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For as long as I can remember, I have been a puzzle freak. I love all kinds of puzzles: number puzzles, word puzzles, logic puzzles, chess puzzles, Sudoku, and the recently discovered cousin of Sudoku…the Ken Ken. Those of you who know our family well know that we are a “Wheel of Fortune” family. (For those of you who haven’t done so yet, you REALLY need to watch Donovan play Wheel of Fortune. For a 4-year-old, he’s very good.)
Anyway…I have been trying to get onto the Wheel of Fortune show for quite a while now. A few years ago, I signed up to become a contestant, and I have remained on their mailing list ever since. Periodically, they conduct these “Wheelmobile” events where people can sign up, participate in mock games, and meet the folks who make contestant decisions. According to an email from the show’s producers, the “Wheelmobile serves as the preliminary screening process before a final Wheel of Fortune contestant audition.”
You’re probably asking “What email from the show’s producers?” Well, it finally happened. I received an email from the Wheelmobile crew a few days ago. They sent a message stating that they’ll be in the area soon at Casino Morongo (about 30 minutes east of where I work at CHC).
Butterflies filled my stomach. You can imagine my excitement.
Then I read the date. They will be here for only one day–THURSDAY MARCH 5. The one full day I will be in friggin’ SAN JOSE!!! My entire department will be attending a conference in San Jose. I leave Wednesday morning and return on Friday March 6.
At once, all the butterflies in my stomach died.
I feel like I’m being punk’d by God.
Some of you know that the closest I got to being on the Wheel of Fortune was sitting in the audience watching an ex-girlfriend win over $16,000 on the show. I should’ve recognized that as God’s first tease.
I now have a son who watches the show more than I do (thanks to his great-grandmother). God’s second tease.
Maybe God knows that if I were to go on that show, I would win such large amounts of money, the other contestants would fall into an abject depression the likes of which have never been seen.
I could definitely do much better than these folk who somehow made it onto the show.
Or this lady:
But no matter what…I will NEVER be as good as this guy:
UPDATE: Click here for post 2 in the Wheel of Fortune saga…