was there. I did sleep all afternoon, and pretty much all night, and feel reasonably human this morning.
Today is another day with the customer. I might try to see michaelmink this afternoon, if I get through early enough. Back to LA tomorrow. At least that one's not on the red-eye.
current mood: tired
Keep on Rockin' Tron Guy!
While some people curse Monday night football - I had to be thankful - otherwise I would have missed it as my rehearsal ran horribly long and I got home just in time to flip on the TV... AND of course the ones you miss will make the air - those are more amusing to the average person (like me) who also cannot hit a baseball (like me)! Foolscap commented the violin guy should have played one of the musical themes from Tron and I commented that you (an a few other people) would be the only ones to get it. The Edward Hodges lyrics lept immediately to my head and the incongruity of the lyrics to the situation was totally amusing (but probably only to someone like me):
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.
Maybe they were gambling on people like me immediately thinking of the Joyful, joyful we adore thee part?... GRIN
How many more dates? Keep us posted.
I need to remember to check how badly the schedule is messed up on Monday nights and adjust the VCR settings accordingly. As it is, the VCRs taped your segment and to the first commercial after Farrah came out.
From your description, if you set the VCR as usual (channel 5, 11:59 PM, SP, for two hours), it sounds like the game pushed the show an hour and a half late.
She also had a pair of sunglasses with el-wire wrapped around the lenses for me, though the connecting wire had broken.
congrats on the hot date.