Jai and I have talked about auditioning for TAR for some time. We were sure we could do that. We had it all figured out, our tag “Former Mormon Missionary Companions”…brilliant who doesn’t want “nuns” (cuz you KNOW that’s what everyone thinks!) to be running around on The Amazing Race! So that’s our catch, we’re a shoe-in!
TAR 5 was just finishing up and TAR6 had been filmed and was in editing. One day while browsing the site together (over the Internet) we were talking about our plans to turn in a video and we each downloaded an application to fill out. This was Monday…
So Jai talked our friend Elisa into driving out to CA from UT with her and she left Tuesday afternoon. They drove straight through (9 hours!) and arrived late Tuesday night…or was it early Wednesday morning…hard to recall, it’s a blur.
First thing we got up and finalized our applications…took some pictures to include with said applications…and started writing up a script. Since we only had about 9 hours to script, film and edit the video we had to get it right! (which actually means, script and shoot, we don’t need no stinkin’ editing!) Jai had brought her family’s older camcorder so we plugged it in to start with filming. Only, it’s not working, there’s picture but you can’t HEAR us. AUDIO is KEY…we’re AUDITIONING, Charlie Chaplin could do it, but we’re just not that good!!! Luckily, my next door neighbor Laura just (and I mean JUST, like the week before) purchased a great little camcorder (only I doubt that’s what they’re called in the 21st century) and I convinced her to let us use it! “But do NOT break it!”, I think was the agreement.
Filming went quite smoothly as Jai is a brilliant writer, after all! A few minor glitches, but nothing major. It’s now 2:00 and all we need to do is record it from the video camera to standard VHS tape and get it to Santa Monica in 3 hours. Easy, right?
HEY, there they are!
Tinker, Tinker, Tinker…nothing. All combinations lead to either audio and no video, or video and no audio. Neither will work…
Jai leaves for her THIRD trip to the store and with her takes the BOX that the camera came in. She’s not my TAR partner for NOTHIN’ I tell ya!
While Jai is at Best Buy I get on the phone with my friend that works at Disney and has her ask her couriers the * FASTEST * way to Santa Monica in RUSH HOUR (cuz if anyone knows a courier would!). We get very vague directions…134W to 101N to Woodman, left, a right, a couple more lefts and then go “up and up and up and up”. And I assume then, down and down and down and down.
the girls make it, or will they be heartbroken?