After Greg’s phenomenal entry to StayCay to FarAway yesterday, I spent the entire afternoon and much of the evening setting up an elaborate array of props, planning an intro and outro and ready to work in several specific things during my three minutes of air time. However, ever the deft competitor, Greg set me up: I never had the chance to use half the props I had at the ready thanks to a slick move he made with his slide show.
Last week, I dished out the first entry to StayCay to Far Away with my Destination Cooking video (Homemade pasta with orange cream sauce). When my video posted, Greg let me know that he loved it. We had set out to make our videos about three minutes long (that’s approximately the average person’s tolerance for a Youtube video). I had failed at that, with my lead-off video running 5:28. Greg let me know what while he loved the video, he had noticed the length:
For those who did not follow last year’s 40K to Far Away Challenge, Greg is referencing the fact that in last year’s challenge, which was to spend 40K miles and $400 to get as far away as possible, I messed up and totally busted the budget. Some, including the man formerly known as The Devil’s Advocate, have hurled harsh words over my heretical blunder:
Didn’t you end up cheating the last time around?
— Julian (@JulianKheel) April 13, 2020
Unsurprisingly, I offer the naysayers an alternative perspective:
I prefer to look at it like hitting a foul ball. I had the distance, just landed a bit outside the pole.
— Nick Reyes (@NickatFM) April 13, 2020
This time around, I took our 3-minute marker as a loose guideline rather than a firm line in the sand, so I took some liberty with the length. Thanks to your thumbs up, I figured I was in the clear and my slight loquaciousness in Week 1 had been excused.
However, Greg made sure not to let me off that easily. He shrewdly punished my transgression on the first video by making sure that my second video would be short enough to ensure that I wouldn’t steal much more than what should have been my 6-minute share of your screen time allowance over these past two weeks. Alas, I was left with a table full of props that I was unable to work into the story when the ending hit me faster than I expected. I was particularly bummed about my inability to tell you the story of how my hotel lounge had a build-your-own-English-breakfast-donut-burger-bar. Sorry, Stephen, I guess your invention wasn’t meant to catch on.
At least I had a chance to put Carrie’s bonus life hack into action.
And if you missed the video at the top of the post, here it is again: Improv Travel with Nick: