The other day I was on my way to my office when I saw a familiar looking person heading toward me with an entourage at his side. It was none other than Bob Barker, of the famed â€œPrice Is Rightâ€. He greeted me with a big â€œHelloâ€, to which I vigorous replied with a, â€œHi, how ya doing?â€ We shared a smile and Bob continued walking toward his old stomping ground, Stage 33, where for the past thirty-five years he had hosted his daily TV show at CBS-Television City.
I wasnâ€™t sure if this friendly exchange between us was because he remembered me from all those times weâ€™ve said our hellos over the years, passing each other in the hallway, or because last year we spent some one-on-one time at a party hosted by his successor, Drew Carey–or simply because he was happy to be back in the building and was saying hello to everyone who passed him by.
When I asked someone why he was back in the building, they told me he was going to be a guest on the â€œPrice Is Rightâ€ and was there to promote his new book, â€œPriceless Memoriesâ€.
Many of you who have either read, or at least seen my blog, â€œEye on Hollywoodâ€, in the Orange Blossom have probably asked yourself, what do my stories about Hollywood have to do with writing. Well truthfully, absolutely nothing.
I started to write these blogs on my Hollywood escapades after much prompting from my OCC sisters (who are too many to mention–but know who they are). They presented the idea to me at a time when my fictional creative juices just werenâ€™t flowing, and it seemed like my writing muse had taken an extended vacation without me. Something that I thought never would happen, but did.
I think what might have contributed to my sudden creative failure was the loss of my most staunch supporter (my mother), a job change situation and a commute that sometimes had me spending more time behind the wheel of my car than between the sheets of my bed for sleep. But nevertheless, whatever the reason, my writing went on hold. And Iâ€™d be lying if I didnâ€™t say there have been those times when Iâ€™ve worried about my ability to write again. Then I saw Bob Barkerâ€¦an eighty-five year old man, who has more money than God, who certainly doesnâ€™t need the fame, whoâ€™s won at least nineteen Emmys, has endless interests and leads, to this day, a full enriched life—but with all that going for him, he still had the desire to be called author. Because he obviously felt the need to tell his story and see his words in print.
So my blog to you this month isnâ€™t about another star that I might have run into, or about the antics of what happens behind closed doors of a major TV studio, but to remind you that itâ€™s never too late to keep plugging away at your writing. Just ask Bob Barker. And Iâ€™m sure heâ€™ll agree that holding on to your dreams and keeping your goals alive can be priceless.
Oh, and I have one more message for you this month. Donâ€™t forget to get your pet spayed or neuteredâ€¦Iâ€˜m sure Bob would appreciate it.
Thanks for reading my blog…you may be the only one. 🙂
Happy Birthday, too.
on April 28, 2009
Wow, Bobbie, you always get to me. I loved that you tied in the writing with never giving up. We both need that same advice. Thanks for writing. Thanks for not giving up. Thanks for being such a good friend.