I could walk to the train which takes me to downtown Chicago. I was feeling the familiar butterflies in my stomach, the ones I got when I would think of something exciting I could do, an adventure!!! Yes, I decided, that' it, I was going to go on an adventure today!!!
But I thought I'd never get to see an Oprah show in person. I searched my house and found enough money for train fare there and back and so I knew, this is it, I'm actually going!
My friend Janet called me to see what I was doing, she was thinking of calling in sick to work, she really was feeling under the weather. I said, "I'm going to the Oprah show on Michigan Avenue, yes, I'm going alone, no, I don't care. This will be the highlight of my summer. The memories I make today will last a lifetime. This is a once in a lifetime day, and its a spur of the moment secret adventure, my favorite kind, I'm going!"
Well, to my surprise she said, "I'm coming with you!" and she called in sick to work and met me on the train.
My friend asked me to try and keep a low profile
and stay off camera so her work wouldn't find out she was here.
I told everyone, "Isn't this great, look at us, we're in the middle of Michigan Avenue in one of the greatest cities on earth." I made a big deal about every handout we got that day, no matter how small.
Then they told us they had a surprise for Oprah and the Black Eyed Peas. The biggest flash dance in the history of the world to date, would be performed today, BY ALL OF US!
The butterflies started inside of me.
I thought, I'm just a housewife from Chicago,
and I'll never have this chance again.
I had to get on TV.
Me to Marcus LeShok of WGN TV: "Hey, Mr. LeShok, over here, I love you, you're the best, WGN, whoot whoot!!!" I said "OMG, Mr. LeShok, I'm the number one Oprah fan in the world!!!! Please come over here, talk to me". The people in our section I had been talking with all day were like "Yeah, Mr. LeShok, come over here, shes Oprah's biggest fan!" So he walks right up to me and starts interviewing me on camera.
Then there were photographers from the Tribune and Sun Times taking pictures. I saw them snapping pictures of our section but I was behind some people. I felt I HAD to get in the pictures, so, naturally (for me), I jumped into the air and screamed YES, fists pumping in the air. So in the picture below, I appear to be some giant Amazon woman, great. My friend Janet is sitting down waving in the Harley hat.
Then, another reporter from WGN radio saw all this attention I was getting and was probably thinking what a NUT I WAS and he started interviewing me. Then he asked if I would sign an agreement to be on WGN radio tomorrow morning to talk about today. I said ABSOLUTELY!!!
Oprah put her hand over her head, swaying it back and forth, trying to get us to move, or to make sure we were still alive.
The Black Eyed Peas were clapping their hands above their heads, trying to get us to move, smile, anything.
Then, just as planned, the 1 lady in the front row starts dancing, then some more rows up front joined in, then we ALL started dancing, like 15,000 of us, many overweight housewives just like me! We even did wave moves, it was incredible. The Black Eyed Peas said it was the best surprise of their career. Oprah said, "THAT WAS THE COOLEST THING EVER!"
The show was also incredible. HERE I WAS, BROKE ASS BEV, dancing in a record breaking flash dance, meeting great people, getting freebie's, at this incredible event and concert, with Oprah, the Black Eyed Peas, James Taylor, Rascal Flats Chris Angel and Jennifer Hudson, ALL FOR THE PRICE OF TRAIN FARE!
When it ended at sunset, Nate, Oprah's designer friend, was leaving, I ran right up to him saying, "OMG Nate, I love you!". He looked at me and said "Ok?" (like, why is this lady so excited? I'm not a rock star.) but he shook my hand! So, I even got to shake the hand of a famous person!
the Chicago Sun-Times,
the date was even funny,
my friend is definitely in trouble now.
as part of a 2 page spread titled:
and my friend is sitting down, in the Harley hat, waving.
opened to this picture, our picture.
SHE WAS SUSPENDED FOR 2 WEEKS WITHOUT PAY.
I felt really bad. Its been almost 2 years now,
hopefully she's forgiven me.
All for the price of train fare & water taxi fare.
And my theory once again proved true,
that money & material possessions don't always bring happiness.