Daytime TV question: Do the producers of "The Price Is Right" bus in a load of trashy tacky people for their audience, then hand-select slobs to be contestants? I cannot get over the way they look! I dress better to clean the house, and the guy who mows my yard looks far more presentable while riding his mower. Oh, occasionally there is someone who looks normal or even well-groomed, but the vast majority of the audience looks like they got dressed out of a grab bag in the dark, except for some sort of tacky t-shirt obviously made for the occasion. WHY? Why would anyone choose to appear on national television looking like they took a day off from the carnival sideshow? Girl and I have been watching in horrified fascination - it is becoming our favorite fashion traffic accident.
There is a tabloid show called "The Insider" that is still leading with Anna Nicole "news bulletins." I'm reminded of the old SNL gag, "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!"
The blurring of news and entertainment is particularly obvious on the morning "news" shows, which have become so light and fluffy the anchors must need to be tied to their chairs so they don't float away. They, too, are deeply into the Anna Nicole baby daddy story. Between that and the cutesy fawning over "MC Rove," it's hard to keep breakfast down. If they spent that time acting like actual journalists, doing actual news stories and giving in-depth information, the public would have to be better informed in spite of itself - this infotainment crap is not an accident. We are being systematically dumbed-down.
After a month of forced domesticity, it is abundantly clear that I need to work. I suck at staying home. I think I would like it until I do it, then I realize I need structure for my days. I am going to make April the month of serious self and home improvement and make it my job, so I don't find myself in the living room when a "news" person starts babbling about a "breaking" Anna Nicole story, because I have started yelling at the TV. My son is coming down mid-April to help me attack the clutter I can't deal with alone, and by the end of April I may have the house almost ready to put on the market. I'm targeting July 1 as Put the House on the Market Day.
A house like mine just went on the market for substantially more $ than I would have thought. I think the listing agent is smoking crack, but I've thought that about listings before and was wrong. I'll be watching this one carefully. My guess is they'll have to cut the price, but I would love to be wrong. They may be my best comp when I list mine, so I am rooting for them.
Girl is returning to work April 1st, and she is so glad she's practically skipping around the house celebrating, even though she's not that crazy about her job. She is very much like her mother, we need structure and someone who is expecting us to show up and do something, or we sit on the couch and mock the contestants on The Price Is Right. Which I believe is on right now. Excuse me....