SEEING MAURY POVICH.
I love Maury so much, that I woke up at 4:45 am on Friday, which is my usual bedtime, to hit the open road and head to Stamford, CT. Besides the fact that being in a car for three hours in the snow/rain/slush isn't fun, we managed to spill our coffees on ourselves at least three times. I had decided that even though the dress code wasn't business casual like when we went to see Jerry Springer, I decided I would wear my black mini skirt, the heels that killed my feet on Valentines day, a cute black and white polka-dot cardigan with lace by the buttons, and my (fake) pearl necklace. I wont lie, I totally looked awesome.
But I wasn't exactly dressed for the weather. Once we arrived outside the Maury studio, we were greeted by a line of at least 600 other Maury fans. I stood at the end, shaking in the cold. I thought I was going to fall over and convulse because my knees would not stop shaking. Eventually, about an hour later, we made our way to the front of the line, where we were told that the first taping was full and we would be guaranteed a spot in the second taping. Our faces fell as the dude wrapped neon yellow wristbands numbered 40-43 around our arms.
We all looked at each other and wondered what there was to do in Stamford, CT at 9am. We knew the answer was "nothing" but we still headed to the mall, even though we knew it wasn't open. There were hoards of woman jogging around the mall PUSHING STROLLERS. Like, A LOT of them. It was extremely bizarre. Luckily, Barnes and Noble was open, which had a Starbucks inside. I opted for the organic chocolate milk and a red velvet cupcake - my favorite.
After the cupcake, I started scoping out the arts & crafts books, many of which I regret not purchasing. I found the Stitch n' Bitch book for crocheting (I don't really knit, I had always crocheted, until last year for my birthday when Aleigha gave me the Stitch n' Bitch Knitting book and a pair of bamboo needles) and I saw so many fun projects! Why I didn't purchase this book? I will never know. I do know that sometime soon I will be buying this, as well as the other book that showed you how to make crocheted food items, such as cupcakes, strawberries, bacon and eggs.
Anyway, as we were leaving the mall, all of the baby-mama-joggers were now laying on the floor of the mall stretching in awkward positions as their children cried around them. We eventually made our way back to the studio for 11:30, which should have been a half hour before our taping time. We watched an episode of Maury while in the waiting room, catching it halfway through. I pulled out my LOGIC book after a few minutes, hoping to quickly pass the time. The episode ended and we quickly grew agitated. One of the security guards came in, starting the episode over, which occupied us, but made us realize that it might be a while before we got into the studio. That's when pizza after pizza was brought into the waiting room. They had ordered about twenty pizzas to hold us all over until the next taping began. SCORE! Also, keep in mind, that the Jerry and Maury studios are WAY smaller than they look on TV. The studio only hold about 200 people, and even at that, I think that is quite the over estimate.
After eating all of the pizza, waiting a bit more, and then seeing the second half of the Maury episode, again, we were finally starting to be summoned onto the Maury set. They called numbers 1-40, which wasn't good, because Jared had #40, and didn't want to sit somewhere totally different than Nora. Jared stayed with us and we waited for our numbers. Finally, after hearing many other ranges of numbers being called, we figured out that they skipped over 41-50, which could have potentially been bad, because when we brought this to the attention of the guy organizing the seating and he brought us in, there were literally only about ten seats left, and only one group of four. Thankfully we made it, and about 15 minutes later, the show started.
We were instructed to clap, awe, and boo at appropriate times, but at this point, us four were almost too tired to do so.
I wont spoil the show for you, because I will be urging all of you to check it out when it is set to air. However, I will say that the theme for the show was paternity tests.