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Carol Perkins: Just winging it

Their highly successful radio show is called Susan & Carol Unscripted, so winging it for a homemakers gathered appeared to be a good idea . . . and it give the idea for a new YouTube series.
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By Carol Perkins

Susan Chambers and I were guest speakers at the Barren County Homemakers meeting last week and had a fantastic meal. We also met so many new ladies to add to our circle. Six months ago when Barbara Kidd (a fellow Metcalfe County Teacher) asked us to entertain, Susan called me to see what I thought. "This will be six months off so why not?" That would give us time to come up with a program/skit.

Suddenly that August arrived and we were not prepared. We had not talked about the meeting or what we were going to do. Time creeped up on us and Susan asked, "What are we going to say? We don't have a program to pull out of our hats!" We have spoken at a few other places and discovered that when we prepare, we often go off script anyway, so I said, "We'll think of something."

A few days before the event, Susan (who is much more organized than I am) was in a panic. She found a paper from an event we had done one time for the Homemakers in Edmonton about the expectations of a homemaker in the fifties. "Why don't we do something like that?" I was all for it! I researched ideas online and made a few notes. We never had time to practice.

On the day of the event we were scheduled to do a radio interview in Burkesville about the upcoming 200th Birthday Party in Edmonton the second weekend in September. On the drive over, we bounced around ideas. "Let's just wing it!" I said. She rolled her eyes. Then she said, "We should know how; we've done it enough." On our radio show we are Susan and Carol-Unscripted and never know what we may talk about each week. Our guests go along for the ride!

When we arrived, the room was filled with ladies about the same age as we are. I looked around but saw only three people I knew. Sweat popped out and my knees began to buckle. As we found our seat, it was time to eat, so I thought Susan and I might go over a few things as we ate our chicken. Without fanfare, the president of the club asked if we would like to go ahead and entertain. I thought, "Why didn't we have a plan? On no. I wanted to crawl under the table!"

Once in front of women much like us without a script, we just talked. We told about how subservient women were then compared to now, and how pampered the man was, according a 1950s Ladies Home Journal. This information always gets a reaction, but I felt we were flat and wished we had been a little funnier. We learned a lesson. However, after it was over, so many were gracious enough to compliment us and that made us go home not feeling too embarrassed. Winging an event is not always a good idea, but sometimes practicing takes away the spontaneity. We definitely had that!

"Do you think we might make a YouTube Station and broadcast from the kitchen table?" I suggested to Susan.

"What would we talk about?"

"Oh, we'd just wing it!"

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