August 1, 2005
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth quickly learned that living with six celebrities – including former supermodel Janice Dickinson and notorious baseball star Jose Canseco – on The Surreal Life 5 would have its weird and wacky moments. That’s why we asked the 31-year-old Apprentice bad girl, who splits her time between Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, to share her experiences with PEOPLE.com readers in an online diary, updated every week.
Here are her thoughts on this week's episode:
After a wild night in which we put on a naughty burlesque show and stayed up until the wee hours of the night talking, we were all pooped. The producers woke us up around 6:30 a.m. and informed us that we needed to get an early start.
We were all shocked that Jose was still wearing his white knee-high stockings from the burlesque show. In spite of the taunting that we gave him, he still refused to take them off. He even tried to convince the other guys in the house to try them out!
At this point the sleeping arrangements had changed: Jose was sleeping on the couch because he was too large for the twin beds, and I was sleeping in Jose's bedroom with Pepa, Caprice and Carey, because Janice was insane. Bronson was sleeping in his own king-sized bed! We were all sharing one bathroom, instead of two, because Janice selfishly set up her makeup team – or magicians, as we nicknamed them – in our bathroom.
When we gathered in the dining room to learn what our task would be for the day, we were informed that we would be doing a major playground renovation for a battered women's shelter. I was named crew supervisor, which was a shock to me because I knew very little about landscaping. En route to the Jenesse Center in South Central, Janice pulled down her pants and mooned onlookers for a full block. Sooo vulgar!!
During the ride to the shelter I assessed the members of the house to see who could be best utilized in a specific area. Jose was recovering from neck and back surgery, so his lifting was limited. Bronson has a back injury and his movements were limited. Carey has broken more than 50 bones in his body, so I was not certain what he could do. Janice is a geriatric supermodel, so I knew that she was psychologically limited. That left me, Caprice and Pepa to bear the brunt of the work.
As crew leader I was responsible for making sure that each of the items on the list got completed in a timely manner. There was only one problem with this: I was managing CELEBRITIES!!
Midway through the day, Carey informed us that he worked summers doing landscaping with his father. Why he waited until four hours into the day to tell us that was beyond me. After lunch, Carey took the list and started checking off the things he could do. THEN he started trying to tell me what I was going to do. That's when the problem started. I did not like his tone or the fact that he could have saved us hours by just speaking up! Don't name me as crew supervisor and then criticize me for taking charge of a situation!
Once we got over our little tiff, all was well; through the use of what I like to refer to as "TV magic," about 30 workers from the landscaping company showed up. They started bringing in the supplies and tools that we so desperately needed earlier in the day. They also set up the swing set, put together the gazebo and brought a machine that tilled the back yard in less than 15 minutes! In spite of the "TV magic," I felt that we made a great contribution to the women of Jenesse Center.
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