Heaven forbid I should ever criticize anyone’s taste.
Different things appeal to different people, and who am I to say one preference is better than another?
My husband’s taste in TV.
Now that I spend all evening with my laptop writing my blog or designing outfits on Polyvore (and I have a 10th place finish in the 200th contest I entered, and I got a little badge for my webpage, so it is certainly a very good use of my time), I have relinquished control of the remote.
I used to decide all our TV viewing, and my husband mostly snored away.
And now he gets to choose.
Do you know that with 400 channels he has an incredible knack for finding the most horrible shows ever?
“Dual Survival” – Two survival experts show you how not to die if you get lost in the desert or mountains. One guy has braids about as thick as capellini and he’s always barefoot. Hey dude, here’s a tip on surviving: Put on some friggin’ shoes!
“Pawn Stars” – a classic Moe, Larry and Curly trio of father, son, and grandson. Their shop is in Las Vegas, and customers are hocking their most cherished family possessions so they can gamble a little longer. If the appraisal comes in at $900, these guys offer the schmuck about $47 bucks.
“Gold Rush” – This is my husband’s favorite show. Guys who have abandoned their families destroy 5,000 acres of virgin Alaskan wilderness in pursuit of 7 ounces of gold.
“Ice Truckers” – Guys drive trucks in the Arctic. It’s icy. Roads are bad. Entire plot. Every single episode. But hey, the cameramen are there anyway, shooting “Gold Rush,” “Deadliest Catch,” Flying Wild Alaska.” and next year probably. “Pawn Shop Tattoo Alaska.”
“Overhaulin'” – Guys tell some unwitting (synonym for witless) dude that his car has been totaled, when they are really just fixing it all up with a new headliner, sound system and awesome flames. You’d be surprised how often these dudes cry – especially because I would be more tempted to throw a few punches. And call my attorney.
“Modern Marvels” – Monotone descriptions of backhoe mechanics and candy cane bending.
“Lock-Up, Wherever” – I can’t tell you too much about these shows. There are mean people who look very scary. (On the other hand, I just love “Project Runway”, where there are mean people who look very scary.)
“American Pickers” – Abbott and Costello visit insane hoarders and buy rusty old signs and broken toys. I actually kind of like this one, since, despite stagey back-stories, the pickers demonstrate some real delight in their discoveries and always respect the crazy loons they meet.
and finally –
“Dancing With The Stars” – No, hubby is not a dance enthusiast, nor a fan of C-list has-beens. No. His fascination is specific: Extra-skimpy costumes.
And now that he controls our TV viewing, he is enjoying our evenings ever so much more.