By Seth Gold
Here’s the thing about being on a reality show. You’re just living your life — running your business — and suddenly there are cameras following you around. And then pretty much overnight, people start recognizing you and they’re asking for autographs. You can’t help but turn around to see who’s standing behind you — cause just the other day, you were simply a guy running a pawn shop.
So imagine our surprise last week when guys we’ve watched on TV for years came into American Jewelry and Loan and asked for OUR autographs! Q and Ray Ray from Pimp My Ride dropped in while they were in town for an appearance. How cool is that?!?
We’re still amazed on Wednesday mornings when we open our Hardcore Pawn fan mail and see notes from people that we consider REAL celebrities. Earlier this summer, we got an email from the production manager of Styx, telling us they loved watching Hardcore Pawn on the tour bus and invited us to their show that night. But they did more than extend the invitation — when we got there — they treated us like we were the ones about to go on stage! We hung out backstage with the band til midnight and actually found ourselves signing autographs for THEIR fans! Now Les thinks he’s a rock star! LOL
Speaking of feeling like rock stars — we were on our way to make an appearance at Lake of The Torches Casino in Wisconsin, when we looked up and saw our faces in the sky! We had no idea that the casino had put up billboards announcing our arrival! They even had our picture on blackjack tables! Now that’s Hardcore!
But there’s one thing that Les is still holding out hope for — something that’s rare and elusive. Last season, just before NFL player Hines Ward took the stage at Dancing With The Stars, he recognized Les. (There’s a fun fact to know and learn. Les and Lili are BIG fans of DWTS!) Les told Hines if he won the coveted mirror ball trophy, he’d buy it from him. But Hines held out — saying he’s seen how much Les pays! I guess the only way Les is going to get that trophy is to win it himself! What do you think? Do you want to see Les on Dancing With The Stars?