For those of you following up on yesterday’s post, I played a prank on my best friend this weekend that was 30 years in the making.
She tricked me into believing that she was dating John James, star of the TV drama Dynasty, when we first met in college. We have laughed at the memory over the years, but I finally found the right moment — and resources — to give her a little payback.
Her family planned a surprise birthday party for her on Friday, and I flew in as part of the festivities. Bad weather delayed the actual party, which meant my little surprise became the appetizer.
I told her I was dating someone new — ‘John’ — but was purposely vague on details.
Then my phone rang.
The actual John James was the on the other end of the line. I had found his manager’s number, and John graciously agreed to be a part of my “wonderful, evil plot” to get back at Caroline.
John and I chatted briefly to establish our relationship, and then I passed the phone to Caroline, speaker on so I could listen to her ‘pass judgment’ on the new guy.
She soon complimented him on his ‘radio voice’ and asked if he had worked in media. He ‘fessed up to being a producer and an actor, cleverly mentioning he once performed in the musical Promises, Promises near her hometown (where their photo was taken oh-so-many years ago).
She soon realized they knew the same musical director who conducted the same show at the same theatre…Wait a minute, who did you say you were?
She believed he was the real John James quickly enough, and even thought we were dating for a moment.
To the victor go the spoils!
A huge thanks to John James for making my redemption possible.
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Celebrities like George Clooney and Brad Pitt love to regale us with stories of the pranks they play on their fellow actors when they’re making movies. Let me tell you –
They’ve got nuthin’ on me.
I played a prank on one of my best friends this past weekend that was 30 years in the making.
But let me back up a bit…
It all began when she pranked me only a couple of weeks after we met in college. I was in her dorm room, waiting for her to get ready for dinner and noticed a framed photograph on her shelf –
Caroline with her arms draped around the neck of John James, one of the stars of the then hit drama Dynasty.
When I asked how the pic came to be, she confided that the two were dating, but she was keeping it quiet at his request.
Of course I didn’t believe her at first, but then she started producing a lot of convincing evidence: her father’s pageant and production credits, connections through musical theatre friends and a well-timed phone call from John James.
I spoke to the man myself.
Begrudgingly I had to concede — the two were a couple. He called on two other occasions when I was in her room and said hello. But during our last conversation, ‘John’ confessed that he was really Caroline’s brother.
Why did she do it? Especially to a friend that she barely knew? Because she could? Evil.
It is now a thing of legends, a story that we rehash often, laughing at her nerve and my naive acceptance. But this past weekend, I turned the tables. Now the story has a very different ending.
The satisfying conclusion, here — tomorrow…
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The party’s over…
It was a day late, but twice as fun. I donned a tiara, a sash — Miss Cellany, cause I do love a good play on words — and jewels courtesy of the woman of the hour.
The setting was beautifully adorned and the speeches hilarious and heartfelt.
I am so tired I may have to leave it at that.
It was the 50th birthday party that didn’t happen.
Well, not as planned.
I flew to Cincinnati today to attend a surprise party for my best friend from college. Her family had gone all out, and she was totally in the dark.
Then the weather dumped its own surprise on us — ice and snow that made the roads too dangerous.
So we had to reschedule the party for Saturday and let her in on it.
A smaller group of us ended up at her next door neighbors house tonight for an impromptu dinner, which was loads of fun…so really, she is getting TWO parties.
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Writing a daily blog isn’t always easy.
Sometimes there’s not enough time in the day. Often there’s loads of time, but no ideas rolling around inside my head.
Today was the latter.
But just when my thoughts were beginning to jell, movie critic Richard Roeper posted this photo to his Twitter feed:
I had such a sugar rush, I might as well have really eaten them.
They are from Do Rite Donuts in Chicago. Guess where I’m headed next time I blow into town?
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I do not know Toneh Perry.
But when he offered his thoughts in a hashtag game on Twitter yesterday, I thought he and his entry deserved a larger audience.
The hashtag — #confessyourunpopularopinion
It is not
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