LAST EDITED ON 05-31-05 AT 03:38 PM (EST)
What the deuce? Hi to you too, Matt... Damn, no love...
I won't answer questions 3 or 4, but the only details I got on Escape Your Life is that it was for people who wanted to take an exotic trip and adventure and win prizes. That was it, and they told me when the show would likely tape (which fit my schedule almost perfectly), so I gave it a shot.
They were ready to have me sign a contract and tried to get me to make my flight plans out to the taping when I finally told them to stop and that I wouldn't do anything until somebody gave me some more information. Finally they made it sound like I was getting super-special treatment and let me talk to the head casting guy who told me what the show was. I was really really really mad, as I had seen the first two seasons, and felt that 90% of the guys weren't average, but rather below average. Head casting guy convinced me that it wasn't as awful as I was making it sound, that they thought I was good-looking and smart (oh, Steve...), but my deficiency was my youth and the fact that I was still in school, hence no career (and my utter lack of physique - he never said that, but I'm adding it on myself). And they promised me the chance to win some really good prizes - I believe the words the girl who cast me said were "the prizes you would win if you stayed long enough would more than make up for any tuition you might lose." After consulting with career counselors at my school to make sure this wouldn't ruin my life, I decided to do it. I'm glad I did, and I personally believe the quality of guys was higher than in the past; I think we're mostly a bunch of average joes, some of whom are pretty successful at meeting women. With a couple of exceptions, we're mostly the type of guys you'd see anywhere, whereas in the past, I felt like they tried to find more loveable losers to endear themselves to the viewers.