Friday, October 14, 2011

Why I am never making a deal with my followers again!!!

Okay, as promised yesterday ... the time has finally come to make good on The-Deal-I-NEVER-Should-Have-Made-But-FOOLISHLY-Did.

Just to quickly recap (in case you're newer around here): when I was a foolish, foolish teenager I got stuck on It's A Small World at Disneyland, struck up a conversation with the woman sitting behind me, and somehow ended up as a contestant on a REALLY lame, REALLY low budget, REALLY short lived Game Show called Hollywood Showdown.

(Yes, I realize my life is weird. These are the kind of things that happen to me.)

Anyway, a couple of years ago I made the mistake of posting about the experience--minus the name of the show because... well... someone has posted a clip from the show on YouTube and it's SUPER easy to find if you search for the show by name.

Which of COURSE unleashed a flood of comments/emails/tweets hassling me to let everyone view the humiliating clip. I resisted as long as I could, but I eventually caved to the pressure and decided to make a deal with my followers, promising that if my book ever sold I would post the horrifying YouTube clip on my blog so you all could watch it and make fun of me.

Fast forward to this week with all my exciting news and... well... I guess I have to make good on my promise.

*cries a little*

*considers fleeing the country*

I... have no words for what you're about to see--except... yes, I'm aware of the Bangs of Doom, and the nervous shuffle-shimmy thing I keep doing, and HOW LAME I LOOK IN THE BEGINNING WITH THE CLASPING-OF-HANDS-AND-SUPER-AWKWARD-HANDSHAKE THING (I will forever hate the producer for telling me to do that). And don't even get me started on the fact that I TOTALLY LOSE.

Basically, this is Shannon Shame at an all time high--or low, depending on how you want to see it.

But I swore I'd post it, and I am a girl of my word, so... 

*deep breath*


The worst part? This is NOT the most embarrassing clip from my time on the show. It's just the only one on YouTube--that I've found at least.  (Well, there are a couple where I'm in the background). There are actually much worse moments you aren't able to see.

And for those of you now desperate to see the rest of my humiliation, never fear. Every so often the Game Show Network gets the brilliant idea to rerun the show. Yes, it is awesome when that happens. Especially since it's one of those shows where the contestants are on it for an entire week. A WEEK of Shannon Shame on national television.

*headdesk*

I guess the moral of this story is: DON'T HAVE BANGS! And DON'T GO ON GAME SHOWS--ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE GOING TO ACT LIKE A NERD--AND LOSE! And definitely, DON'T PROMISE YOUR FOLLOWERS YOU'LL HUMILIATE YOURSELF FOR THEIR ENJOYMENT IF YOU SELL YOUR BOOK!!!!!!!!!

And now, if you'll excuse me. I need to flee to Mexico and start over with a new identity. I'm thinking Senorita Messenger, maraca-player extraordinaire! 

41 comments:

  1. How is it possible that you were already this old in 1992?

    I do love that you made this the largest video on a blog, ever, though. That took courage.

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  2. Actually, I think you look awesome. That's amazing you were on a TV show. And you're so young.

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  3. You were on a game show? That's incredible. At least you didn't give a dumb answer - that's even worse.

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  4. Awwww Shannon!!! Love your great big name tag!! Awwwww you're lovely - and you did ever so well and it's a great clip!! Yay! Take care
    x

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  5. Aw, that's not so bad. You didn't trip and fall or wear anything embarrassing.

    Oh god, now I have to go search YouTube to see if they have the lame little PBS high school quiz show posted. Not that I'm on it or anything...

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  6. *puts on game show network* *keeps it on FOR LIFE*

    Okay, that was fantastic. Your bangs and my bangs would have been nerd friends, definitely!!

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  7. I think we all had bangs of doom at some point.

    And I LOL'ed at B.E. Sanderson's comment because...yeah, I'm on the lame PBS high school quiz show too...

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  8. Awww!!! You look adorable! And I love how you clapped for yourself. And let me just say that if I had ever done anything like this, I would have fallen down those stairs. That is true shame.

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  9. I definitely had bangs once and they were awful. And they're in all my high school graduation pictures.

    Although I do think national television is probably worse :-P

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  10. Hey! You were awesome. And it wasn't like you lost because you didn't know the answers, I saw you trying to push your button-thingy. He just got there a little faster. And don't make fun the bangs! I had them as well, for years (Okay, so I'm a little over my pictures of them, too. But you were way cuter than I was!)

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  11. DUDE I think I watched that show! I totally remember contestants looking for the box office and the timed questionning...never knew someone on that show would eventually become someone I know IN REAL LIFE. Or, you know, ON THE BLOGOSPHERE REAL LIFE.

    It's a small world, after all.

    (*laughs* I crack myself up.)

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  12. We can be sister friends because I had the bangs of doom too... but I have never been on a TV show. So you must be the famous one.

    I will just say, thanks for sharing.

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  13. Oh my gosh, you are ADORABLE! That's barely any shame. Those bangs aren't even all that doom-worthy :)

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  14. It was not a big clip at all! I wouldn't consider it shame. And what's with all the bang hatred? I have bangs. Hubby just told me a few weeks ago that he really likes them and wants me to keep 'em.

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  15. Your bangs are cute! My mom gave all three of us girls bangs that started, like, in the very top of our heads. They were the biggest, longest bangs ever. Thanks for sharing this! Oh, and Shannon? It's time to make another deal with us, isn't it? Maybe related to sales or movie deals :)

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  16. I think you're cute! Seriously, no shame in that one. I would have been a quivering Jell-O contestant. The universe loves you.

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  17. LOL. I can't wait to watch this from home tonight (no YouTube from school). We waited a long time for this moment, #1. And I have to tell you, I'm so glad the moment is here--not because of the clip, but because it means YOU'RE PUBLISHED!!!!!! :-)

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  18. Remember the process of GROWING-OUT bangs? That was almost worse than the bangs themselves.

    I think you look so sweet -- look at you being all sportsmanship with the handshake and clapping for the opponent.

    Also, YAY book deals!!!

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  19. I, like Emily, love that you clapped for yourself. Maybe I'll have to post some pictures of me with glasses, braces, and a bowl cut if I sell my next book.

    I just watched Hugh Jackman talk about peeing his pants on stage. Your bangs are not that embarrassing.

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  20. You're a good sport! That game show moment of fame was worth your awesomesauce news of your book!

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  21. Note: Watching this at work, in a large office, will get you funny looks.

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  22. LOL! Love it! The bangs aren't that bad :)

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  23. I would've KILLED for bangs like yours in the 90's! Mine could never quite commit. Hey, at last you got the first answer, eh? You were winning for a second. :)

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  24. I think your button was stuck. Yes, this must have been it.

    It only looked like you had a nervous tic right at the beginning...after that it was all good.hahahha Not really, you looked great.

    Also, some of us still have cool sort of side swept bangs so get back on board with that, sister.lol

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  25. aw it wasn't that bad. u were a good sport :)

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  26. Uh, hello, could we have a little more enthusiasm in the clapping there? You, my friend, do not have a poker face :) I could read the "could you please just shoot me?" all over your face. I'm glad I'm not the only one with therapy worthy 1990s flashbacks. If it's worth anything, I was totally rooting for you. Your opponent really seemed like a douche. And WHERE do I know that host from???

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  27. Yay for showing this. You are brave.

    And those bangs look fine :)

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  28. Brilliant! Well done on selling your book.

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  29. Cute! And not nearly as shameful as it could have been... I mean, you didn't slip on the way up to the stage and pants yourself or anything. ;) If anyone should be embarrassed, it's Hollywood, for having to lend its name to this lame-show.

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  30. Love it! Not nearly as bad as you think. Although periodically I will start searching for youtube footage of Senorita Messenger, maraca player extraordinaire. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  31. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HAPPY THIS MAKES ME. *evil laugh*

    All the (nicer) commenters above are totally right though. Vintage Shannon is still adorable. Even the bangs. ;)

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  32. HA! I have an experience JUST LIKE THIS. I also lost, and I am also filled with chagrin when GSN decides to replay it. I always get lots of calls and texts. Hahaha.

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  33. Oh my gosh, you are totally cute!

    My roommate was on a Korean (she's blonde-haired, blue-eyed) kids-singing-show-thing when she was like five - but we haven't been able to find any clips!

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  34. Haha! I love it! Thank you for sharing this with us :D

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  35. I love that you came through with this! I totally searched YouTube for it the first time you mentioned it but couldn't find it.

    I was on my high school's Varsity Quiz team, and I can't remember ever watching it on TV. Absolutely no desire. None. I hope there aren't any YouTube videos of my time on there because there was the one embarrassing moment, the one the other team members teased me about. Yeah.

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  36. I've had worse. At least you answered your question correctly.

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  37. Hey, I would have killed for your bangs o'doom! My mother got sick of trying to tame mine and forced me to grow my hair out. Around the time you were filming this I was dyyyying for your hairstyle!

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  38. I agree with everyone else. That's not embarrassing at all. Could have been much worse. At least you weren't a contestant on Survivor.

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  39. Hee hee. This is an epic day. That is all I ever need say on this ever. Bwa ha ha!


    (by the way, word verification: widebun. Any significance to you, Shannon?)

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  40. I think you look cute with the bangs but lol, that handshake thing was pretty random.

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  41. Um, hello? You look awesome. Like, I-look-hideous-in-comparison awesome. Not even joking. And, you did great! I would have failed that show SOOOO badly. I had NO CLUE whatsoever the answers were, so give yourself a break! :D You did fantastic. So happy you're PUBLISHED!!!

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