Have you heard? The Duke City has a new nickname – Tamalewood!
The USA Network’s TV Show “In Plain Sight” filmed a few scenes of the 2nd season’s opener here at our Albuquerque bed and breakfast this past February. They set the place up as they liked it on a Friday, including moving out Rol’s pool table and turning that room into a bedroom. Our dining room became a living room again for the first time in 9 years. They returned the next Monday just before 6 am to finish the set up and start the shoot. They were here all day and the last of them were out of here just before 9pm.
What a day! No one could have possibly prepared us for this, although both the location manager and the set people tried. At first it was interesting…really intriguing, but after a while it became a bit boring. Then we realized…OMG! we have no control over our home at all! No order…no control…people and equipment everywhere. No where to turn, no where to run, no where to hide. Our street looked like the circus had come to town. The end of our block has an empty field and it was was bursting with trailers, trucks and a tent for feeding the cast and crew, (and us, for lunch). All in all it was sometimes boring, sometimes exciting, always bizarre and just a bit fun.
Our neighbors were warned in advance, and they were superb in their tolerance. Bravo Adobe Nido neighbors! Our neighborhood was a crime scene. There were police cars at both ends with lights flashing all day long. The street was a bustle of activity with large trucks along both sides with equipment, potties, you name it. The location manager is a local and really has NM’s best interest at heart, so everyone in the neighborhood were looked after. The whole production crew were gracious and hard working people. Really…the best kind of folks. There was a crew in here the next day cleaning it all up and putting our Inn back in its B&B order.
What I learned in it all?
1) Well, after seeing how much is involved and how many people it takes, (way more than 100), to film a few minutes of a tv show, I will never view television quite the same.
2) God is good and His sending us this unexpected kind of business just when we would need it is awesome.
3) TV stars do NOT have glamorous jobs. Eating chicken soup out of a paper cup at 8:30PM in my front yard, in the cold, while reading the latest script changes – that is not glamorous – ask Mary McCormack. I told her that I would never envy her and her job. Ever. Their hours suck. The soup did smell good, but our whole house smelled like soup after they were all gone.
4) The New Mexico Film Industry production people, and especially Film Industry people in Albuquerque, are really nice folks. They work very hard, they like dogs, and I like them.
5) I will do this again in a heartbeat….but I will find someplace else to hangout for most of the time they are here. Sometimes go-with-the-flow means go away.
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Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!