I get to work this morning and a few co-workers tell me that American Idol is being filmed in OUR building (upstairs)- with Randy, Paula and Simon. Fate? Coincidence? Too soon to tell. Suddenly they're all encouraging me to go up there and demand a second chance. What do I have to lose? Public humiliation? Escorted out of the building in which I work? Being arrested? Eh.
I get up my courage (and my ID badge from work in case they DO try to escort me out) and go up to the floor on which they're filming. I exit the elevator...
Security guard #1: Hi- are you so-and-so?
Me: Uh... no.
Security guard #1: Oh, ok. Sorry, I thought you were someone else.
Me: Oh ok. [Completely shocked he didn't throw me out right then and there]
So I walk passed him and into the big room with the auditioners (and MANY other security guards). I run into a friend of mine and we talk briefly (and quietly so those guards don't hear me). She leaves to go somewhere and I swiftly start walking away from the authorities. I hear a voice from behind me.
Security guard #2: Ma'am?
Dang it. Ignore him... just ignore him...
Security guard #2: Excuse me, Ma'am?
Me: Yes? [Don't call me "Ma'am"]
Security guard #2: Do you work here?
Me: Yes, I work in the building.
Security guard #2: Here?
Me: Uh... downstairs....
Security guard #2: Are you here for American Idol?
Security guard #2: Are you a guest??
Me: ... no..... but um... I auditioned back in July, and I think I should get a second chance [totally regretting coming up here, at this point]
Security guard #2: I'm sorry, Ma'am, but you need to leave
Me: Can I please just have a second chance [what do I really have to lose at this point?]
Security guard #2: No, I'm sorry. You have to leave.
Me: Ok, thanks.
As I'm walking toward the elevators I see someone else I know and begin talking to her.
Security guard #2: [Obviously following me to make sure I leave] Ma'am- you need to go downstairs. Now.
Me: Ok. [If you call me "Ma'am" one more time, I'll give you a reason to arrest me]
Fate? Definitely not. I'm leaning toward a stupid coincidence. At least they didn't arrest me. And at least I can't say I didn't try. Again.