Two wrongs don't make a right, but guessing "One Wrong" right can get you a pile of prizes on "The Price is Right."
Luck was with Maria Barairo, an Oakland firefighter from Danville, on May 16, when she was selected from among 300 firefighters to play for prizes on the long-running CBS game show. She was one of four people to try and come the closest to guessing the value of featured items without going over the price. She got to be the last bidder and, because she correctly thought her competitors guessed too high, she bet $1 and won the opportunity to play "One Wrong Price."
Maria works at Station 17 in Oakland. She and her boyfriend, also from Station 17, wore matching T-shirts that said "I'm with him" and "I'm with her." They wanted to stand out in the crowd so they'd have a better chance of getting picked to play.
"You have to be very excited and happy, someone who really wants to be there," Maria said. She wore her long dark hair in pigtails, jumped around a lot and, with her infectious smile, got noticed and indeed got to play.
Maria had to choose which one of the three items on stage had the wrong price: a Piaggio 125 Typhoon motorscooter for $3,589; a Bowflex home gym for $2,999; or a 4K HD TV for $600. With lots of encouragement from fellow firefighters, she correctly picked the TV (its actual price was $999). In total, she won more $8,000 in prizes.
I asked Maria if she got to chat with Drew Carey, the host of the game show. "He was pretty funny," she said. "When I won, he told me about his scooter and taking safety classes. He also told me '300 firefighters can't be wrong' when everyone was yelling for me to pick the TV. I went out and got my motorcycle license, and I've been tooling around Oakland."
Maria said she got to spin the wheel but didn't win that game, but she actually won the most out of everyone that day because the other contestants didn't win their showcases. "We all felt like winners," she said, "just being with a bunch of other firefighters for the day."
Maria grew up in Danville, attending Charlotte Wood Middle School and San Ramon Valley High School (Class of 1997). She received her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in 2001 and said it then took her six years to get her firefighter job in Oakland. During that time, she earned her emergency medical technician certification, did ambulance work, went to paramedic school, went through the academy and worked for the state for two years. She's been a firefighter in Oakland since 2007.
See a short clip from the show featuring Maria at http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lEM7ouV1YA8.
TENNIS AT 45 YEARS: Congratulations to the San Ramon Valley Tennis Club, which celebrated its 45th anniversary June 5 at a Danville cocktail party at the Greenbrook Clubhouse. The group is a community-based tennis club for San Ramon Valley women to provide competitive and fun tennis.
The club fields several different levels of teams in the Bay Area Ladies League (BALL), including Singles and Senior, the Contra Costa Spring League, the Diablo Valley Fall League and Mount Diablo Summer League. Home matches are played at Osage Station Park in Danville and Oak Hill Park in Alamo. Membership is $50 per calendar year.
Player positions are established through an ongoing ladder. For details, visit http://srvtennisclub.blogspot.com/p/about.html.
Contact Georgia Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org.