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Just keeping it real

Ashley Hall

Gossip, whether true or false, seems to flow through the Vail Valley as smoothly as the booze. From DUIs to rocky relationships to ski-related injuries, there is always a steamy topic waiting to be passed on and embellished tenfold. With all this “real” drama it is no wonder that a production company from Denver wants to show Vail and the people living here on television to all those teenage girls who are searching for their role models.

About a month ago, an entertainment company from Denver contacted my roommate (a.k.a. Hollywood) and me about perhaps participating in a T.V. series that they are pitching to a couple different networks. Of course we immediately thought it was a joke and agreed to meet “the producers” (who we assumed were our friends) for lunch. Numerous cocktails later “our friends” had still not popped out of the woodwork to tell us we got PUNK’D so we began to take these strangers a bit more seriously.

Until last weekend we continued living our carefree, lighthearted lives, still creating gossip for others to pass on, but at least unrecorded and unfilmed. Starting last Wednesday, however, things were a little bit different. We continued living our “normal” lives, but instead of the usual two of us privately chatting, there were 20 people watching and listening to our gossip session. Instead of ripping turns on the mountain, we were filmed in lodge scenes “naturally” sipping on hot chocolate (and Bailey’s of course) and talking about boys. Unfortunately, though, I cannot say that we drastically altered our lifestyles to fit what this production company was looking for. In one week, we provided break-ups, make-ups, screw-ups, and royal f— ups just by living our own lives.

The week started with Hollywood and I basking in the luxury of a couples massage at the Cascade Spa (a normal Thursday afternoon activity for the two of us – please note the heavy sarcasm). We chatted about boys while the fire flickered oh-so naturally in our eyes. About five minutes into the massage, though, both Hollywood and I became quite comfortable being half naked in front of the camera (clearly not Hollywood’s first time) and began to chat with diarial lips about both of our relationships’ ups and downs. When they finally stopped rolling the camera, neither Hollywood nor I could stop our serious gossip session … so much for doing it just for T.V.

The week ended with (after witnessing a broken leg, dislocated shoulder, a DUI and a marriage proposal) a glamorous party in Beaver Creek. We shut down the week of filming with a party with a group of “20-somethings” looking to have a good time and ignored the drama, gossip and slander that goes along with it. In the end, I find it best to ignore the gossip told around you and create some for yourself because if you are always the one telling a story about someone else you clearly aren’t living life yourself.

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