I have a hard time sitting around and doing nothing. I feel a need, almost a compulsion, to always be busy. Even if the task isn't particularly productive, I feel better being engaged in an activity versus just sitting and watching television. I love to write and spend a lot of time on my computer, either working on this blog or entering various essay contests.
Over the years I have wasted
entering Internet essay contests, and I have yet to win a single prize.
Last year I learned that my piece detailing why my sister and her family
deserved a trip to Disney made it to the final round, but since we
never received tickets in the mail, I eventually accepted that I did not
win. Undeterred by my lack of success, I continue to write and enter.
few weeks ago I came across a contest searching for the "Ultimate
Hockey Fan." If you know me at all, you would realize that my being
considered a hockey fan borders on the absurd. Scott, however, is a
die-hard follower and fan of the Washington Capitals. When I saw that
the prize was box tickets for a play-off game, I thought it would be fun
to enter. I wrote my submission in first person, borrowing the thoughts
and actions from my husband. I hit the "send" button and never thought
much about it.
In fact, I forgot all about the contest
until I received an email from ESPN (the contest sponsors). I was
informed that I was a finalist and a phone interview was requested.
Somehow, I had convinced the reader that I was the ultimate hockey fan.
Who knew I had a knack for fiction!
Scott spent most of
Sunday afternoon tutoring me on the intricacies of the sport,
concentrating on the Washington Capitals. I learned about the positions,
some of the stats and the stories behind many of the players. By the
time the phone rang for my interview my mind was on hockey overload.
my surprise I wasn't asked any questions about the Caps or about the
game. We talked about the perception of hockey, why I like the game and
how I feel about the players in general. I was surprised about how much I
knew, and how much respect I indeed had for the sport. I hung up the
phone feeling confident that I completed a strong interview.
evening I received a phone call from ESPN. I have been selected as one
of the "Ultimate Hockey Fans." This evening a camera crew will be
arriving at my home to film my reactions while watching the Capitals
game. I suspect I'm going to have to be more animated than my usual
demeanor, which includes my toiling on Facebook and giggling at Scott
while he prances and paces around the room spewing obscenities at the television.
reactions to the fast paced action of my new found beloved sport will
included in a piece that will air later in the playoffs. I'll let you
know when it is going to be shown. In the meantime, I'm hoping that my
acting ability is as strong as my interview skills! I hope Scott
appreciates the play-off tickets because this could push me into a whole
realm of humiliation. After all, my being on ESPN is the epitome of irony!