Wheel of (mis)Fortune

I don’t watch a lot of game shows so when this question came up I had to think about it for a bit. I used to watch them a lot, back when my oldest two were little. I used to love Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. I used to love answering the questions and shaking my head at the contestants who missed the simplest questions. I remember one person had to call a friend to find the answer to “How many donuts will you get if you recieve a baker’s dozen?” I was so frustrated with that person. I couldn’t believe that they didn’t know the answer. It was the first question asked. But I’m sure they just got a bit flustered, it has to be hard to have that kind of pressure on you. Answering question in front of a live studio audience and knowing that it could change your life had to rattle a person.

The only show I can remember being a constant is Wheel of Fortune. I remember watching that show with my mom when I was young. I watched it when my teens were young and I was in my late teens and early twenties. I still watch it. It isn’t something that is on every night. But when we do get a chance to sit down and watch it the entire family joins in. We like racing to see who can solve the puzzle first.

I would love to be on that show. However I don’t do well speaking in front of people anymore. I used to be more outgoing, I was in drama and loved doing speeches back when I was in school. The last time I spoke in front of people was at church when we a friend attended the first time and I had to introduce them in front of everyone. My heart raced and my face turned red. That was in front of people that had been to my house for my kids’ birthday parties and who I had spent time with outside of that setting. Maybe if I could get over that terror of speaking in front of people I might be able to do well. Walk away with a decent prize. But that is a huge if. I’m certain it would be a Wheel of Misfortune for me, I would probably forget how to spell or talk. I’d get a bracelet caught on the wheel. I’m sure I would embarrass myself. So while I can do really well when watching it, I’m not sure I could do so well with cameras rolling and people watching. Unless I could get on one of the pairs episodes.

do you think you would do well on a show like Wheel of Fortune?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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7 Responses to Wheel of (mis)Fortune

  1. Joselyn says:

    Wheel of Fortune was one of my mom’s staple shows. Challenging, but not impossible.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    love the name, “Wheel of Misfortune”. Yeah, for the few shows of that ilk, I can sit in the living room and often beat the contestant to the correct answer… but (like you) I know the glare of the studio lights and the stress of both audience and TV viewers would certainly upset my otherwise detached equilibrium. LOL

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  3. I know very many bright people ‘wash out’ during the trials of these shows.It’s easy to come up with answers in the comfort of your won home, but with the audience, lights and competition, plus the worry about the money you have and may lose, it’s another ballgame altogether.
    Maybe you already know why a Baker’s Dozen is 13 instead of 12. If anyone reading does not, it is from France, after their Revolution. The laws became very strict and anyone caught cheating a customer was severely fined and possibly put out of business. Baked goods were handmade; there was no way of guaranteeing consistency and standards were put on the books by weight, not numbers. Since scales were expensive and cumbersome for bakers who had push carts or delivered their wares, few had them. So to keep everyone happy and to stay out of trouble, bakers would toss an extra roll, cookie, what-have-you, in to be over, rather than under, the acceptable weight.

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I had to laugh at your description of the things that could go wrong while on air. I’d be embarrassed enough if I forgot everything I know, but I could also see myself forgetting to check the mirror and having a bad hair day, or forgetting a button or two on my blouse.

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