Laurie's Fun Field Trip: A Bird's Eye View of "The View"

Hey, if the kids get to go to the zoo and the nature center, why can’t we moms go on our own field trips? That’s just what I did yesterday when a pal and I were part of the studio audience at “The View.” No misplaced permission slips, Dramamine-resistant bumpy school bus rides, or dorky buddy counts, either.

We were told to report by 9:30 am sharp and by 9:15, the line to get in was snaking all the way down the block. But when we made it inside, we…waited. And waited. And waited some more. It was like a line at Disney World with taller people doing the whining (Note to “The View” people: Martha has benches in her show’s audience waiting area). But. Whatever. The wait did give me plenty of time to freshen up my lipstick for what turned out to be my non-existent on-air appearance. You see, I had made it into one of the three-second sweep-of-the-audience shots when I went to a taping of “MARTHA” last year. And because my lips had looked none-too-glossy then, I was determined to Learn From My Mistake.

But even with wearing my lipstick down to a stub and missing out on my big on-camera moment, the experience was well worth the wait. First of all, right off the bat, as we were ushered into the studio, we got some fun freebies: a bright red View messenger bag, plus a bottle of fruit juice and a chocolate chip cookie to keep up our stamina (all that standing and sitting around can really wear a girl out). Then, after we were given some intricate clapping instruction (clap LOUD and a lot), the music was pumped up and the show went on the air at 11 am.

The chemistry of the four co-hosts made for such entertaining give-and-take (it really did feel just like a bunch of my friends sitting around chatting), that I had to stop myself from jumping in (but then again, it is called “The View” and not “Laurie’s View”). Plus, we lucked out with the guests: Danny DeVito (funny) plugging his new Xmas flick, John Stossel (smart) plugging his “20/20” special, and Thomas Gibson (hunky), plugging his TV show “Criminal Minds.” Together, they made The Perfect Man.

My insider’s view of “The View?” I had a blast, but maybe not quite so much fun as one of my fellow-audience members from down South who was actually celebrating her 61st wedding anniversary that day. She was more than happy to share her secret to a long marriage with her 180-something new best friends: she left hubby home.

PS: To "The View" Folks: Will guest-host for food (i.e. chocolate chip cookies)

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