Million Dollar Neighborhood
Episode 1: Hidden Money
Posted: Sat 06/09/2012 09:00 PM
The "Test your Strength" bell was a really important part of the whole Hidden Money Market. We were getting the families of the Million Dollar Neighborhood together for a huge carnival to help them with their first ever challenge, which is why I was a little worried about the darn bell. Okay, a lot worried...
The families were potentially going to find out exciting news about their finances. If they hit the jackpot, I was going to have to ring that bell in front of hundreds of people. But I was NOT ready. And I sure I didn't want to screw it up when the crowd was gathered and the cameras were rolling. So I got out that sledgehammer and started practicing.
My first opportunity to ring it was to celebrate the great news the Bloom family got from H&R Block. Diane Bloom hadn't filed her taxes in years and had missed out on some important credits. The reason why was that she was busy fighting for her daughter's life. Michelle was almost killed in a car accident 8 years ago. Thanks to Diane's endless love and support, Michelle survived. And despite lasting brain damage, she pulled herself out of a coma and out of her wheelchair – to not only walk again, but ride her horse too. There was not a dry eye around when H&R Block told them that their taxes has been redone and that they would be getting a juicy refund from the tax collectors. I swung that sledgehammer like my life depended on it - and the ball raced to the top and rang that bell!
The carnival had money experts of every type ready to answer questions. Plus there were jugglers, face painters and ponies. My 2 year-old daughter was able to come out to the shoot that day and she had a ball. The biggest challenge for me personally was keeping the sunscreen on. It was a scorching hot day and I had what felt like an inch of make-up caked on, a pretty unusual feeling for a guy. As the foundation dripped down my neck I had to figure out how to reapply the SPF, or look like a circus clown myself. Except I can't juggle. Thankfully our fantastic make-up artist Stephanie was there to help me keep it together.
I can't wait until you get to see next week's episode. My make-up was running again, but this time because of the tears. The families are challenged to hold a massive garage sale and it proved to be a really emotional event.