Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Great Swedish Adventure ~ Part 14


Upon leaving the little restaurant from lunch, I decided to take a few more pictures of some of the "stars" with my phone.

Johnny Cash

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Jayne Mansfield

Neil A. Armstrong
Edwin E. Aldrin Jr.
Michael  Collins
7/20/69
Apollo
Xl

It didn't take long, to return to the office where I had been interviewed. There was a guy on the couch who was waiting to go back to the airport. I asked if anyone wanted to see my passport as no one had looked at it during my interview. Even though the paperwork stated to bring my passport, they apparently didn't want or need to see it. At least I knew it wasn't overlooked.

The guy waiting on the couch was from Texas. We started chatting and I learned how he felt about his interview. He thought one person really liked him, but wasn't to sure about the other two. It was interesting listening to him and what is going on in his life. It wasn't long until we were escorted to the car and taken back to the airport. It didn't seem like I waited very long before I was on the plane heading home. It was a short flight home and my husband was waiting to pick me up.

Since that time it has been wait, wait and wait some more. The first week went by pretty fast and wasn't an issue. This week though, as time gets closer to the 21st, the date we were given that we should hear from them by, tension has kicked in a bit. More waiting and wait some more. The guy from Texas and I hooked up on Facebook. We have been in contact the last couple of days quite a bit. I believe it was on Monday night I saw where one gal who had interviewed in New York had been cut. She posted the email she received, so I knew it was legit.

Another person in the top 40, a gal from Washington, found my blog recently and through our conversation I realized she had contact with another person or two from Washington. This gal and I have had more frequent contact the last couple of days also. Seems as if we are all getting a little on edge waiting to hear something and wondering if we are going to make the final cut. Once you have come this far, all of a sudden you REALLY want to make the final cut! I don't think anyone understands how we are feeling at this point, except for those of us who are waiting.

The guy from Texas figured out who the person was that left the nasty comment on my blog. Interestingly, when I went to check it out, I found I had been on his page before. I was looking for a picture of the Swedish flag when I ran across his page. What I saw printed on his page was pretty much a dead give away that he was the one. Sad that he vented the way he did, but I can't imagine if he were in the finals now and didn't make it what his recourse might be.

As of this moment as I write this I am aware of  only one person, who interviewed in New York, who has been cut. I have not heard about anything else. I am sure there has been more that has happened, we are just unaware of them. I received another email today from someone telling me her brother is still in the finals, he is from the LA area. Tomorrow was the deadline date they were hoping to be in touch with everyone by. Hopefully they are not to far off target from that.

As anxious as you all are waiting and looking for each post to see if I made it or not, you can't even imagine how anxious I am, as are the others. Still crossing my fingers and rooting for all of these people I am in contact with, and hoping the suspense will be over soon.

Thank you everyone for your support! I have done all I can and shared with you a great part of this experience. As I have said before, it has been a blast and an experience I will never forget. So no matter what happens I am thrilled, but I am also very anxious to finish it up, one way or another. It is getting tough to think about anything else at this point. I will let you know just as soon as I can whether I made the cut or not.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!



Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

12 comments:

  1. Cheryl, you are so right, I could not imagine what you and the others are going through right now. I am glad you have them for support! At lease you can talk to people who do understand. But I am glad you are still sharing your adventures! I can't wait to hear from you tomorrow! As you have only heard of one person being cut, that could mean that they are notifying the ones to be cut first!!!!! ~laughs~ Keeping my fingers crossed and lighting a candle for you! Good luck

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  2. It's down to what will likely be the last 24 hours of waiting.. Having read the link of the lady that was already told that she didn't make it makes me really wonder if we're going to make it after all. The fact that they started notifying people 2 days ago and neither of us has heard anything is probably a good sign.

    My only concern is that there are too many people from Texas, as I think they want diversity of home location as they want diversity of personality. So far they have held true to their word, and will let us off the hook, one way or another, within the next 24 hours.

    Whether I get chosen or not, I am grateful for the experience. It was an amazing (and very long) day trip to Hollywood. And I got a new Facebook Friend out of the deal, so I win either way! :)

    Kevin Machate - AKA "The guy from Texas"

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  3. Have my fingers and toes crossed for you.

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  4. Here's hoping you get news tomorrow, C ... I can imagine how suspenseful AND annoying this is for you! Oh, wait, sorry, I think I'm the one that's purely annoyed (still waiting for news on our house) ...

    *~*~***GOOD LUCK!***~*~*

    Sister L (can't figure out my old account so i use 'anonymous'--)

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  5. Cheryl, you are right....I don´t think I can imagine how it feels for you to wait to be contacted....I am still crossing my fingers...and I'm waiting too ...!
    See you in Sweden!

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  6. I hope you hear soon, and have my fingers crossed for you :-) Jo

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  7. So, today's the day?! Good luck!!!!

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  8. Cheryl, I've so enjoyed reading your journey. I am the "gal who was already cut"... I didn't realize that I was being cut so early... I thought everyone must have heard earlier in the week. I agree that the fact you haven't heard yet is a GOOD sign... they must be trying to get everything in order before they let you know. I am sending good thoughts your way and hopeful that you will indeed get to go on this GREAT SWEDISH ADVENTURE!

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  9. The wait must be killing you. Good luck!

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  10. The 21st is coming to a close and I have not heard anything yet. I have been following your blog but have been reluctant to comment, but reading this last entry and sharing in the suspense from my end as well, I decided that misery loves company. Thanks for the posts...they have been interesting to read. :) See you in Sweden!

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