This Week's Contestant
POSTED on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
My trip to Wheel Of Fortune started with a 2,700 mile drive across the country with my husband Bob, my son Colby, and my daughter Tara. 2,700 MILES! It took us 50 hours to get there and 45 hours to get back. I enjoyed it. I like seeing parts of the country I have never seen before.
Since we had never been to California before we decided to make a vacation out of it. We arrived in Culver City the Saturday before my Thursday taping. After a day of catching up on sleep, our vacation began. We started by reading EVERY star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We went to the Hollywood & Highland Center and my son Colby LOVED the piano staircase. He plays piano so that was definitely a highlight for him. He could've stayed on it for hours. We took 3 studio tours. We took bus tours of Malibu, Beverly Hills & Hollywood. I waited a long time to see the Hollywood sign so that was GREAT! (I wonder if people who live in L.A. even look at it). We also went to the Santa Monica Pier so my daughter got to go the beach for the first time ever.
On the night before my tape date I could not get to sleep (too excited), so my son read me interesting facts off the internet (one of his favorite hobbies) until I fell asleep. I felt like a little kid being read a bedtime story, but it worked and I finally fell asleep.
The next morning I was up at 5 am and was at the studio by 6:45. I was an hour early which is amazing since I am late for almost everything else I do. I was the first one there, so I waited with the hopes that Adam Sandler might walk by (sadly, he didn't). The next day when we toured the Sony Studios. I did not see him then, either. That was the most disappointing thing about the whole trip. Then 7:45 arrived and we went inside.
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS!
First we went over some paperwork, which felt like forever because at this point you just want to SPIN THE WHEEL! We were finally taken in to the studioIt was GREAT! I waited most of my life to be here and it was everything I expected. When I spun that wheel for the first time it was a DREAM COME TRUE! The contestant coordinators were very friendly and did their best to help us relax, even though I think they expect us to smile more than is humanly possible.
When my show started taping I was so excited to see Pat & Vanna. Pat was so nice and supportive during the commercial breaks. I really wasn't too nervousto play the game, but I was very worried about the interview (interviews are not my strong point). Luckily I did alright, and I felt a lot more relaxed after it was over.
Very seldom does anyone beat me at a toss-up, so to you Lawren, I am impressed. Chris, you also impressed me when you beat me at "backup singers."I was lucky enough to land on the California trip. I solved the puzzle, so it's exciting that I'll be going back to California again. There is still so much to see.
When I landed on the Mystery Wedge, I was actually happy that I didn't have a lot of money, it made the decision to go for it a lot easier. I am glad I went for it!Just holding the wedge made me happy. $10,000! I couldn't believe it. Later I landed on the 1/2 car and for 3 1/2 months I have been kicking myself for not spinning again. If I would have gotten bankrupt though, I'd be kicking myself for spinning. So I guess we'll never know?!
When I watch at home and it's the prize puzzle, I always say things like "WHY DON'T THEY SOLVE, IT'S A PRIZE PUZZLE" or "DID THEY FORGET IT'S A PRIZE PUZZLE?" Then it happened to me - I FORGOT IT WAS A PRIZE PUZZLE! So, to all the previous contestants that I have yelled at through my TV, I apologize. I won a trip to St. Maarten, and I am VERY excited to go to a new country.
In the bonus round I am very glad I chose an "A." I won a total of $81,967. I still can't believe it. With that money I am going to do a little remodeling and pay down my mortgage. I'm also getting a new couch and a newer car. Not a new car, but a newer car than I have now. And, of course Ill have a little spending money for my 2 trips.
This was the most exciting thing I have ever done. Wheel Of Fortune is definitely the game show I was born to play.
Oh, there was one other little disappointment. I was hoping to be the first player to solve a puzzle with no letters showing, but unfortunately the opportunity did not arise. I've done it at home about 25 times, but on the show it just wasn't the right categories. Oh well, things still turned out GREAT! I think the hardest part about being on the show is not being able to tell anyone how much you won.
I want to thank Pat for helping me through the interview. Thanks to the contestant coordinators who chose me and for making everything a little easier.Thanks to everyone at Wheel of Fortune for making one of my lifelong dreams come true.
I HOPE I SMILED ENOUGH FOR YOU!