Early Monday, December 4, 2000 12:32am
Damn, this has seriously been one
of the biggest weeks of my life ever!!!
Okay, I told you about how that one A&R guy
from Interscope called us and all that, right?!!
Well yesterday, at maybe 5:00pm, I get this call
on the house line.
My mom tells me to get the phone, and I’m like,
“Who the heck is calling me on the house line?!!”
cuz I have my own line that everybody calls me
I thought it was some dumb business person, so I’m
all, “Hello?” And
they go, “Hi this is Jamie from Mars Music… is this
Marc Morcos?” And
I’m all, “Yah.”
And they go, “Are you 18 or over?”
And I’m all, “Yah.”
And then the guy’s all, “I’m just checking
guess he was reading instructions off a paper or
something, but then he goes, “Congratulations.
You’ve just been selected as a contestant in
our $100,000 shopping spree giveaway.”
And I’m thinking, “Yah, me and everyone else
that filled out that stupid little slip you begged us to
fill out on the way out the door.”
And he goes, “Can you be here tomorrow at
I’m all, “ummmmmm…..hmmmmm…. 2pm….. maybe.
Well how many contestants are there?”
And he said, “It’s just you and one other
there’s only 2 people?!!!!”
this is a big deal?!!!!”
I’ll be there!!!!!”
I couldn’t believe it!!!!!
$100,000 shopping spree!!!!!!!!
Do you know how many girls I could impress with
that sort of fortune?!!!!
Anyway, I was kind of in shock.
So today we went to church, and the
whole time I was trying to cut some kind of deal with
you let me win this thing, I promise—PROMISE—I’ll
limit my Mariah Carey fantasies to only weekends,
holidays, and special occasions…. certain restrictions
apply; see store for details.”
Anyway, so after church there was this lunch
thing we stayed for, and after that, we stopped by our
old house for something.
Then, after all that, we headed over to Mars
Music… you know—for that little raffle thing I was
telling you about earlier. Anyway, we went inside and checked in. I had to read some big rules thing and sign something, and
then the guy told me to just hang out till the contest
The way they were going to do this
thing was they had 100 little money bags (you know, like
the ones you see in cartoons… or really cheesy foreign
flicks entitled something like, “The Bank And The
Robber”) piled up on the stage. Ninety-nine of the bags had
$200 and $500 gift certificates in them.
The 100th bag had a slightly larger
bill enclosed--$100,000 to be exact. Anyway, the way the game is played is each contestant goes
rummaging through the pile of bags, picks one bag, and
wins that prize. So
while I was waiting, I was looking at the pile and
trying to look at each bag (the ones that I could see
anyway) for something different… like some kind of
clue on one of them.
They were all just sitting there, and I had the
chance to just pick the right bag and win!
The only problem was—I was kind of confused as
to which bag was the right one!
Anyway, they finally decided to
start the contest.
Me and the other contestant (I was hoping for a
really cute girl that I could hook up with after the
contest, but it turned out to be a guy) got up on stage.
I stood there and tried my best not to look
stupid in front of the crowd of all three people that
were watching—the rest of the 4 customers in the store
were too busy shopping.
I got to go first since my name was picked first.
The guy told me that I had about a minute.
And then off I went, choosing my fate, picking my
The $100,000 didn’t really hit
me. I didn’t even really think about it. I felt like I was just looking through bags for the hell of
I was throwing bags left and right looking for the one
bag that contained, if nothing else, at least the simple
phrase, “$100,000 Grand Prize Hidden Inside This
set this really faded old looking bag aside (all the
rest of the bags were completely brand new.
That was the only old bag, so it made me
suspicious.), and looked through the other bags. Then the guy saw that I was taking too long, so he told me to
go ahead and pick one.
But I think he said that cuz he knew I was
getting close to the Grand Prize bag and started to get
the only one that looked different was the bag that was
faded, so I picked that.
Then the other guy went.
He looked around for like five
seconds and then picked a bag.
So then they told us both to open our bags.
Inside the bag was a sealed plastic thing.
I pulled that out and tore it open and pulled out
the piece of paper. This was it—the moment of truth!!! Was I about to be the proud new owner of a $100,000 gift
that day, would I be directing a truck full of tens of
thousands of dollars of recording equipment, Ludwig
drums, Gibson guitars, Marshall half stacks, guitar
picks, banjos (relax, I’m kidding about the banjos)
and so on back into my driveway…. mindful of the fact
that if it backed up too far, my house would fall victim
to an uncalled for and completely inadequate sort of
face lift… if you will?!?!?!?!
These were the questions that raced through my
mind as I got ready to unfold the paper and learn my
There came a moment in that crumb
of time before I unfolded the paper, that I suddenly
remembered the deal I had struck with God earlier that
the negotiations were quite taxing, and at times, even
flummoxed, but alas, a covenant was reached.
And no, because of the unusual circumstances, I
am not at liberty to discuss the details surrounding the
anyway, I remembered that deal, and I all of a sudden
felt secure with the knowledge that I would be
the multi-thousand-dollar gift certificate winner!!!!
I HAD WON!!!!!!! I couldn’t believe that I won!
$100,000’s of equipment—all mine!!!!!!!
And that’s why, when I finally unfolded the
sheet of paper and found the words, “Congratulations.
You are the proud winner of this $200 gift
certificate,” it just didn’t make any sense.
I was all, “Hey, Mack… uh, I got a problem
check seems to be a few thousand short--$99,800 to be
the guy thought that was funny!
Can you believe the nerve?!!
Did I look like I was joking???
I then said, “Listen Mack!
This here check is only made out for $200!
Now, I know I was supposed to get that
other check you were giving away!
I know it!!!
So hand it over buddy!”
All of a sudden the guy seemed really confused,
and then scared… and then… and then…
well, I don’t even know what happened after
just say that things got a little out of hand.
Tempers went flaring, fists went flying, and all
hell just broke loose….
OKAY OKAY, you got me!!!
That whole last part was just made up!
I actually saw the little “2” through the
paper as I pulled it out of the plastic envelope.
I then looked away, took myself into a short
denial that I had lost, and then found it within myself
to look down at the paper and open it up. And it was then confirmed.
I was the “proud” winner of the minus $99,800
won $200. I
was kinda bumbed. The
other contestant at least won $500.
I asked him if he wanted to trade, but he
didn’t want to. I can’t say I blame him.
I always wondered how I would act
in a situation like that where you’re faced with a
huge prize, and how I’d react to winning or loosing
experience felt weird and a little mind-boggling, but I
still acted the same. And seriously, almost 99% of the time, I didn’t really
think about it. I
mean, I thought about the contest and all that, but I
didn’t think about what actually was happening and the
seriousness of it and all that.
After I lost, it didn’t make me mad and all
would think it would, but I just sorta thought, “That
guess I got $200 though.”
I mean, don’t get me wrong.
It was definitely a downer!
But I didn’t start hitting and hating myself
and all that!! I’m
thinking more about it now though, and feeling a little
more down… especially since Mario has been going on
nonstop since I became a contestant about how we’re
going to turn one of our rooms into the coolest studio,
complete with a raised sound-proof room where the
monitors would go.
And the room is not going to be dark and black
like most studios.
going to have white walls and recessed lighting!!!
And I should buy 2 more drumsets!
would be the studio drumset that stays up all the time,
so when we finish a new song, we could record it right
away! The other drumset would be my drumset that I play shows with.
That way, when I come home at 2am after a show, I
could just leave the drums in the cases and not have to
set them up again every time!!!
And he still is going on about how much stuff we
could buy with the $100,000.
I don’t think it hit him quite yet that I had
feel bad for the guy though.
I really don’t want to be around when the fact
that I actually LOST sinks in! But anyway, I’m glad I had the experience of this whole
was pretty cool, and I know it’s something that will
always really stand out in my life.
And plus, me and my brother analyzed the whole
thing, and we pretty much have all the tricks and
techniques figured out so the next time this thing comes
our way, we’ll win it!!!
Well guess what else???
I’m the “Producer” (trust me… the job
title is waaaaayyy bigger than the job) of this new show
being broadcast out of the 102.7 KIIS FM building in Los
show is starting out on the internet now (which, I know,
is a little bit of a joke), but I’m hoping it’s only
a matter of time before it’s on the radio. It’s basically like Loveline, and even has Loveline’s
original host “The Poorman” on it.
Yesterday (oh, today is Monday, December 4, 2000
by the way. I got home late last night and started writing this diary,
and then got tired and left it to finish later.
I’ve been writing for a while now.) was our
first show, and it was a lot of fun!
I was kind of scared at first because I really
didn’t know what to do.
But I ended up screening the calls (which is
a lot of fun—especially when it’s a hot girl telling
you her little problem.
I’m like, “Yah, that’s too bad—but maybe
I can be of some sort of assistance!”)
….. HOLD ON.
MARIO JUST CAME IN THE ROOM AND TOLD ME.
10:31pm Monday, December 4, 2000.
I’ll be back!!!!
And I’m back.
was alright—nothing special though.
Anyway, where was I…. Oh yah.
I ended up screening calls for the show and all
two weeks, we’re actually going to have Jo Jo from
KIIS on the show! That’s
going to be crazy!
That guy has actually talked to Britney Spears!
And he’s also talked to Christina Agulara, but
I don’t care for that little girl… but actually, I
shouldn’t say that cuz when we get big and stuff,
I’m sure these diaries will still be up, and if she
finds out what I said about her… well how would I be
able to ever face her again?!!
Oh the horror!!!
No, I love you Christina!
I just like Britney better… way better, but not
as much as I do Mariah.
She’s my favorite!!!
Anyway, a lot of things are
starting to happen, so stay tuned folks!
Oh, guess what!!!
I put the Christmas lights on the house today!!!
Last year, I bought these special hooks for the
lights and spaced them exactly right so they could hook
on the lights themselves instead of just the cord, and
look much more organized (they’re the big lights, not
the wimpy small ones), and I labeled the strings of
lights so I know exactly what goes where, and it was so
so so easy!!! I
just hooked it up really quick, and it looks really
really good!!! I
got gutter hooks for the roof.
I want to put the lights way on the top of the
house, but my parents don’t want me going up cuz they
think I’ll fall and kill myself!
But there’s this small little roof on the side
of the house that I put lights on, so I guess that’s
also had to adjust some roof tiles cuz the idiots that
built our house forgot to nail a bunch of them down, and
now they’re sliding and all that!!!
And that’s why our roof started to leak just
this year!!! Some
people, you know!!!
Anyway, well, I think I wrote long
really have to get these contacts out of my eyes.
I can’t wait to some day have enough money to
be able to get laser eye surgery and never ever have to
worry about contacts ever again!!!!
Damn, that would be really cool!
And if anyone is wondering what to get me for
Christmas… now ya know! :)~
Okay, that’s it for now.
Thanks for taking the time to read this whole
are sooooooooo too kind!!!!
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