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Television Idiocy [Oct. 1st, 2008|10:25 am]
I was going to save this for tomorrow, but I'm so wound with frustration that I need to reboot -- a contract that was supposed to take me a whopping 30 hours in total from start to finish, I've spent 30 hours on one tiny element of it. An element, that quite frankly is moot. And just now have run into another road block that involves setting up a conference call between three lawyers -- the scheduling alone will drive me mad.

So, in an attempt at a soft re-boot of my head, I give you:

Watch may not be the operative word -- I was making a lasagna, so I had Seinfeld turned up loud enough to listen and it was interrupted by a Fox News Severe Weather report. AKA, let's fill up ten minutes with weather blather while we try to figure out what the hell is going on. The repetion was already killing me. And I'll forgive the urgent tornado warning that was interrupted by the "whoops, no, now, they've cancelled it" that was then interrupted by "whoops, no, it's only cancelled for this area, we've still got ten minutes to go for that area". I can sympathize. I could tell that the weatherwoman wanted to strangle someone. That her head was screaming "oh, for f***'s sake, can someone get me the correct information, I'm freaking live here!" And she soldiered on. And the screaming in her head was so loud that maybe it threw her. Although "reports of grape-sized hail, that's hail the size of marbles"...um, that was a little out of control. And then, at the end of telling everyone to stay inside, away from windows, severe thunder and lightning, she then asks anyone who is experiencing extreme damage from the storm to call or e-mail the station to tell them what's going on because you are our eyes and ears out there...

Augh! Remember that, the next time you want to get your news from Fox and you're wondering what caliber of reporting you're getting...not only do they not have their own people out there checking it out and are instead, relying on Joe-get-a-life-Public to report in...they're relying on the unpaid reports of people too stupid to get the hell out of a dangerous weather.

But luckily for everyone, I got distracted by chores and by the time I got back to the television, Mentalist was on. Which appears to be a reasonably dumb show, but I can't stop watching him.

He's not even my type -- but there's something compelling. It's taken me two episodes, but I think I have it. His facial expressions are comepletely unlike the standard Hollywood range of expressions. Sure, the Aussie insouciance always appeals to me (as long as it isn't followed up by the Aussie a-holeness that sadly, sometimes goes hand in hand with handsome Aussie insouciance...) but he just seems to have a range of natural expressions...that are a breath of fresh air.

It's like watching Helen Mirren -- she actually looks like a good-looking woman who's aged normally and that's somehow interesting and compelling to look at. I keep watching Monarch of the Glen, even though the storyline is faltering in it's 4th season and I can feel a rapidly approaching shark-jumping, but still, it's nice to look at women in starring roles, who have either aged naturally or are carrying some heft to them...a lead romantic role with a little pot belly, a little cheek chub...good god, what a relief! It's like a Tums for my eyes and psyche...

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[User Picture]From: mistressfetch
2008-10-01 05:52 pm (UTC)
I take it none of that wine ended up in the lasagna? Dammit!!! :-)
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2008-10-01 08:41 pm (UTC)
Mighta spilled some by mistake...but it was too good to share with lasagna...
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[User Picture]From: furrball
2008-10-03 03:44 am (UTC)
Woman, you've got a vocabulary. You are hot!
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