A few weeks ago, I was buying a newspaper in the Quick Check on Broadway in West Long Branch like I do every morning and ran into my friend Jonesy by the register. “Hey, I read that article you wrote in the Patch about the Elks. Great job.”
“Glad you liked it, Jonesy”, I said, “I hope you guys get a ton of members from it.” To which Jonesy replied, “Well, after the weekend we all had down in Wildwood for our convention, I think we’ll be getting a lot of members signed up just from that.”
We both chuckled a bit. My conversation with Jonesy got me thinking about what to write for my next blog, and for a moment, I was drawing a blank. Either that, or I had so many ideas, I was clogged up and couldn’t decide what to write about next. I was hoping it was the latter and not the former, because I would at least have been able to make a choice on what to write about. If I was drawing a blank, nothing from nothing leaves nothing.
Every day of our lives, something happens that is noteworthy to us alone or those close to us, but the question I always pose to myself is whether it’s blog-worthy or not. I want to write about something that more people than just me can relate to and hopefully come away with something positive.
For example. . .on Tuesday, I saw an announcement in the Patch for an open casting call. A film company was looking for people to be in a TV commercial for a local restaurant here in Long Branch. So just for the heck of it, I sent a photo of myself along with some contact information to the e-mail address that was provided. The next day, I got a phone call from someone at the film company, who started to provide me with details of the shoot.
I was hoping that it would start around 4PM after work, but just my luck -- the time that they were going to film the commercial was smack dab in the middle of my work day, and I couldn’t get out of the office. I thanked them for considering me and told them if there was any more commercial work they were looking to do locally, to give me a call.
So I almost got cast in a commercial that week. Later on, I found out through some Facebook posts that the commercial was shot at the Draft House. It’s too bad I didn’t do the commercial, because I’ve eaten there in the past, and the food is really good there.
This whole situation with the commercial came from out of the blue and was pretty exciting to me. My family was excited about it too when I told them about it. But the question is if you read about it in my blog, would YOU be excited by it, too?
I sure hope you did, because I just put it out there for all to see.
Based on my conversation with Jonesy, I wish I could have written about the goings-on at Wildwood that weekend. Sounded interesting, but I guess what happens in Wildwood stays in Wildwood. . .
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