The other day I was cleaning under my bed and found a wedding gift I bought for friends. The wedding was a year-and-a-half ago.
When most people find a wedding gift they should have sent before the second anniversary approaches, they either rush to the nearest post office, re-gift, or, in my case, think back to the time they nearly ended the couple‚??s relationship.
The gift was for my friends Jamie and Drew. The three of us met while competing together on the ABC reality series ‚??I Survived a Japanese Game Show.‚?Ě
We bonded over being the only three cast members that didn‚??t go to bed early, typically staying awake half the night laughing and drinking, to the point alcohol was banned from the show.
Since we were the only ones who knew how to have a good time and were competing on the same team, we formed an alliance that would get rid of the other contestants on our team first.
However, once alcohol was banned from the show, Jamie and Drew found something to clench onto other than a bottle of sake: each other! That‚??s right, my alliance fell in love, and they were not open to group fun.
Halfway through the filming of the competition, our team was up for elimination and someone from our alliance had to face the challenge of possibly being sent home. Honoring our agreement of volunteering yourself after performing poorly, Jamie agreed to challenge the virgin librarian that didn‚??t stand a chance.
‚??I know Jamie and Drew are your friends,‚?Ě expressed two members of the opposing team as they cornered me before the elimination. ‚??But you should vote them into elimination. If she wins and it‚??s just the three of you, they‚??ll be looking to send you home!‚?Ě
Though I didn‚??t want to believe it, they had a point. With $250,000 at stake, I made the decision to go against my alliance and team up with the virgin librarian in sending the love birds into elimination, ultimately splitting them up.
Sorry I went against my alliance, Mom and Dad, but my airtime was in serious jeopardy.
In the end, Jamie wasn‚??t about to let Drew‚??s last impression of her be deep-throating squid heads in their elimination game. After sending him home, she was eliminated next and flew straight to see her man. Today, they‚??re married and just welcomed adorable twins!
The more I think about it, splitting them up helped them get closer. What‚??s a better wedding gift than that?