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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Just pointing it out...

Back again so soon?  Well, here I am.  I had a few extra minutes to write today and thought I would toss a few thoughts out there.  The blog topic I teased yesterday - stuff I do that is really white.  Here goes, no one get offended now...

If you have met me you know that I am as frightfully pale as a Cullen and despite having almond shaped eyes and getting asked if I am of Asian descent every now and again, I am pretty much epitomize the white girl next door.  I was just saying the other day how I envied those born into a big _____(fill in Italian, Greek, Purple, etc.) family.  I do have a huge extended family, but when we get together the food is pretty much standard American fare and the music is generally played from iPod speakers and not a family band.

Anywho, this past month my husband and I did something that made me feel particularly white.  We purchased tickets (pre-sale no less) to an event called "An Evening with David Sedaris."  Yes, we joined the hordes of gay men and people wearing hipster black eyeglasses to listen to an author read aloud for 1.5 hours.  Besides being aware of how white I was, it was increasingly clear how much of a geek I am.

If you have ever been on the blog stuffwhitepeoplelike.com then you will know that liking David Sedaris is near the top of the list of what white people like.  Now, I am NOT saying that no people of color like Mr. Sedaris or his works, but I will tell you that the packed audience of people sipping Merlot and wearing either a: 1) pashmina / scarf, or 2) a nifty hat was pretty much composed of 50 shades of Caucasian.  If you don't know who David Sedaris is or haven't read one of his books, I would highly recommend it, he is, after all, pretty hysterical.

I also blog...about pop culture and parenting -- and I link the blog to my FB page.  Make of it what you will.  I would like to be less of a stereotype and any suggestions on how to do that are welcome.  However, I think that just by putting that out there, I just became one.  Oy.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Back Again...

My goodness, has it really been almost a month since I posted?  Wow.  Well, I have been thinking a lot about what to post and truly there has been a drought of pop culture / television stuff to talk about.  My friends and I were at a loss as to what to watch.  Some even ventured into uncharted territory and started watching shows like Jungle Gold with their husbands...I'm not naming names.  But now, there are a few things starting back up to give me a little fuel for this fire -- Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Sister Wives.  I am still watching Parenthood and it has basically devolved into my husband and I making fun of each story line and coming up with really bad and politically incorrect jokes.  At least we make each other laugh.

So, I am watching the Bev Hills housewives again and realize that each episode is exactly the same...one of the housewives throws a party and doesn't invite one of the other girls and then at the party someone else does /says something offensive to start a whole new line of drama.  Yet, I still soak it all up.  However, a Maserati?  Really Kyle?

Kody and his cache of wives are back for what I believe is a 3rd (?) season of Sister Wives and things are starting to get a little more interesting.  We find out that Robyn has bad credit and some debt-- which she took on as part of her divorce in order to keep the peace with her ex.  Great decision.  This factors in all too anti-climatically when the 4 wives have to apply for home loans.  The deal is that if one of them is not approved for financing, then the other 3 will also not go through with it.  The suspense of whether Robyn will be approved is dragged out until the bitter end when magically, she is approved!  Could it be the fact that she is bringing in income through the show?  Perhaps.  So, now the family is going to continue moving forward with building 4 McMansions on a culdesac outside Vegas. I have also figured out that a main plot teaser for this show is the idea that one of the wives (either the 2nd, 3rd or 4th) could walk at any time and the producers are always dangling that one out there for the viewers.  Of course, we know that none of them will ever walk -- not only because they have a show and for the children's sake, but also because of something that is not shown very much...their religion and religious beliefs.  If they truly believed in this lifestyle enough to make it for almost 20 years, those ladies aren't going anywhere.  

And, okay I was one of those ladies who decided to check out shows like Moonshiners and Bering Sea Gold and Jungle Gold.  These are the shows my husband litters the DVR with, so I thought I may give them a chance while there was literally NOTHING.ELSE.TO.WATCH (and no, I didn't want to watch yet another episode of Love it or List it).  Through my pop culture research, I discovered a few things...

1.  The Discovery Channel loves itself a show where idiots do something completely risky, impractical and nonsensical to make something like $8,000.

2.  Men love these shows.

3.  Those who watch these shows generally feel somewhat superior to those who regularly watch E! or Bravo, although I did point out that at least on E! or Bravo the people aren't participating in life threatening activities to make a few thousand dollars  -- the people on those shows have actually figured out how to make millions without risking life or limb and not breaking much of a sweat (except in the obligatory s%x tape which is leaked between seasons).

4. The shows are kind of (and I truly mean kind of) interesting.  Especially Jungle Gold.  This show is basically two beefy down on their luck American Realtors who are in a mess of debt and decide to leave their families and go to Ghana to mine for "jungle gold," albeit with NO real experience mining.  This premise alone may suck you in.  I have only seen one episode and it was pretty ridiculous, which drove home the point that the Discovery Channel is the Bravo for men.

Okay, so I am off to quiet down Cam who has been standing at his gated doorway whining for the last 1/2 hour and try to get him to actually NAP!  SILENT SCREAM!!!!!

Next blog topic - things I do that are really white.