As seen on TV (thank goodness only on tv)

It’s no secret I have wasted spent my fair share of time watching television.  In my younger days, I was a sucker for romance stories and watched a lot of clunkers that promised a spark of romantic chemistry between characters.  Now that I’m older, I have revisited or have attempted to revisit shows and movies I watched and loved as a youngster.  Many times I am left wondering ‘what was I thinking?’

Here are a few characters I watched and now I realize they are fun to watch but I would never want to meet in person. Continue reading

The dream was kind of a bang (but that’s just a theory)

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I had a couple epiphanies Sunday morning.

Let me back up and explain.  Are you familiar with the sitcom Big Bang Theory?  If not, watch TBS on any given night.  That will catch you up.

There was not much programming on television last week.  Well, as always, something is always on but that something is not always worth watching.  I don’t even really watch anymore, I just need background noise for when I’m doing worthwhile endeavors like surfing YouTube videos and keeping up with my peeps via Facebook.

So, I turn on the television and pay no attention to it for the evening.  Or at least I think I do.  There is a chance that even when ignored the programming digs into my psyche and takes root.

Last week, I settled on BBT on TBS almost every evening I was online.  Did you know TBS plays it for three hours on Friday AND Saturday evening?

It does. And I had it on.

Late Saturday night or perhaps early Sunday morning, I had a dream.  A rather odd dream.  I dreamt the time was post-apocalyptic (if you have read more than one post in this blog you may realize that is a recurring theme in my dreams.   Don’t judge me.  Don’t analyze me.  Let’s stay focused on the post at hand here) and the BBT characters were the only survivors.  Well, the cast and the people in charge of the laugh track.  Because there was still laughter.

They were holed up in a local building here in my hometown that used to be a bank.  It’s a pretty white building in the “historic” (as historic as it can get when the town has been here for just over 100 years) downtown area.  I used to work across the street from it and daydreamed I could buy it and turn it into my own video production studio.  Ah, a different kind of dream.

As it is, the building is dilapidated and sits empty with boards in the windows.  It should be torn down.  But that’s another story.

Back to this story, the BBT cast holed up in this old building and tried setting up tents.  They couldn’t figure out how.  Enter Penny who just flipped the tent out of the box and it set itself up.  Cue laugh track.

The biggest laugh came when one of the characters (I’m assuming Howard) stated epiphany number one: the guys (all scientists) are handy to have around before the apocalypse (to maybe prevent it – even though they didn’t in this case) but not so helpful after the fact (when it came to surviving).

It was funnier when he said it.

Epiphany number 2 occurred after I woke up:  I really gotta lay off the BBT.  So, I’ll be watching something else this week.

A favorite topic?

A dream is just a dream by ck

Dream a little dream by ck

Sometimes dreams are my happy place by ck

The meaning behind the dream by ck

Just find Shawn and Gus by ck

So, You Had a Bad Day

I don’t believe in bad days.  True, there are some days when bad stuff happens – like a domino effect – that seem to overtake the day.  I attribute those bad days to low coping skills.  Nothing more, nothing less.

So, I had a bad, domino-effect, day.  The only thing I wanted to do all evening is hibernate in my little corner and pray my ship would come in.  Sooner rather than later.

What did I need for a fix-up, band-aid, balm?  A good laugh.

First, I watched Big Bang Theory.  I chuckled when the novice fisherman Howard – all decked out in his new fishing gear – finds out he looks silly.  “I wish I would have known that before I posted all those pictures of Facebook,” he replied.  This elicited a giggle.

Then my niece, Bubba, posted pictures on Facebook (the Facebook postings are just a coincidence – or are they?).  She finally posted pictures from our vacation to Yellowstone this summer.  There’s me on a horse – his name is WINSTON.

Photo by bossy trail guide lady

Photo by bossy trail guide lady

And there was the random foot hanging off the motorcycle.  I remembered our initial reaction to it.  Obviously, we thought it picture worthy because we have a picture of it.  To borrow the teen way of expressing humor – haha!

Photo by Bubba

Photo by Bubba

But then she posted her picture of her attending an Ugly Sweater Dance.  She was very excited about this dance.  When we went to our annual Day-After-Thanksgiving movie (pretty original name, eh?) she proudly sported a red sweatshirt with two huge Christmas bears (I can’t quite remember but I think the bears may have been necking).  It was a thrift store buy and she loves it!  She wears it even without an Ugly Sweater theme.  Her new thing is Christmas sweaters.

That made me LOL.

(sigh) Okay, I can wait for my ship to come in.  At least until Monday.

2011 Season Finale Chat

Let’s talk season finales.  Warning:  this is huge spoiler alert for those who haven’t had time to watch your Tivo’d shows or for those who watch a whole season at once via Netflix. 

Chuck (NBC, Mondays).  I’m always a little disappointed that this show keeps being renewed because I feel compelled to watch it.  The premise would have made an okay two hour movie.  But it has now been picked up for a fifth season.  The spy plot lines are fun and Zach Levi’s overacting balances Yvonne Strahovski’s underacting.  But the forced random plot lines involving the Buy More and especially any storylines with creepers Lester and Jeff just make me cringe.  This season’s twist at the end was just plain irritating.  I don’t like the fact that Chuck is sans the Intercept and Morgan now has it.  I’m not sure if I’ll stick around for another season.

Castle (ABC, Mondays).  I came late to this series and I have the first season queued.  For weeks I read reviews building excitement for the season finale.  It was promised to be a “three-hankie” episode and someone was going to die.  I guessed and gossiped about which cast member was expendable with fellow Castle watchers.  The week before the final episode, a dead giveaway (sorry, couldn’t help the pun) pointed to the Captain. The night of the finale, I popped popcorn and sat in my chair ready to be entertained.  The episode was okay and I didn’t need one single tissue.  Castle’s admission to Beckett that he loved her wasn’t that big of a surprise.  And so what if Beckett got shot?  I’m betting she’s going to live otherwise the series would be ending or Stana Katic is pulling a CharlieSheen, which I really doubt.  The only true cliffhanger is, will she remember he said it?  My prediction:  she will remember but she will lie about it.  No cliffhanger to ponder over summer break.

Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursdays).  I watch this show to laugh.  It helps that I relate to the social awkwardness of the characters (unfortunately, not to the genius side).  It just plugs along having fun not really taking itself too seriously.  I’m happy that Jim Parsons won his awards for best actor because I don’t think he’s going to be able to play anything else after this.  He has sunk so deep into Sheldon he is not going to be able to get out.  So, good for him for winning his awards and getting his money now.  This had the biggest twist in the season finales but, like Chuck, the twist bothered me.

Bones (Fox, Thursdays).  Ah, Bones.  It has kind of flat-lined a little bit this last season.  It’s the nature of the beast when the premise is built around sexual tension.  If the tension is relieved too soon, it becomes Moonlit and yet, there is a danger in losing interest when stringing it out too long.  It’s a delicate situation.  Speaking of delicate situations, Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy has forced a plot line that could be the demise of the show.  If handled properly, the show could thrive a couple more seasons (a la Friends after Ross and Rachel had a baby).  But no plot twists or cliffhangers here either.  This show set the bar high during the third season finale.  It’s kind of hard to outdo itself when series regular, Zach, was an accomplice to a serial killer.  As for this year, it was the episode before the finale that invoked real emotion.  I’ll admit I got a little teary when Mr. Nigel Murray was killed off.  After all, he was my favorite intern.  Why couldn’t it be the doom and gloom guy?  He’s doing pretty good in the movies, why not get rid of him?

The Mentalist (CBS, Thursdays).  Okay, I’m not an avid follower of this show.  Patrick Jane is a bit much for me to handle on a regular basis.  But I know enough of the premise that I know the main antagonist is the evil Red John.  I watched the last hour of the finale because it promised Jane would come face to face with Red John.  I yelled at the TV set for Cho and Rigsby to wait before barging in to the hotel room and stopping the assassin because even I could tell she was in the wrong room.  But they didn’t listen to me.  I watched a handful of episodes this season and I knew from day one Van Pelt’s fiancé was a bad guy.  As for the finale, I doubt Jane killed Red John.  The whole impetus for the show is Jane’s quest to get revenge on the man who killed his wife and child.  So no, I don’t think Bradley Whitford was the real Red John.  My prediction for next season is a drawn out trial for Jane and we’ll find out Red John is still alive around next year’s season finale.

 The Office (NBC, Thursdays).  I actually don’t watch The Office on Thursdays anymore (as you can see, my plate is full this night).  When I do watch it, I usually catch it on Hulu.  Bravo to Steve Carell for jumping from a stale ship.  The Office hasn’t delivered for quite a while and Michael Scott’s shtick was getting annoying.  We have to tune in next September to see who is replacing Carell as boss.  It’s the closest thing to a cliffhanger in all my shows.  The trouble is, I don’t really care.

In the end, there were a couple of plot twists but no Who-Shot-JR-cliffhangers this year.  All of the finales finished and left nothing to think about during summer.  What will I do with my time?