Visualizing the Vibe
(It's All About the Journey)
begins one of the great Roadchix Tales to date. Our
wild journey to try to win a Pontiac Vibe for a week.
A week of what you ask? Well, a week of roadtripping,
of meeting the people who make this country great and
of course, what would a Roadchix trip be without Roadside
story below written by Kristy describes the crazy events
in our trying to win this Sweepstakes.
night while watching TV, I ran across a Pontiac commercial
in which a pair of people begin jumping up and down
delirious because they had won a Pontiac for a week.
This was music to my ears. "They're giving away
Pontiacs for a week?" I thought. Roadchix can show
them what roadtripping is truly about.
a few days later, I surfed to www.pontiac.com
to see what the deal with this sweepstakes was. "The
Deal" was that you could indeed win a Pontiac for
a week. In 75 words or less, Pontiac asked you to explain
what you would do with a Pontiac for a week and why
they should give it to you.
an opportunity. I knew that the Roadchix could not pass
this one up. After many emails, editing and debating,
a pithy 60 word answer was sent to Pontiac along with
pertinent personal information. And then we stored this
application away in our minds as simply a good story
of, "Oh yeah, one time we tried to win a Pontiac,
but we never heard anything."
Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 8:15
I opened my e-mail to discover a letter that began:
and jumping up and down, I read on to discover
that the congrats were because we had made it
to the next level, not because we had actually
next letter involved more questions. Questions
that speak to the heart of Roadchix. "What
does roadtripping mean to you? What are your feelings
about driving? What are your feelings about your
desired vehicle?" And our personal favorite:
"Places you would go." And
thus we plotted our trip to the place we had not
yet journeyed, to the very heart of America and
to its proudest creations: its Roadside attractions.
And then we proposed the following trip:
Largest Teapot (WV), Mummies of the Insane (WV),
World's Largest Rubberstamp (OH), World's Largest
Crystal Ball (OH) World's Largest Egg (IN), Watermelon
Statue (IL), Popeye Statue (IL), World's Largest
Man (IL), Angel Museum (WI), Spam Museum (MN),
Jolly Green Giant (MN), World's Largest Strawberry
(IA), Corn Palace (SD) and ended with 'and we're
just getting warmed up".
off went the e-mail and I wondered if we had any
chance of ever hearing back.
Pulling Our Leg Again
Tuesday, December 4, 2001 - 8:05
began going through my e-mail to discover a
letter from Pontiac. Fortunately, they didn't
start this one with "Congratulations",
but we had made it to the third level. Great,
I thought, but what are the stipulations? Fill
out paperwork...get Beth to fill out paperwork...make
a video. Make a 2-3 minute video? By December
15th? Oh no. That was 10 days away. Leaving
us one weekend to get together and film something?
But Beth is in Boston, I thought. And we both
have tons of weekend plans.
began a harrowing of week of debate on where
we should go, what we should include and how
I was going to get to Boston. Not to mention
canceling our weekend plans, procuring a camera,
finding editing equipment and finding someone
to go along and film us.
Eyed and Confused
Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 5:15 am
woke up bright and early to begin my journey to
the airport and then to Boston. What follows is
an amazingly typical day with Roadchix. We took
our friend Cara along to film and she did a fantastic
job. If you follow our day from here on you'll
see us: get lost, get a little crazy with the
attractions, get lost, discuss what would be great
about actually having a Vibe, get lost again,
philosophize on why we love roadtripping and you'll
meet a little of the local color we ran into when
we were asking for directions. So, please read
on and click on the pictures to watch video clips
of our day.
What Do We Do?
Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 10:05
a the airport and picking up my luggage we were
a bit perplexed as to go about starting a film.
What do we do? How do we go about introducing ourselves?
Should we talk to people? How do we look on camera?
What are we doing? Are we funny or do we just 'think'
we're funny? So here's Take 1.
Search of Stonehenge
Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 11:25 am
Off in search of "America's Stonehenge",
which looks nothing at all like the real Stonehenge
in England. We began to discuss what would be so
great about having a Pontiac Vibe for a week.
Anyone Know How We Actually Get There?
Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 11:50 am
Not much dialogue here. You see we're wondering
about aimlessly looking at the guide that "America's
Stonehenge" provides. Much confusion, pointing
and walking about in search of the right path. This
is extremely typical and fun. We get lost all of
the time, and this only enhances the fun. You never
know what you're going to stumble across next.
Put It There If You Don't Want Us To Make Fun of
Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 12:05
Typical Roadchix antics ensue as we come across
these mysterious paint marking on the rocks. This
leads to a debate on why anyone would paint such
weird outlines on rocks. If you watch the clip,
you'll see the conclusion we came to.
Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 12:15
Arriving at "The Secret Room", which was
the highlight of the informational video provided
by "America's stonehenge" before you journey
out onto the ground, Beth investigates just how
this "Secret Room" works.
There Such a Thing As Camera Sickness?
Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 1:05
Cara was a great sport throughout the entire day.
She filmed over 50 minutes of video for us at different
times. But as you'll see there is a great hazard
in filming, especially while walking and while sitting
in a car. It's called motion sickness.
Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 1:20
We had about an hour and a half between "America's
Stonehenge" and "The World's Largest Mission
Back Chair" in Gardner, MA. So, we decided
to film more footage in the car. Thus, we began
a very in-depth discussion on why we love roadtripping
so very much. Unfortunately, we didn't have space
to send this footage to Pontiac.
Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 1:35
This footage goes on for probably over 20 minutes
and it was hard to choose two pieces to use. Roadtripping
is very near and dear to our hearts, because we
feel that it is the only true way to experience
this great country and to meet the fantastic people
who live here. We'd be happy to tell you more if
you email us. But, if not watch these two clips
for a general outline.
Chair is That-A-Way
Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 2:05
Arriving in Gardner, we kept calling out, "I
recognize that!," which was inevitably accompanied
by the other Roadchick saying, "Really? I don't."
After taking every branch of the rotary except for
one, we stopped at "Burke's Country Store"
for some directions.
Soon - Maybe
(I think we lost it!)
The Final Cut
Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 2:05 PM
Alas, we made it to the chair and after many out
takes, mistakes, miscues, banged knees climbing
the chair, cold fingers from the weather, and noise
from the traffic, we have a finished product.
What? We Wait.
So finally in mid-February, I came home to a package
wedged between my screen door and front door.
Inside were two Pontiac Pass It On t-shirts and
the following letter:
behalf of the Pontiac team, thank you for being
a part of the Pontiac Pass It On casting process.
Unfortunately, we only had openings for a few
driver groups. At this time, all current openings
have been filled by other applicants. If another
opportunity arises in the future, we will keep
your entry on file so there is no need for you
a token of appreciation for your effort, we are
enclosing Pontiac Excitement Pass It On T-Shirts
for you and your team. We hope you will continue
to share in the fun and check out what other groups
are doing with their Pontiacs at Pontiac.com.
Again, thanks for being part of Pass It On. Hope
to see you on the road soon."
Thus, We Journey On, Minus One Pontiac
Everyday - Enjoying the Journey
So what are our final words on this? Was this
worth a plane ticket to Boston at the last minute?
Was the canceling of our weekend plans worth it?
Was the work, the recruiting and the planning
worth it? The answer is a resounding "Yes!"
It doesn't matter where we go, it doesn't matter
who we go with, it doesn't even matter if things
don't go as planned. We approach every trip, every
plan, every detail as an adventure, so even in
the midst of problems, we're having a blast.
just want to thank Pontiac for giving us a chance
to "Enjoy the Journey" unexpectedly
and for giving us an excuse to visit our favorite
roadside attraction (the World's Largest Mission
Back Chair). Many, many, many thanks to Cara our
mysterious camera woman who you'll occasionally
hear on the clips. She did a fantastic job and
was an absolute blast to have along on the Journey.