In Kipling, Saskatchewan. Canada.
We've got a house! On Main Street! This is going to be great. I've never lived on Main Street before. Any Main Street.
A few of the fine folks at the housewarming party:
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It's "official." I traded one movie role for one house with the town of Kipling Saskatchewan on July 12, 2006.
Kipling's trade offer went a little something like this:
Kyle, the Town of Kipling, Saskatchewan wants you to complete your quest for a house. The Mayor and Town Council with the support of the employees and residents of the Town of Kipling have an offer offer for you. We know you will say Yes!
1. As a new resident to our community you will receive a Community Welcome Package containing local information and promotions from local businesses.
2. The Kipling Chamber of Commerce will give you $200 in Kipling Cash. This Cash can be spent at any local Chamber of Commerce business.
3. You will be given a Key to the Town of Kipling
4. You will become Honorary Mayor of Kipling for One Day.
5. You will be named an Honorary Lifelong Citizen of the Town of Kipling
6. The day we make the trade will be decreed One Red Paperclip Day by our Town Council and everyone will be encouraged to wear a red paperclip in honor of your achievements.
7. Will build the world’s largest red paperclip in dedication to you and your “one red paperclip project”
8. Most importantly to allow you to complete your quest…We will trade to you a house. The house was built in the 1920’s and has been recently renovated. It is locate at 503 Main Street Kipling, SK Canada. It is approximately 1100 square feet on two floors. There are three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, kitchen, living room and dinning room. It has white vinyl siding, a new roof and eaves troughs that have been put on in the last few years. We will be sending you pictures of the house as soon as we have had time to touch up the paint.
Kyle MacDonald, do you accept our offer of one house in Kipling for one role in Corbin Bernsen’s movie “Donna on Demand”?
As you can imagine, I said yes. That's about the most unbelievable offer of all time. I'd have to say the "key to the city" was the clincher though. How often do you get offered a key to a city? Actually, I just re-read the offer. It's not a key to the "city", it's a key to the "town." That's even better! How often do you get offered a key to a town?
Now you're probably sitting there staring into the screen wondering "What the heck is the town of Kipling Saskatchewan going to do with a role in a movie?" And you should wonder, because the last time I checked, neither the Town of Kipling Saskatchewan nor the mayor of Kipling Saskatchewan wasn't exactly starring in a movie with Brad Pitt or Halle Berry. Actually, the last time I checked, you probably had no idea there was a town of Kipling Saskatchewan. But none of that is important now because here comes the best part of this trade - I get to infomercial-ize this blog. Yes, the moment we've all been waiting for. This is the part of the blog entry where I get to put on my cheesy infomercial voice and say, "But wait, there's MORE!"
And here's what the MORE is:
Kipling set up "American Idol style" auditions for the role in a film to be shot by Public Media Works. The Auditions were held over the Labor Day long weekend. Nolan Hubbard is the lucky guy who got the role.
Dom and I moved into the house over the Labour Day weekend, and the town of Kipling threw (feel free to quote me on this) "Saskatchewan's Biggest Housewarming Party, Ever."
It was literally the best housewarming party thing ever. 11 of the 14 traders made it to Kipling, along with more than 3500 other friends, family, strangers, and new friends!
Special thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. It was an amazing experience. Ans a super-duper-to-infinity thank you very much to all the traders. Without you all I'd just be some guy leaning against a wall with a paperclip in his pocket....and none of this would've ever happened.
So, what's your red paperclip?
If you enjoyed this little rundown of the trades, you should totally get a copy of the one red paperclip book! It chock full of other interesting stories about the trades. There's even a very special ending! And on top of all that, my grandpa gets the last word.
I hope you enjoyed reading this story.