This Week's Contestant
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F-I-P-I-N-G??? REALLY??? That was the best I could do? I know what everyone at home was thinking: "She doesn't actually think that's a word, does she?" No, I certainly do not. I was stuck! The cameras, the lights, Vanna's dress, Pat's witty remarksputting words together on stage is much more difficult than it is in the comfort of one's home, that's for sure. As soon as I said "P", I knew exactly what letter I was looking for. And man, did I get lucky on this one!
I'd like to think I'm fairly calm under pressure, but after missing the first two Toss-ups, I lost a little bit of confidence. Pat looked at us and said, "The hard part is over." Having the privilege of standing right next to him, I turned and retorted, "Says who?" From that point on, I was in a daze! I had no idea what wedges my spins were landing on, no idea what was going on with the other contestantsit was just the puzzles and me. In the end I solved a few, missed the final Toss-up, and nailed the last puzzle. After solving "Attracting Attention," Pat exclaimed, "You certainly are!" It was then that I started to calm down a bit, with only the bonus round remaining.
Having watched the show for years I knew the bonus rounds are always tough. I really didn't have much of a plan going into it. I figured I should wait until I saw the puzzle before deciding on letters to pick, and I think my patience paid off. I went with an A and a D because I knew the middle word was "And" and I wanted to make sure Vanna could turn just a few more letters. I don't know why I picked the last two, but thank goodness for that PI knew it would help me out eventually! I was confident I had the answer before the timer even started. It couldn't have been pans or pens because those letters were gone, and pons wasn't a word as far as I knew (although I was OK with the word "Fiping" earlier in the show!). The used letter board helped me out here, as everyone says it should. I knew it was "Puns" and the only thing that went with it was "Jokes." As soon as I said it, time seemed to stand still. I thought to myself, Pat hasn't said that I've guessed it right, so I need to keep working! The next thing I knew, my family rushed the stage, and again, I was back in a daze. I couldn't believe what I had just done!
Now I realize just how lucky I was that day. I had no business solving the "Same Letter" puzzle earlier in the game. I would love to say it all boiled down to skill and strategy, but as we all know it is also a game of chance and everything just seemed to go my way. Statistically speaking, I probably should have hit "Bankrupt" or "Lose a Turn" a few times and my fellow contestants could have had a lot more luck, but the wheel was very kind to me (if a little heavy) that day.
Earlier that morning, I had been walking around in my favorite flip flops, knowing I just wouldn't last in heels for 6 hours before taping. It wasn't until we started our practice spins that I decided I needed to suck it up and throw my "TV shoes" on. After all, I had to make sure I'd be at the right height to get a good spin on the wheel. While walking out of the contestant area, I was asked if they were my lucky red shoes. Since they were brand new, it was hard to tellwe'd have to wait and see. I'm not completely sold that it was all because of shoes that I did so well, but let's just say that while I was exiting the studio after my show was over, the remaining contestants that were still waiting to tape rubbed them for good luck!
Everyone at the studio was absolutely wonderful - the contestant department, the camera and sound crew, my fellow contestants and of course, Pat and Vanna! They were all so accommodating to us nervous contestants and really helped things go as smooth as possible by exerting such a positive, enthusiastic and reassuring energy. It was an amazing experience, one that I'll never forget. As one friend candidly said, you only have a few days in your life you remember so fondly: the day you get married, the day you have a couple of kids, and the day you're on Wheel of Fortune!
And what a day it was...