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Hello friends! I'm headed to Australia in Sept 2011 to visit and perform with my friend Ali Penney and the Money Makers! Fundraising has been going well to get me there (airfare is high). I've created a hand made T-shirt to reward those who have donated $20 or more to help defray expenses for this trip. You can see a picture of the shirt on my FaceBook page. www.facebook.com/patpepin If you would like to donate, you can do so securely thru PayPal by visiting this link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=UWYX4G4L64SNA Please be sure to include or email me your mailing address so I can get your shirt to you quickly. Grey or Pink cotton: Men's crew neck S-2XL Women V-neck S-2XL Thanks for your support. Pat
READFIELD -- Pat Pepin, 51, is convinced that the power of visualization landed her a spot this summer as a contestant on the game show "The Price is Right." From her home in Readfield, she has been reading the book, "The Secret," a self-help book that tells readers that if they visualize what they want in a particular situation, they'll receive it. A friend she met on a cruise last winter, invited her to visit him in Pasadena, Calif., to see Eric Clapton perform at the Hollywood Bowl. She also looked into tickets for the "The Price is Right" television game show, one of her favorite shows since childhood, she said. "My friends kept telling me that they're going to pick me," she said. "They said they could hear them say, 'Patty Pepin come on down.'" She was one of the first roughly 325 people in line given a number and nametag and asked to come back at 8:30 a.m., Pepin said. As she went in, she had a chance to chat with a producer. "I was so impressed with his job. He has to be happy and upbeat two times a day, three times a week (the times the show is taped)," she said. Pepin said she wore pigtails and a Maine T-shirt so she'd stand out, and she cracked a joke with the producer who pulled on her pigtails, but she didn't make it as a contestant that day so she got a ticket for another show. "I just had a feeling. It was strong," Pepin said. The second time she packed a lunch, wore comfortable sneakers, and was ready to get called on. Once again, she met the producer "He looked at me and said 'Patricia, have I seen you before?'" she said. She found a seat and the music started playing. Moments later the familiar announcement boomed out: "Patricia Pepin come on down." Pepin was one of nine people in the audience selected as a contestant that day. She can't say how it turned out but said it's to be aired on Oct. 5. While she was there, she said a man proposed to his girlfriend. When Drew Carey asked Pepin what she did for a living she told him that she was a blues singer and offered to sing a song for the newly engaged couple. "I sang 'At Last' by Etta James. The crowd erupted and everyone cheered," she said. She doesn't know if that little performance will be cut from the taping or not but said that she learned a valuable lesson from the experience. "No matter what you ask for in life, you're gonna get it," she said. - Joyce Grondin www.kjonline.com 8/3 PS: DREAM BIGGER! I am!