After working as an extra on two episodes of the TV show Detroit 197 last summer I was looking forward to my network TV debut. But I was disappointed.

Even though we extras spent a 12-hour work day playing the parts of guests at a wedding in the episode that aired last night, very, very few of us actually ended up on TV for a very, very short time.

We worked that day in a ballroom completely decked out for a wedding with a huge cake, wrapped gifts, tables with centerpieces, etc... They had employed a band, brought in a troup of polka dancers, and all of us guests were dressed in our best. I was really looking forward to seeing it all on TV, but there was only the briefest shot of the ballroom with hardly any of the guests or the tables in view.

And this seems crazy to me when I think of all the time and effort that went into that faux wedding. There was a woman on the crew who's job it was that day to make the plates look like they'd been eaten on. She came around to the tables distributing plates with what looked like the remains of a dinner - little dabs of potato, some gravy, half a broccoli spear, etc... Another guy came around and half-filled our wine and drink glasses just so.

We'd all spent time standing in line that day waiting our turn with the wardrobe department to make sure we looked our best. I was instructed to wear more jewelry and so picked out some dangly earrings and a bracelet. This required filling out a special form to make sure the jewelery was returned, and standing in line again at the end of the shoot to do so.

So much attention to detail - for nothing! Now I feel silly for telling all my friends and family to watch the show. I was paid for my time as an extra that day, but the money is hardly the point. The point is the fun of seeing yourself on TV and in the movies! What a disappointment. There wasn't even a glimpse of me.

30 degrees in 3 days

When I drove to Kalamazoo on Thursday it was 86 degrees. When I drove back to Detroit on Saturday it was 56. That's all I have to say today. It's really starting to look like summer might be over.

Photo journey: Oscoda

I went on a little road trip last weekend to Oscoda - a resort town on the shore of Lake Huron. The occasion was the second annual September gathering of women from my former writing group. I hadn't seen some of them since last year, so it was nice to get reacquainted.

I leisurely traveled the back roads on my way up there, stopping to see what I could see along the way. I spent some time in Bay City - which sits at the inside base of Michigan's "thumb" - found some interesting objects along the roadside, and enjoyed my (all too short) time on the beach.

Bay City architecture

State Theater, Bay City

Bay City State Recreation Area

Pine after rain - Oscoda

Morning cloud bank - Lake Huron - Oscoda

My friend, Margery, on the beach

Let There Be Flowers *Designers Guild's Fall Collection*