Our week of WAPL International Incident broadcasts concluded, as usual with another rousing addition of The Vacation Game. The Vacation Game is "inspired by" the Newlywed Game but we don't call it that because we don't want their lawyers to screw us, "in the butt, Bob". Also, our contestants are seldom, if ever, newlyweds.
We've been doing this on the last day of our broadcast since year two of the International Incident. That means it's been with us for 10 consecutive years as have three of our couples whom we'll call Doc and the Nancy, Tim and Nicole, and Mak and Becky...because that's their names. It seemed logical to have them as this year's contestants.
I'm not going to try to recount all that went down during this year's game. If you missed it, I assure you it was jampacked with laughs, most of which were "in the moment" and would pale out of context. But I do want to take this time to say how much I appreciate the fact that these six people have chosen to go with us and participate in our broadcasts for an entire decade. It is a joy each year to spend some time with them, and have a few laughs over drinks followed by a few more laughs over a few more drinks and still a few more laughs over still a few more drinks and the next thing you know it's time to go home again.
And the same goes for EVERYBODY who chooses to come with us on this adventure. While Fox World Travel does a fantastic job of setting up a fun trip that is a good value, we know it's still not cheap. We also know that even more valuable than money to most people is their vacation time. Vacation time is like sex, no matter how much you get, it's never enough.
As a result, I find it so tremendously gratifying that anybody, no matter if it's their first year or their 10th, chooses to spend one of their most precious weeks of their year on our trip and hanging around our silly broadcasts. And the fact that so many people have come back multiple times makes me feel like we must be doing something right.
I will admit that when we started our International Incident trips 11 years ago, I had some deep, deep reservations. First, I am a big guy who in hot, humid weather makes his own gravy. And secondly, truth be told, I've never been much of a "people person". In fact, I, like what seems to be an unusually high percentage of radio people, had always tended to be somewhat shy and socially awkward. I couldn't imagine having to spend an entire week with people I didn't know.
As a result, for me the International Incident has been more than just fun. It's been an opportunity for me to grow as a human being. It's been an opportunity for me to make new friends. And, most importantly, it's been an opportunity for me to become more comfortable in my own skin; if not in my grundy-prone, taint-pinching underwear.