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Anyone had their 30 seconds of fame on the news or reality TV??

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by vwhiten, Mar 31, 2016.

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  1. vwhiten

    vwhiten High-Roller

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    So here's mine. I briefly mentioned on another thread about not wanting to set foot in Oklahoma ever again because of my son's ex and her family. There is a bit of rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma -- Texas being bigger and better and honestly there isn't much in Oklahoma-- but I'm not judging. :evillaugh Texas we have Piney Woods, the Gulf Coast, the Hill Country, West Texas mountains, and of course the Panhandle that Oklahoma should take because it is flat like Oklahoma. -- with the exception of Palo Dura Canyon. Every time I see tornadoes mentioned with Tulsa I secretly wish it has swooped down on Owasso. I fully expect to see a house on top of a pair of short pudgy legs belonging to the ex-mother in law. Which is how my 30 seconds or so of fame on national TV came from.

    My son's first attempt at blissful matrimony. It all started at the rehearsal dinner. We are Baptists (yet we go to Vegas -lol) as was the slut/bride to be and her family. Somewhere along the way Baptists decided why not have the mothers involved in the ceremony by lighting an eternity candle -- or better yet why not add about 50 candles and one eternity candle. I wanted no part of marching down the aisle light a Catholic altar boy carrying one of those long candle lighter domaflachies -- sorry to lazy to google the correct word. I'm not criticizing those mothers who insist on being part of the ceremony. My part should have been paying for the rehearsal dinner and then sitting my butt down on the pew and enjoy the ceremony.

    I objected to having this forced upon me -- sadly it fell on the deaf ears of my husband who told me to suck it up. I think he enjoyed seeing me irritated. So the rehearsal comes. Margaret the biatch-- I think that was her name -- I have tried to forget -- marches down one aisle and I march down the other. She instructs me on correct marching etiquette "Keep up with me, don't get ahead of me, don't let the wick burn out on the doomaflachie, make sure you are on the exact candle I am on --- we need to end at the same time to light after lighting the other 50 candles, don't catch the lace on fire", Because ribbons entwined with lace so go together with a torch of candles -- I kid you not - she was barking out orders at me all night long. She even told me "In case you haven't figured it out I am a little bossy" -- You think???? I am not exaggerating about Margaret.

    So the next day I get my hair done in a pretty french knot and had a lovely light blue dress I got from Coldwater Creek. Margaret shows up in a dress that is almost exactly like the Bridesmaid dresses. Same exact color and similar style. Margaret is also about 4'11" and is round as she is tall -- seriously. The skirt part of her outfit is tapered down to just below her ankles. So she doesn't have a lot of movement of leg space in the skirt. My husband was the best man - so he is with the wedding party downstairs when the march of the moms occurs.

    So we start I am looking to the left to make sure I am in sync with Margaret -- because before we started she again gave me the same f***ing instructions as the night before -- how to do it correctly and how she thinks it may be too much for me etc, etc, "please don't screw this up" -- So down we march. The candles were spread out all over the freaking front of the church. You lit one batch and then stepped up and lit another batch. Then you would step back down to light yet another batch before you reached the pot of gold the one giant eternity candle. Well, well, after we stepped up to one level. We had to step back down. Margaret forgot about the step back down. All of a sudden she was off balance. Her tight skirt kept her from regaining it. She literally teeter tottered back and forth one one leg as she tried not to drop the candle lighty thing. Finally she toppled down flat on her face. YES!!!!! There was a big OOOHHH and HUHHHHSSHH from the guests in the church. Then a bunch of snickering -- heeeheee. Because her skirt was so tight around her calves and ankles she could not bend and stand back up. She called me over to help her stand up. I had to help her up -- while I was doing this she tells me not to let my candle lighter burn out.

    We then proceed to light the rest of the twenty or so candles each. On the video my back is turned from the camera but my shoulders are constantly jerking up -- because I was laughing my ass off. After we finished I sat down. The wedding party and bridal march started. I had a tissue to my face and I laughed so hard through the whole entire ceremony I had to keep my mouth covered because I couldn't stop. After my husband said "I knew you would cry the whole time"-- I told him I wasn't crying. He watched the video and said he wondered what the big thud was they heard -- they were directly beneath the front altar. -- The video was played on TLC and Discovery several years ago -- I was paid around $100 from each channel to agree to them showing me -- I was more than happy too.

    So after my son had enough of his wife gamgling, boozing, cheating her way through the entire marriage -- he actually caught her snuggling with another man on the couch once -- he came back to Texas. Hopefully people can see the joking and satire I am using -- if you can't you need to get out more.
     
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  2. bdautch

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    So, uh...ok. So this is really good. My feedback for you is that this is really good. It's a positive step that you can share this with us. Also, I hope to sweet holy God that no one can top this, or bottom it, or whatever.

    Anyhoo, I'm glad that this is out there, and may this thread not descend into overwhelming madness. Amen.
     
  3. vwhiten

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    Actually a friend of mine can top this. Her daughter got married at an exclusive country club in San Antonio. Apparently some of the groom's family was from the side of the family you would never want to invite. The one's who show up for a nice wedding in drugstore cowboy shirts and jeans instead of nice suit. Of course they come drunk. They had to call the police to break up fight in the parking lot between several guests. Trailer park wedding at the country club -- those were her words.

    I also have a friend. -- She went to a big mexican wedding (not judging)in the small town of Mason, Texas-- yes there was a fight at the church where they were having the reception someone brought a knife -- well more than one person brought a knife. One of her family members ended up in our ER with a stab wound -- luckily superficial. Gotta love big family weddings.
     
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    And this is all why we got married in a limo, in a drive thru, in Vegas (from New Zealand!)
     
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    I was photographed by the guy who coined the phrase - in the future,
    everyone will have "15 minutes of fame".
    I was in a punk band in NY ( 1980 = pink mohawk haircut ) - Warhol stopped me - and his entourage
    asked me if they take my photo.
    Warhol clicked away on a 1960's Brownie Instamatic camera.
    I wish (one day) i could get a copy of that photo.
    Wow....I wish I could !
     
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    Val, where's the video?
    Years ago at a good friends weddings, after a night of drinking. In hind sight it was a piss poor idea to have his stag the night before. Church was full just about to start and we hear puking, turns out the groom was a screamer. The priest laughs it off and says we'd be delayed a bit. So after he was cleaned up the ceremony started, a little bit in he knelt down and the best man had written help me in red on his shoes.
    The priest is trying to talk and everyone is dying laughing, someone showed him why everyone was laughing and he rolled with it. (it was also hot with no a/c)
    He finally gets the wedding back on track, but after a few minutes the groom passes out. He falls face down on a step, gets a shiner and bloody broken nose. After a couple minutes the priest comes out and says, we could go out and get some air, they were going to take a break. When we came back they had set up two huge fans, and the priest finished the ceremony in record time.
    The bride was beyond pissed, but their still married and it's been over thirty years.
     
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    I wish I had a copy. My son got rid of his. I did try to google episodes of the show but couldn't find it. They were both very young. They ended up having to move in with her parents the last year of their marriage because of her gambling problem. She spent all their money on the Indian Casinos. He lost his job and she got fired from 2 nursing jobs because of her gambling, drinking problem and being late to work or no showing. I was so pissed at her mother -- not because of her daughter, that was not her fault. But my son was trying to keep things together. He felt guilty living with them so he quit eating because he didn't have any money. She also made him feel guilty for living there. When he came back home he weighed 120 lbs -- my son is 6'2" -- he looked like a concentration camp prisoner -- he was old and wrinkled and he was 24 years old. I was pissed because I would have not done that to her daughter. She stood by and watched my son waste away while her daughter was screwing anything with 3 legs and some cash in the wallet she could use at the casino. After the divorce Margaret - the biatch mother-in-law, called my son and wanted him to reimburse her for 1/2 the honeymoon cruise she paid for four years before -- it had been a wedding gift. He told her no. Then she told him to give her his laptop that he had bought a year before - with his money. He did one of those black friday deals and stood outside of Best Buy overnight to get a good deal -- I think he got it for around $200 -- that was way before the little tablets were popular and cheap. She told him that if he gave her that laptop she would call it even.

    These were people with money -- she is a Respiratory Therapist and her husband is an architect that builds/plans Walgreen's around the country. But money doesn't make you a good person.
     
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    Val, venting is good for the soul!
     
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    Yes it is. I got off work today and had to vent to my day shift partner relieving me about how people treat nurses. For getting voted the most trusted profession several years in a row - a lot of people have a hard time showing their appreciation for the profession. I would never encourage another person to be a nurse -- at least not today - lol.

    And for my son he has totally recovered from the anorexia -- unfortunately he had another failed marriage - but his ex left their son with him. She is also too busy screwing anything with three legs. I think it is a pattern for him.
     
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    Great story!!
     
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    As a former elected local and state official, I had my share of time in and on the news. Most of those days are remembered fondly, but every now and then someone will make a comment in a grocery store or other public place that makes me glad those days are well in my rear-view mirror. Most folks are warm and friendly, but the idiots number just enough to make one shake his head! And by idiots, I don't mean those who didn't agree with me, that comes with the territory and should... I mean idiots.
     
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    My daughter's and I once did the opening announce for the Wayne Brady Show. We were chosen while waiting in line. It was a pretty cool experience.
     
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    In response to the OP's question: Yes. But, if I gave more info I'd give away my I.D. It's nothing nefarious.

    Bill
     
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    Worked for a private Ambulance company when I was in my early twenties, I delivered a baby in the woman's house (1991!), the marketing guy for the company saw a PR opp and called the local news, made the paper and the 11p news. Took some sh!t from my fellw Paramedic class and the senior paramedics, because I got press for delivering a rich suburban kid; they worked in the local inner city (I covered there as well), and delivered "poor" babies all the time in the back of their rigs...all withut any press...honestly, I dont blame them in retrospect...I was just doing my job, and was an unsuspecting actor in a PR stunt.
     
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    My parents took us to Edwards AFB to see the first space shuttle landing. I was being interviewed by a news crew and my mom interrupted me to talk about how great it was that her kids witnessed history, and then she burst into tears and became a blubbering mess, babbling about patriotism. We stopped at a little cafe by the AFB on the way out for some lunch and on the TV was showing the newscast and I gave the greatest pre-teen eyeroll and crossed my arms as my mom was talking. She whacked me on the back of the head and said, "I hope you're proud of yourself!" I actually was a little bit. :wink2:

    In the late-80's my frenemy and I both worked in the local music scene. We had put aside our differences to work together on this big fundraiser concert for the family of someone in the local scene who had recently died. One of our local stations came out to record some spots and interviews. I am not a big fan of the spotlight, so I was fine with her doing most of the talking, but every time she would make it sound like she did all the work, I got more and more irritated. At one point during the interview, I decided to reach back and give her a wedgie while she was talking about how awesome she was. The face she made was priceless, but in the back corner of the screen, you can see all my friends at the bar fall out laughing at what they could see going on.

    I have tried to avoid being caught on camera ever since then, since I clearly can not be trusted to behave like a proper lady. :haha:
     
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    Such a tease! We want more. Just kidding.
    My only distant claim to fame is living vicariously through one of my grandsons who was on local news during a library visit where he got to sit next to and read along with a former First Lady (who had her arm around him the whole time); she then teased him about his hair color (red) and his first name which was the same as her maiden name - my daughter and I glowed for days that someone in our family actually got to meet such a gracious First Lady!
     
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    I wish I saw that telecast! If you don't mind me saying so your mom deserved it since they were interviewing you, not her, LOL!!
     
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    Local TV news station reporter interviewed me about gas prices at a gas pump while I was filling up the car.

    We were on the way home from burying my mother.
     
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    Many years ago I had a store selling games, toys and hobbies and for a few years, just before Christmas, I would do a little 5 minute segment for one of the local morning news shows about what were the big/hot/new games and toys out that year.

    And never anything for reality TV or like what the OP did, but I was an extra on 21 Jump Street seven times (not the reboot movies, but the old TV show from the 80s).
     
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