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In May 2015, Ellen and I went to New York to visit our daughter Alicia and to ride in the 5 Boroughs Bike Ride.

The bike ride is a 40-mile tour of all five NYC boroughs with about 25,000 riders (fun but crazy!!)

As we left our free hotel to grab some breakfast (more on that in a minute), we turned the corner.

There was The Ed Sullivan Theater.

This was the home of The Late Show with David Letterman and now with Stephen Colbert.

It was a little after nine in the morning and there were a few people standing in line.

We jumped in line to see if we could be in the audience because it was the last week of Letterman’s show.

Little did we know, we had to interview to be in the audience.

The producers ask you a few questions to get to know you and see if you’d be a good audience member (whatever that is).

At the end of the interview, the producer asked if we could get here in 30 minutes or less if we made the cut.

We only had one commitment for the day…

A timeshare presentation.

This is why we received two free nights in midtown Manhattan.

Ellen loves to sit through timeshare presentations to get a $100 gift card so we’ve been through many.

I don’t mind because I watch the different angles they use to sell us a timeshare. I’ve learned a lot about selling over the years.

Our “host” started the usual “get to know you” conversation.

He was probing for the crack that would lead him down a particular sales pitch.

We told him we owned a few timeshares at Lake Tahoe.

We also admitted we attend timeshare presentations only for the free gifts.

When he found out we’ve been through at least 20 presentations he laughed and said “I bet you could sell me a timeshare”.

Ellen and I both nodded in agreement.

Then I dropped the bombshell…

I told him we interviewed to be on the Letterman show and we’ll have to leave immediately if my phone rang.

“That’s the best excuse I ever heard”

Right on queue, my phone rang and we made the cut!

We ran about a mile to the theater because we couldn’t find a cab.

We jumped in our designated line at the theatre (the producers assign you to a specific line at the theater).

We didn’t know if we were in a good line or a bad line until we walked into the theater.

Front row, center baby!!!

David Letterman did his monologue about 10 feet in front of us!

So there’s my 15 minutes of fame. 🙂

Tell me about your 15 minutes of fame.


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