Okay, so this is another rather picture-less entry… but there’s a pretty good reason for that.  When in line for THE PRICE IS RIGHT, there’s not much to take pictures of – unless you want pictures of people sitting on benches… and once in the studio, they take cameras and phones and all that… so what I can do is describe our experience, and maybe when you go, you’ll know better what to do.

I had a shirt made – lime green, using the Drew Carey caricature from his TV show logo and the words, “MOON OVER PARMA GET ME ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT”… thanks to the folks at the TEEHIVE for their efforts ….

We left Barb and Art’s house at 9:30 and got all the way across LA on the freeways, which impressed us… and there were all those streets we grew up hearing about –  I got a big kick out of finding SLAUSON Avenue… remind yourself now of the old Johnny Carson TEATIME MOVIE bit when he’d announce a company and tell you how to get there – “Take the Slauson cutoff, get out of your car, and cut off your slauson… and there was POMONA Freeway, Santa Monica Freeway, and so many more …

CBS tv city....

Anyway, we got there in about 45 minutes, parked in THE GROVE as per the instructions on the tickets, and got in line… we had priority tickets because we ordered (and printed them at home) them in December… just HAD to do this, let me tell you….  So then, in the gates we go, and sit in an arrangement of benches, where we’re handed a 5 page release form to read, initial, sign and return – they provided bathrooms, a gift shop for everything in the world that’s CBS, and a small lunch counter….An hour later, we move along to a different set of benches, where we get a pair of cheerleading line attendants who also double as waitresses for those who need to eat… Wilma and I ordered a pizza … and then by groups of 20 or so, a producer meets and greets each possible contestant – we were surely surrounded by a variety of folks….. old folks, Asians, people in green, yellow, pink, red … and oh my some were sure excited!

After our interview, we headed around the building, passed through security (where they actually tag your phone and give you a receipt—and then we sit for a while more … we get our food and watch episodes (and outtakes) of TPIR on tvs mounted in the area – and then, folks, and then…

Into the studio we go … around some corners, up some stairs, and then…into the studio…. Music is playing loudly, and there is a bustle of activity as the audience gets seated – out comes the announcer to pump us up even more … and I’m not so sure we needed it, what with the music going and some of the audience members clearly rousing themselves up as well as all of us….

And then there’s all the production value… it was such an interesting process… how they moved the various cameras around, how the stage manager waved for us to be louder – in fact, it was so loud that you couldn’t hear the announcer say ‘COME ON DOWN, JOE SMITH” .. the stage manager held up cue cards with the name on them to let us know who was supposed to come on down…. Lots of stage hands, lots of assistants.  I couldn’t help but wonder if our son the theatre guy would get a kick out of working backstage on this show.  We sat in the middle back of the studio… if I reached out with my left hand, I could touch that square in the center rear of the seating area.  If you look at the picture and look just to the bottom left corner of the PRICE IS RIGHT sign, you’ll see a person with their hand on their chin …that’s where I was… Wilma was to my right.  (PICTURE is from the images on GOOGLE of THE PRICE IS RIGHT.)

almost us....

And on comes the host, MR. DREW CAREY…. He did a nice job… he visited with various audience members during the commercials breaks .. .had to rest during a few of them because we were told he had fallen while running a half marathon a week ago … but he did fine…

We saw the usual six games… and then the big wheel twice …. and then… well, I can’t tell you how it ended… you’ll have to watch on JUNE 27 to find out.  Would I go again?  Don’t know – it sure is a great deal of time sitting in line.  Yet, I can say I checked one off my bucket list.  WE were out at 5:30 (the show itself started at 4 pm), thoroughly entertained and ready for supper….

We had arranged ahead of time to meet up with a former student of mine – Russ Holsapple, who is living in LA, working on a career as a film composer.  (An aside here: someday we’ll see Russ getting an academy award for a movie score….).  He and his sweet wife LeAnn met us for supper at the Farmer’s Market, just south of the CBS TELEVISION CITY building.  The four of us dined over burgers and Greek food, enjoyed conversation, and got caught up.  It is always SO VERY NICE to meet up with these two…. And thanks for meeting up with us…. (picture is from Russ’ FB page… )

russ and leanne  Russ’ website: http://www.russellholsapple.com/

Wilma and I drove home to our place in San Diego… two hours of LA freeways, with no problems at all… and hey, what a great day!

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