Wednesday, September 21, 2005

My Reality Addiction

OK, so Kayla's got her kitchen shows. Elaine loves the Amazing Race. Michelle loves her "redneck reality" NASCAR. I've managed to avoid them all for the longest time, but now I've succumbed as well.

I'm addicted to Fox/CNN/MSNBC hurricane coverage.

Maybe it's the impending drama, the whole buildup of watching a group of fluffy clouds formerly known as Tropical Depression 8b12Z take the name and destructive personality of one of my ex-girlfriends and destroy entire neighborhoods, towns, and geographic areas LIKE THAT BITCH RIPPED OUT MY HEART (ahem... calming down). Maybe it's the airheaded yet stunningly beautiful news/weather babes whose perfect hair and makeup bear a stark contrast to the destruction on the video screeens behind them (marry me, Juliet Huddy) Maybe it's the deeply moving stories of heroism and selflessness in a world generally dominated by hate, greed, and excess. Nah, it's definately the babes... Soledad O'Brien in a baseball cap with a ponytail out the back??? Mmmmm...... yum yum.

Or maybe it's a mix of all of the above, plus some other reasons and emotional reactions. Regardless, there I am, eyes and ears turned toward the TV every morning like the RCA dog hearing his masters' voice (only my master this weekend was Kieran Chetry... dee-lish!!). I've even started going home for lunch more just to feed my fix even more, as if an hour in the morning and four at night aren't enough.

So Katrina came and went. All of the sorrow, heartbreak, heroism, blunders, fingerpointing, etc etc is beginning to fade. Iraq has managed to scrape its way back for a few minutes every hour, and I even saw a new story on Amber Frye.

But now we have Rita, a mere annoyance to South Florida yesterday, but getting ready to rip Texas a new one this weekend. As the poor folks of Galveston and Corpus Christi are stockpiling water, ice, medicine, and preparing for the worst, I'm stockpiling popcorn and soda and preparing for yet another weekend and more glued to the TV.

Did anyone notice all the new shows on regular TV recently? Me neither. Blow Rita Blow!!!

6 Comments:

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Is it reality TV if it's real or is it just the news?

That's so much better than my newfound addiction to E! I mean, Kill Reality - what's up with that? I don't even know who those people are but I like it.

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Berk, I too LOVE natural disaster coverage!! I watched - I kid you not - ONLY Hurricane Katrina coverage for like um... 6 days straight. I was wasting my vacation days away with ... CNN/MSNBC - the weather channel (ok, do you ever watch the weather channel, that is some good stuff right there.. so low budget in comparison to the big news channels). I watch SOO much of the stuff that I think I am an expert on it and let you be the fool to challenge me on it, cause I will GO OFF. My personal FAVE is Nancy Grace - CNN - with her big helmet hair-do, pounding her fist on the newsdesk saying things like "Oh the HUMANITY! WHO Let's People Suffer LIKE THAT?!" so animated, I love it. Oh, don't even get me started on Anderson Cooper (I would love me a little Anderson Cooper). Without the constant news coverage I would have missed the following GEMS.... George Bush - in Mississippi saying "You must not think of the Biloxi today... but of the Biloxi of tomorrow" while standing on a pile of scrap that once was someone's HOME! Or, this moment -where I physically had to stop and ask myself - did someone REALLY say that ... that poor idiot reporter (let's hope she was fired) who said (in New Orleans)... no kidding... "Oh these poor people. Sooooo poor... Sooooo black." Um, come again?

Rita got my attention, too (but the only Rita from my past is Marga-rita) as she went from Category 1 to Category 4!! She hovers in the gulf o' mexico and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see where she goes!! Berk, share that popcorn, would ya??

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Berk said...

Kayla, you are welcome to share my TV and popcorn. If the devastation is anywhere near what Katrina brought, we may need to break into the liquor cabinet as well.

 
At 8:37 AM, Blogger MMH said...

Berkie hon...you really need to get laid.

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Berk said...

nah, i'm good to go. i just need my hurricane coverage.

hey, ever hear of 'hurricane position'? It's just like NASCAR position, except that....

oh never mind.

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

Blow Rita, Blow...

Hurricane Position...

Hmmmm....

 

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