Monday, August 11, 2008

A Scene From the Home Front

I believe I have confessed before at Unbalanced Reaction's place that I have a predilection for bad TV. After my trip abroad (I smile every time I use that phrase as it sounds so worldly and sophisticated and pretentious), I found out that one of my favorites-- Project Runway-- had started a new season! For those of you not familiar with the wonder that is Project Runway, it's one of those pseudo-reality shows. Each episode involves some fashion-design challenge (like make a dress using old gum wrappers! And cellophane!), the contestants are judged, and one person gets kicked off. With a "plot" like that, I, of course, must watch.

I was watching the start of the latest episode, when Dr. Man comes in from making dinner.

"Your watching that? I'm pretty sure I just heard your IQ drop."

My clever reply was something along the lines of Shhh! And Dr. Man plopped down on the couch. We both watch as the designers-- with Tim Gunn-- stand on an indoor track and wait for some mysterious figure on rollerblades(!) to reach them. Finally the mysterious guy reaches them and Dr. Man gasps, "Apolo Ohno!" Confused, I look at him for more information-- how does he know someone on Project Runway? Luckily, Dr. Man explained further, "Apolo Ohno is awesome. He is like unto a Ninja."

(Later Tim Gunn explained that Ohno won the gold in speed skating. Ah yes, speed skating = Ninja. Of course!)


Aunt Becky said...

Sounds like Daver and American Idol and I. My IQ has obviously dropped and I'm surprisingly happy about that. Who says dumb people can't have fun?

Heather J. said...

what would Dr. Man think if you told him that Apollo Ohno (who I LOVE by the way!) competed on Dancing with the Stars?! He actually won, so maybe that would redeem him in Dr. Man's eyes ...

Deb said...

And I have a Big Brother addiction. We should have support groups.

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

My IQ regularly drops when I get home and put the TV on. Wife swap / trading spouses, Wipeout and Survivor are my faves but I also like intervention, first 48 etc etc.

ScientistMother said...

So you think you can dance. I LOVE Joshua, but was torn between him, katie and twitch

Mad Hatter said...


EcoGeoFemme said...

You call yourself a bad tv fan and you didn't recognize Ohno from Dancing with the Stars? Puleeeze! :)

I would totally watch Project Runway if I had cable.

Unbalanced Reaction said...

Okay, I want to make it VERY clear to your readers that Project Runway (which I love love love!) is not bad TV! :)

Now, I will agree with deb: I'm totally addicted to big brother (and yes, that falls firmly into bad TV territory

Oh, and So You Think You Can Dance was so good!

Amanda said...

Aunt Becky: Exactly. The secret to happiness in life is a low threshold for entertainment.

Heather J.: He was horrified, but unsurprised that he won. Dr. Man's words, "Of course, he used his Ninja Skillz."

Deb: We should. We could stand up and tell the group how long we've gone without watching.

Cath@VWXYNot?: It's something about horrible TV. It's like a train wreck... you just can't look away!

Scientist Mother: Thankfully, I'm busy when that's on the air. I was hooked after the first five minutes when SIL-1 showed it to me.

EGF: It's Monday nights, right? Dr. Man has his horrible TV show then and I try not to make smart aleck remarks. Only one TV and two people spread the watching around :-)

Oh and Project Runway is totally worth getting cable.

UR: I think any show that is pseudo-reality just can't be considered good, worthwhile TV. But I'll take the compliment :-)

Albatross said...

I love PR as does my husband. He gets a lot of flack for that.
I also love So You Think You Can Dance but I rationalize that it is not as bad as my husbands advisor who LOVES the dating shows on VH1/MTV (Tila Tequila and Rock of Love were his favs).