What, July already? How did that happen???
I probably should have decloaked long ago, but just never seemed to get around to it.
Life kept getting in the way, I guess.
Anyway, I wanted to let everyone know that I taped back in March, and my (first? only?) game will be broadcast on Wednesday, July 18. I hope you'll all tune in to watch (Ha! As if a Boardie would ever miss a show!) I'm also hoping that some of my fellow tapees will show up here as it would be great to reconnect with them!
Well, there's not much I can say about the overall Jeopardy! experience that hasn't already been said here by previous contestants: It's fun, it's exciting, you meet wonderful people. Ditto, ditto, and ditto. I expected that to be the case going in, and, unlike some other experiences ("This is the greatest movie ever made - you are going to absolutely love it!"), I found that my high expectations were met and exceeded rather than being dashed to pieces.
A brief background on my Jeopardy! journey - I've watched Jeopardy! on and off since it came back to television with Alex Trebek (no, not quite old enough to remember the Art Fleming era). I tried to catch it as much as possible, but -- again -- life often got in the way (I missed Ken Jennings entire run as that was the year we moved cross-country with two small children and by the time I got around to setting up and programming my VCR, it was over - GRRR!). I learned my lesson and haven't missed many games since. I took the online test in January 2011 (One and Done
); had a Los Angeles audition in April; got A Call in August, but couldn't make the taping date (vacation); got Another Call in November, but again couldn't accept (Irish dance competition); and then -- third time's the charm -- got The Call in January 2012. Have I mentioned how grateful I am for the patience and perseverance of the Contestant Coordinators who were willing to keep Calling back???
I didn't start reading The Board until after I took the online test, so not that long really, but long enough to have picked up tons of useful information here (such as don't tell "cat stories" during the Awkward Chat and don't ever, ever, ever call it a podium!!
). So thanks to everyone who shared their wisdom and their Jeopardy! experiences here, because I do think it helped me go into it with a pretty good idea of what to expect, and knowing that ahead of time helped to make me a little less nervous when I was actually there.
I am very curious to hear how my voice ends up sounding on the show because they were having one heck of a time with my microphone(s)! Multiple adjustments were made at every break, followed by lots of "TESTING 1-2-3", followed by more adjustments, followed by me having to leave the stage and go off to the side to have the whole mic taken off and replaced with a brand new one (not a trivial matter when wearing a dress, by the way, and potentially all kinds of awkward, but surprisingly not thanks to the consummate professionalism of "Mike" [OK, that's not really his name, but it should be] the Mic guy). They said they were having trouble picking up my voice because it was so "low" (by which I believe they meant volume, not pitch, as it's certainly no lower than all the male voices on the show!). I, on the other hand, was trying to project as much as I could to help fix the problem (so much so that I sometimes felt as if I was shouting at the board [no, not you guys, the other board])! Sure hope I don't come off sounding like I'm angry at Alex or something
Anyway, I guess I'll find out soon enough along with everyone else! Hope you all enjoy the show!
P.S. I just saw the promo for the week (someone forwarded the link to me - I never would have remembered to check as I never go there myself because there are too many game spoilers!). Anyway, apparently I am a "Gutsy Challenger", but the funny thing is that the video clip is clearly taken during the Awkward Chat so apparently my gutsy challenging took place in the context of talking to Alex Trebek
(And I swear I didn't contradict him - no way I was going invoke that curse on myself