Our crew of eighteen gals headed out on a 36-hour adventure to meet Drew, attend a taping of The Price is Right, and cross our fingers that one of us would get picked to go on stage. Since we had been studying the prizes and prices of recently aired treasures' "retail values" for a few weeks, we were all confident and ready to go.
We began our journey at the airport because flights on Southwest to LAX were too reasonable to pass up. Our game show tickets were for Monday, so we flew in Sunday to extend our girl time. Choosing a hotel close to the studio was important because, quite frankly, getting eighteen gals up in the morning and out the door was going to be its own adventure. After dropping off our bags, we headed to the outdoor mall, The Grove, for some camaraderie in shopping. Once there, we picked up energy and celebrated our inner Divas by taking lots of posed photos all around the mall as our Facebooks hummed with "xyz just posted a photo of you".
Getting a bit hungry, we took a break for lunch at what is said to be the original farmers market at The Grove which has a wide enough variety of choices to make everyone happy. After lightening our wallets a bit, we headed back to the hotel to dress in our pre-planned bright pink shirts for dinner at SUR. You know the place, the one co-owned by Lisa Vanderpump from the Real Housewives of Beverly hills? Our evening was spent trying to spy our favorite scandalous characters and enjoying each others company. Perhaps a little too loudly, as fun groups can do, so trying to avoid adding to our group's infamy of craziness by being asked to leave, we happily headed back to our hotel.
The next morning, bright and early, the troop headed into the studio, on time I might add. The studio was easy to find with the lines and a crowd out front, so after meeting the group coordinator we headed in the gates to stand in line, get our pictures, and then have a group interview. Would any of us get picked? We hoped so! After about an hour or so wait, in which you could buy lunch before the show, we were brought in and sat down a few rows back, center stage! Drew came out shortly after the MC purposely got us riled up and dancing for the cameras, and, let me tell ,when you walk in and see the stage you have dreamed of being on all your life, (or the month prior to going) you are already excited enough.
The sad news here is that we were not called to "Come On Down" but Drew did invite our birthday girl on stage during a commercial break. As for the taping, the stage was difficult to see during the game and of course the jewelry impossible, but we got to get a close up view on their TV screen set to the audience. We cheered, we gave advice, and we danced. After the show taping and licking our wounds for not getting picked, we headed to the airport for our flight home.
With all of us dressed in our pink Price is Right shirts everyone asked us if we won anything all the way home. We may not have been picked, but we all decided it was well worth the trip regardless. As a disclaimer, this particular group of girls are just plain fun and crazy so make sure to bring along your wild crew for an equally great time.
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Thank you Julie for our game show inspired journey