One of my biggest regrets in life is that we didn't start up Restrepo Leather just a few months earlier.
About a month before deciding to start up our company, Jerry and I filmed an episode for House Hunters International in Bogota.
Sometimes I forget about this part of our lives, but inevitably an old acquaintance will reach out and say, "Hey, I saw the rerun of your episode the other night!" And then there was that time when the new girl in my book club said, "You look familiar..." and it turned out she'd seen me on TV.
The filming was both surreal and tiring. There was a lot of "hurry up and wait." There was a lot of repeating the same line five times. A lot of trying to convince the producer that yes, I'm sure, it's going to rain this afternoon even though it's sunny this morning.
One of the best things to come out of our stint with reality TV is the joy that it brought our favorite arepa lady down the street. We bought arepas from her on the show and gave her a copy of the DVD. I just went by the other week to get an arepa con queso and she told me that sometimes her daughter asks to watch it. She doesn't speak a word of English, but she watches the video frequently simply because she was so excited to be on an American TV show.
Anyway, back to one of the biggest regrets of my life. On the show, we visited the leather workshop to take our "first" class (Jerry: "How do my holes look?"). Can you imagine if we had actually started Restrepo Leather by the time we filmed and we'd been able to get free publicity on the show? A lot of people watch House Hunters International! I keep hoping they'll do a "Where Are They Now?" episode so we can promote our handmade leather bags for free.
Photo of the arepa lady by William Neuheisel.