The experience occured last week while we were watching TV and a commerical came on announcing today's premiere episode of a new season of a certain MTV reality show. To the great surprise of both spouses, one of us suddenly shouted out with resounding glee, throwing their hands in the air and dancing about like a British schoolgirl on May day.
This akward and regrettable reaction was unfortunately an inevitable consequence of married life. After just 20 short months, we have both significantly influenced each others taste in TV entertainment, but one of us has certainly been more severly affected than the other. So in honor of the often undesirable, sometimes embarassing, and always unexpected changes that occur during marriage we bring you:
The 5 TV shows one of us is embarassed to be caught watching:
4. Take Home Chef
Take home chef stumbled into our lives as a result of channel surfing during the 5-6 o'clock block when there is nothing good on because the Jazz pregame show hasn't started yet and ESPN is showing the boring "news" version of Sportscenter that is painfully devoid of any meaningful highlights. The star of the show is the suave, Australian, culinary master Curtis Stone. Curtis "dashes out to the market, picks up a friendly shopper, then rushes home to cook an amazing meal and surprise someone special", which loosely translated means that he chooses the hottest 30 something lady he can find, goes to their home where they pretend to help him cook but they are usually too rich and stupid to peel a potatoe, they then scare/surprise the suddenly self-conscious husband, and finally Curtis serves up an awesome meal. Sound boring? WRONG! Watch it once and you too will be wondering how a pinch of paprika can spice your lamp chops.
And then judged by this guy
And that's all I really gotta say about that.
1. America's Next Top Model
When I first started being forced to watch this show I felt like Jaeda from cycle 8 looks
But over time the secong grade level cat fighting, the routine ease with which Trya slaughters the english language, and the captivating runway perfomances by the likes of Caridee, Yoanna, and Jaslene have now got me feeling more like Naima (photo right).
There is much that is fascinating about the dynamics of ANTM but what I find particulary interesting is the notion commonly refered to as "high fashion". Being someone who has never flipped through the pages of Vouge and who thinks Juicy Couture sounds like a new snowcone flavor, I admittedly know little about what is considered fashionable or the terminology of the industry. So when I think of high fasion I think that means getting some nice looking girls in some nice looking cloths and having a nice looking outcome. Well, I was only 1 out of 3 on that assumption. High fashion indeed does start out with a nice looking girl but the end game is apparently to turn these nice girls into supersized demonicly possessed fruit bats.
But don't feel bad for these girls, they deserve everything they get for letting this woman be their mentor.
I shouldn't make fun of Tyra. Afterall she really does care about these girls. She takes them under her wing, shows them how to become a supermodel, encourages them to experiment with anorexia and/or bulima, and invites them to open up about painful childhood issues only to use the newly exposed weakness as a reason to quash their life long dream. And for those who don't make it and are doomed to lead a normal life and become mothers, at least she teaches them how to give birth at home in the safest position as recommened by the American Medical Association
You wanna be on top?
No thanks Tyra.