Several years ago the girls and I ate dinner at Beasley’s Chicken and Honey downtown. Mmmm. They fry up this incredible hen and plop it on a homemade waffle, a little honey drizzled randomly over the bird. A couple of weeks later, as I struggled with supper options, it hit me: I could replicate Ashley Christensen’s (Beasley owner) entrée. I already had the ingredients in the freezer.
I pulled out four Eggo’s and opened a bag of Tyson nuggets, a little Mrs. Buttersworth, and swala!, dinner was served.
I believe that may be how we were discovered. She heard about my cooking prowess.
Last Thursday, I got a call around 5 PM. The conversation went something like this:
“This is Jessica from the Rachael Ray Show. Is this Danny Tanner from The Real Full House blog, the one who wrote the book Laughter, Tears and Braids?”
I assumed Uncle Jesse was punking me, but I chose to play along.
“This is Danny.” Rachael must need some help in the kitchen, I thought to myself. Probably working on chicken and waffles.
“I’d like to talk with you about your family. If you’re interested, we would like to consider flying you and your girls up to be on the show.”
Well, I’ll have to see if I can fit you in between Ellen and dinner at the White house. I’m receiving a Metal of Honor for my literary genius.
“We are finding that our male viewership is increasing. We are working on segments that appeal to that audience.”
“So, this isn’t Jesse?”
I didn’t get too excited. I still wasn’t convinced this wasn’t some sort of elaborate hoax, and we’d had some odd offers before that didn’t pan out. Three groups have talked to us about reality TV shows. When I express that I’m not about to have open season in my living room with no editorial control, the conversations tend to wane. A documentary on pushing through tough times I’d be interested in; the Raleigh version of Honey Boo Boo, not so much.
We’re supposed to fly out today. I’m not exactly sure what will happen – I think they’re doing some videos of our family on Wednesday and the actual show will be taped on Thursday. It could be a 15 second snippet with us pointed to in the audience, sort of like Funniest Home Videos, or perhaps we’ll get to sit at the kitchen table and sip on a cup-o-joe with the star. Or maybe, just maybe, I’ll get to teach her how to make chicken and waffles. Talk about a ratings bump!