Monday, February 22, 2010

Heads Or Tails - Rumor

Andy Warhol is rumored to have said every person has fifteen minutes of fame. Ok, I think he DID say it but I have to tie that quote into this post. You see, I came very close to having my own fifteen minutes of fame once. Here's how..

I used to be an avid watcher of Dr. Phil and one day he featured helping people overcome their fears.. things that made them panic. Snakes, spiders, you get the picture, right? I watched that show and was thinking but what about people who just have panic attacks and agoraphobia like me?

I wrote the show and asked if they'd ever thought about doing something on that topic.

Fast forward to the day I was moving from that apartment to one in a different county. Me and daughter were at the old apartment cleaning up & getting close to turning over the keys. The phone was due to be shut off and utilities ready to be transfered.

The phone rings. It's a staffer of the Dr. Phil show. They want to come to my home and do a show about what being a person with agoraphobia is like. To MY home. I was already nervous about moving and this just increased my panic, but I talked to her and answered her questions. I don't remember all that she asked me except for the one about if I had good teeth. (I do.)

I guess I answered everything ok because she said she'd call me back later that day. I took note of the time and me and daughter took the last load to the new place. When we came back later the phone had been disconnected.. as planned.. and the new number was not being forwarded. I had no way to contact the staffer.

I suppose I could have tried. Maybe I should have tried. But I didn't.

16 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh, you should have called them back. Everyone deserves their 15 minutes! :-)

Anna said...

Rumor has it I used to watch Dr. Phil a lot, too. I'm not sure I would have called back. Probably not.

Rinkly Rimes said...

So near and yet so far. I'm sure your teeth would have been a wow! I've never been that close to fame!

magill50 said...

shoulda, coulda, woulda....I like this post.....and still proud of you baby

MommyWizdom said...

Hmn... I think everything happens for a reason.

:-)

MommyWizdom

Grandma said...

I'm thinking that having a TV crew in one's home filming for a show could cause a panic attack. And you wouldn't even need to be agoraphobic. IMHO, fame is greatly overrated.


My HoT: Rumor Has It

anthonynorth said...

Still plenty of time. I reckon Warhol may have been right with modern media.

Tammy said...

That's cool! I think I would have had a panic attack being on Dr.Phils show.....way too many people watch that, my nerves would have gotten the better of me.

Hootin' Anni said...

....you could still do it Barb!!!

And I have to disagree with Anthony's comment. Modern media is not just 15 minutes...a story of anyone of fame goes ON and On and ON!!!!!!!

Misty Dawn said...

I don't think I would have called back either. You know how I don't like to be the center of attention. But, you've got good teeth, and that's what matters ;-)

i beati said...

Do not struggle any longer let someone else take over your struggles that's what I finally had to do .one day I had a long talk with God and said I'm tired you take it .it's yours you carry me--interesting question about the teeth..sk

Karen said...

It is too bad that it didn't work out. It may have helped others. Wonder what the deal was about your teeth?

The Curmudgeon said...

Yes, the teeth angle intrigued me, too. I suppose bad teeth may be scary in high-def?

I have a great story about the guy who called me because he was mad about not getting on the Jerry Springer Show. I wonder if I ever told that on my blog... now I'll have to go back and look.

Sassy Mama Bear said...

Strange timing on that call, but maybe a little divine intervention too because I am not sure if certain things need to be aired on national TV. Just my opinion. I'd have a hard time airing stuff about my depression, being an ACOA, and my panic/anxiety disorder on TV...I have a hard time talking to the therapist and psychiatrist some days. You should read yesterdays post about my view on depression. Okay Penelope's babbling again.

Grace said...

Nice rumor. I'm thinking that Dr. Phil thinks people with bad teeth come across as hicks... not my feelings... but thoughts.

Your prize for guessing at my blog? Friendship.. there... isn't that great?

Forgetfulone said...

Well, was this only a rumor, or did they really want to come out there?