Last week I wrote about my run-in with The Real World DC cast and it appeared to have picked up some buzz.
Thanks to everyone for reading, it’s a story I enjoyed telling and telling it this past Friday led to yet another encounter.
My friends Sara and Ryan invited a bunch of us out to Wonderland Ballroom for some Friday night drinks. We all caught up on what was new with each other’s lives, which included my Real World DC cast run-in.
At the end of the night we go to close our tabs and my friend Mattie pulled me aside and asked if I was going to go find the Real World out in DC tonight and if he could come. My story inspired him to see what all the buzz was about. I checked Twitter and the latest news was that the cast was at Madam’s Organ; which I found pretty amusing because it was one of the places I suggested to Josh when he asked me which places to check out in the city.
I don’t take credit for the cast’s destination, the show must be heavily orchestrated, and before the summer is over they’ll visit almost every bar in DC, hell I wouldn’t be surprised if they are caught drinking Happy Hour mugs of beer and singing karaoke at Recessions.
Mattie and I grabbed a taxi and headed over to Madam’s Organ.
We pull up to the bar and as our IDs get checked I look up an on the balcony are two cast members, Callie and Erika. They are looking down at the street from their vantage point, checking out the people on the street.
I realize that we were staring at each for no particular reason so I did the only logical thing I could think of at the time: I waived.
Erika waived back.
I proceed to lean over to Mattie and inform him that they are indeed in the building. Mattie got very excited.
We stroll in to the blare of a lively band and the scenes of people jamming out to the music. We make our way upstairs and as I opened the door to the second floor I spotted the cameras. They were already capturing the cast doing what they do best: partying.
Ty, sporting a plain white T-shirt, he was surrounded by a crowd of beautiful woman and was living the life like any reality TV star should. I send off a quick observation over Twitter and Mattie buys the first round.
From the bar I give Mattie a lesson in Reality TV production, I point out the camera crew and what the various people do. The Real World camera crew was comprised of a shooter with a shoulder-held, ENG type camera; a sound guy with a shotgun mic attached to a boom-pole; and a production assistant that follows them around and collects waivers from people.
We decide to get some fresh air out on the balcony and we meet some girls celebrating a birthday and were talking about the spectacle going on inside. During our conversation I turn around and Josh walked onto the balcony to light up a cigarette. We bump into each other and I throw him a, “hey haven’t we met before?”
He looks at me and immediately answers, “ya we have,” remembering our last encounter.
I introduce him to the birthday girl and Josh takes a photo with the entire birthday party.
We talk about that screenplay he pitched me when we first met and he delves right into it some more. It’s all about vampires. He shows me the necklace Vampire fangs has has around his neck, a sign that Vampires is something he thinks about a lot.
He finishes his cigarette and moves back inside. Mattie and I decide to move to the third floor outdoor patio. The camera crew was moved up there as well, following Ty as he was having a good time with a whole group of ladies.
Mattie points out two girls, their lights from their wireless mic transmitters glowed from the back their dresses, indicating they were also cast members.
I decided to snap a photo of the whole scene.
One of them looks at me and slurs, “oooh you took a photo…”
I quickly deny it, making up a story of checking my text messages and she appears to buy it.
The group eventually decides to go downstairs and dance, and Mattie and I decide to move on to another room for another round of drinks.
We walk into a small room in the third floor and we see another cast member, Andrew, who was talking with a group of bar patrons.
As the cameras rolled we watched a couple of guys snapping photos of the scene. Obnoxiously snapping photos.
The TV camera crew moves on and a PA moves in to have the entire group sign waivers. After the crew leaves I walk up to the two guys reviewing their photos.
Upon asking them about their photo-taking orgasm they immediately deny taking any photos at all. They even denied that they knew The Real World cast was in the building.
I wonder if they thought Mattie and I were secret production crew members, ready to confiscate their photos or demand that they delete them. The production has already demanded that passer-bys delete photos of the production from their phones. I bet these two geeks were afraid they were next.
Mattie and I decided to call it a night after that.
Another wild night of Real World DC fun.