Hello Public -- it's finally here! After Herculean effort and countless dead-ends, I have succeeded in editing down my appearance on the VTV3 program "Uớc Mơ Của Tôi" ("My Dream") and uploading onto YouTube. Special thanks to fellow American and Wisconsiner Brian Cotter, a loyal reader and fellow beer drinker who volunteered to rip and edit the video. This one's for you, Brian.
The clips below appeared on the first episode of the show. In it the judges gave the candidates interview-y questions and evaluated them on a number of factors such as poise, confidence, answer quality and, my personal favorite, BS ability. Most of the candidates answered our questions in Vietnamese per the producer's instruction. So if you think I'm faking it during those scenes where I'm nodding thoughtfully at the candidate's answer, you're absolutely right.
Oh yeah, I'm a celebrity now. I've been recognized twice in public as "that white dude from that TV show." It was impressive because all white guys look alike to the Vietnamese (no kidding, really). On the way to Tokyo last month the flight attendant asked me "Did I see you on TV last night?" I answered, 'Ahem, why yes....yes you did." The second time was in an elevator in Hanoi. Neither person asked me for my autograph or stalked me, though. I'm disappointed I haven't had to get any restraining orders yet. Celebrity can be so fickle. I might have to check into rehab to get some attention.