Minus our first case shot this round, I feel the furthest removed from the two locations shown in tonight's episode. Production-wise, they were the second and third cases we shot. We were fresh on the road, getting used to a new director, a new crew and two new investigators: Jason and Jesslyn. Of course we were all getting along and being polite to one other, but let's be honest here - we were thrown together and any fixed marriage takes time for feelings to develop. The Zaffis Clan (of which John says I am a part of, like it or not) didn't quite know what to make of the new blood. Jesslyn was like an outdoor cat; we fed her, so she stuck around and now she's ours. Mr. Gates won us over with his travel backgammon board, that sneaky devil...but I'll get to that in another post.
For Season Two, you can pretty much tell when things were filmed by the length of my hair. I bitched about a bad cut when I first hit the road and started this blog and tonight was the evidence of it. Unlike Samson, I gain no strength from it's length, but it's such a part of me that when it's cut I feel...off. And "off" is how I entered these two investigations. Thankfully the rest of the team was there to pick up the slack. But I'll try not to slack on the back-end view of this episode. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so at what exchange rate do we factor in video? During the taping of season one, I had hoped that someone would take pictures or behind-the-scenes video to really capture what our life was like on the road. What can I say, I guess I really am a true documentarian at heart. But, we got home with only the episodes themselves as proof of our prior three months. I was not going to let that slide this time. Check out this bit of whimsy then we'll continue with the deep thoughts.
• Sonic Karma? I recall a conversation we had in the van while we waited for Aimee and John to finish the walkthrough. Chris and I heard LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" on the radio and he commented on how amazing it was that they got paid so much to create something so simple. I was feeling rather surly that day so I grumbled that it disgusted me that some people had to work hard for so little and others figuratively step in it. Kind of the same mentality as the Occupy Wall Street movement, except we were in a Rite Aid parking lot so perhaps we were occupying that. Jesslyn piped up that it was a fun song and it made people happy so therein lies the merit. I did mention the surly part right? So, I felt the need to argue a pointless battle over a silly song that was hurting no one. Anyway, now that I'm home and back doing shooting and editing, I've been handling a lot of proms and what's a staple at every one? You got it, plenty of LMFAO, including, "Sexy and I Know It" as well as "Party Rock Anthem". And what do I do when I hear them? Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle! I don't work out, though...LOL
• I remember the press showing up to see what was happening while we filmed and as it turned out, I was standing outside at the time. It's funny how the piece shows the production team as the investigators. See? This is the perfect example of how an edit can skew reality. Watching this again is making me miss the crew!
Segment two put the team down in Jacksonville, Fl at a place called the King House. A private residence, it is infamous in the area for tales of murder and spirits alike. We rolled into town and our first meal together (cast and crew) was at a little seafood shack by our hotel. The piles of shrimp, scallops, flounder and other marine morsels took over the table as we caught up on what the past months had brought each of us. This was our first indication that Jason could possibly eat as much as I did...as the season progressed, we made the concept of a doggie bag unnecessary.
Well, this blog entry has been pretty packed and I know there is a ton I'm forgetting. But, I'll pause here until next week when our adventures in collecting take us to a case that I'll have a TON to write about! For you five faithful readers, I leave you with my traditional sign-off; "Never Stop Searching".