Forever Young

maintain a balance worthy of a 22 (almost 23) year old chick. One thing I have been lax about is this blog. I am deeply sorry. This Basic Cable Intern is really letting down her Microsoft WORD program. It’s getting such infrequent use.

So much for that, here is the latest edition of the Basic Cable Intern!

Last week was quite an eventful one. For a week I was a little unsure of, seeing as there are so many new interns it can make your head spin trying to remember names, it picked up quickly. On Monday I spent a good deal of time around the stage area just soaking it in. When rehearsal rolled around I went to sit up with the rest of the interns. That was when Steve, the stage manager, called to me, “Meg! We need you to do exactly what you did last week.” For those of you who don’t remember the previous week or are too lazy to scroll down to my last post, Steve was referring to me standing in with Conan as he “gave a fan a new Facebook picture”. The week

Sorry Mom & Dad (and Kevin, I guess), I eloped!!

prior we posed like we were in bed together. This week, well, Conan made an honest woman of  me. I had no idea what to expect because we hadn’t rehearshed this before like we had the week earlier. Sitting in my close to the front seat, Scott the costume head told me to take off my jacket for this bit. Before I knew it, Conan was “choosing” me from the audience and we walked in front of a green screen. The green screen was changed to a Wedding Chapel and a Velcro tux was placed on Conan and I was thrown into a Velcro wedding dress, veil stuffed onto my hair while a bouquet was thrust into my hands. We took several pictures of our “wedding.” It was awesome.

The next day I got even more interaction with The Bossman when I picked up his dinner for a gathering he was hosting at his house. When I brought him the food and wine he needed, he greeted me at the door and was extremely polite and grateful to me. At this point, he has to know who I am, which is pretty cool.

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to work the American Idol Finale that was being broadcast live from the Nokia Center in downtown LA. For this job I was working as a Talent Escort. Usually for this position, you are assigned one celebrity to follow around all day. You make sure they have what they need and get to where they  need to be at the right time. Well Instead of having a specific assignment I was assigned to be a Floater, which meant I just helped out whoever needed help. The coolest part of the whole thing was that I was within inches of Bono and The Edge of U2 fame, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga. Oh and I saw them all perform. And I got paid to do this. I’d give that day a “W” for certain.

 

Well my time at CONAN is running short again. This week was a dark week for the show so I have been exploring and doing pretty much whatever I wanted all week. I’d rather be busy though so I am looking forward to getting back to work on Monday. However, I am NOT looking forward to the fact that it will be my last Monday at CONAN. Yep. Next Thursday is my last day. Then onto the future. It still is the most incredible job on Earth and one of the best experiences of my life. I will cherish my last four days there.

 

CALIFORNIA IS DIFFERENT:

29) Bars in LA close at 1:00am. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT!?!? Now I don’t know if it is the college town that spoiled me, or the fact that since in Indiana you can’t buy alcohol on Sundays except at a bar, that made me this way: But I don’t want to leave a bar until I am darn well ready to! And I’ve got news for you, CALIFORNIA, 1:00 AM is NOT late enough for me. This is ridiculous. I imagine the law is set up like this so people don’t drive drunk, but if people  know they only have a few hours to drink, they are going to drink as much as they can in that time THEN drive home. They need the extra 2 hours to sober up!

30) This relates back to my motorcycle rant from a previous post: Motorcycles can do anything. And Motorcyclists can EASILY get around the law. In CA, a motorcyclist is given a 12 month probationary license. They can use the licesne like it Is a normal one, except they are not allowed to drive on the highway (which many do regardless) without paying for a full license, which can be up to $250 after you turn 21. Well I think this loophole is ridiculous as is this entire state.  Goodness me! I wish motorcycles were banned altogether. They scare the daylights out of me!

 

 

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Steven Stanton on June 4, 2011 at 12:07 am

    haha i love this blog! bars actually close at 2am. maybe 1am on weekdays. not sure. Either way, FAAAR to early for me as well. Not to mention disgustingly overpriced. I heard from a few bartending buddies that the margin on alcohol sold in many LA bars is as high as 600% over cost!

    And yes, as we were talking about once upon a time at the old intern bay at Conan, it is relatively EASY to get your motorcycle permit in california. All you have to do is take a 25 question (or so) test at the DMV, miss no more than 4 questions, pay a fee, and you get your permit for a year. The license fee is included with permit fee (which costs a mere $31), however, and you’re supposed to attempt to get your license during that probationary period. Aside from the no freeway rule, you also are not allowed to ride at night.

    Once getting your permit, you can get your license by either A) Taking the California Motorcycle Safety class, which, upon successful completion, automatically gets you your license or B) Take the motorcycle skill test, which is much more difficult, and many people opt out of by taking the class.

    A close friend of mine took the class, which costs $150 if youre under 21, and $250 if youre over 21, and said that many people who complete the class are still hardly competent at riding. This is because many people who take the class have never touched a bike in their lives, and they can get lucky and squeek by without really having the concrete skills they need to safely operate a motorcycle. My friend knows someone who just finished the course and received their license, and that person has already laid their brand-new 500cc sportbike down twice–at low speed. It sort of scary to think that a licensed rider who has finished the safety course can barely get their bike out of 1st gear.

    There should be a probationary period of 6 months minimum followed by a mandatory skills test for all new riders, with the safety course being optional. Just like when you get your license here, you have to get your permit, wait 6 months, then take a behind the wheel test before getting your license.

    Those are my 2 cents. Keep the blog goin, meg!

    -Beard

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