Do you remember the Dick Van Dyke Show? My mom was talking about it last week, so I went on MeTV and recorded a couple of episodes, so she’d have something to watch after my surgery on Friday. Well, Mom didn’t watch the episodes, but I did. I had forgotten how much I loved this show. I used to watch it on WGN out of Chicago at 6PM at night. It was funny during my childhood and it is even funnier now. Imagine a show where the situation was the humor. The writing was sharp, the actors funny and there is a Mom, Dad and child (Little Richie) and no one is a dope. Intelligent humor that I don’t think we’ve had since. Well, the Cosby Show was probably as close as we’ve come since Carl Reiner decided five seasons was enough.
Sometimes, I long for those days sitting in front of the huge console TV in my parents’ living room watching the Dick Van Dyke Show. Not that I’d ever want to be a teenager again, but I wish there were more shows on TV I could watch with my grandsons.
Guess I’m more old fashioned than I thought I was.
I just re-read my early morning post and I realize that I made it sound like the couple from “Jon and Kate Plus 8” and the family in “17 and Counting” are somehow irresponsible. So, before I get a bunch of nasty emails, that is not what I meant to imply. I don’t know anything about these two families other than they both have a lot of children. I meant that by placing them on television, this could lead to people thinking — like the moron in California — that if they have a lot of children, they too can be on TV.
Maybe, I’m having these thoughts because my knee hurts. Maybe, I’m having these thoughts because I’m doped up on the generic version of vicodin. Maybe, it’s because it’s 3:20 in the morning and I’m unbelievably NOT tired! But, anyway, here’s some thoughts…
- I really don’t want to talk about, read about or hear about that nutcase woman in California who had six kids she wasn’t supporting and somehow was allowed to have 8 embryos implanted in her. I hear she wants a reality TV show. Any station that signs her up deserves to go out of business. Let’s not encourage irresponsible parenting anymore than we’ve all ready had with “Jon and Kate plus 8” and “17 and Counting”.
- Speaking of the moron in California, just where the hell did she get the money? Does welfare pay for that? And, while I don’t believe in controlling anyone’s right to reproduce, shouldn’t there be a set limit to how many embroyos can be implanted at one time?
- Joaquin Phoenix — I don’t know him, nor do I know a lot about him, but his performance as Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line” was amazing. His singing was terrific. Now, I read he wants to be a rap star and he’s giving up acting. I can see wanting to give up acting, but becoming a rap star? Please. White guys should never rap — they don’t have that whatever it is black guys have. It never sounds right — at least not to me. And, besides, throughout music history, white people have borrowed (stolen) from black music, can’t we just let them have something of their own without ruining it? Joaquin, if you want to have a music career, I’ll buy your album, just pick a genre other than rap, please.
- I’m not thrilled with the stimulus package. I think too many concessions were made for the Republicans and then not enough of them came over to make it truly bipartisan. The $13.00 a week really isn’t going to make that much of a difference in my life. I’d rather know that more of my fellow citizens will be able to keep their jobs. Also, I think we could’ve given more than 200 million (I’m pretty sure that’s the figure I heard) to infrastructure.
- What the hell is wrong with corporate America? Laying off more Americans is NOT going to make your profit margins get any bigger. For every laid off employee, that’s money that isn’t going into the economy, which means that’s less money flowing to corporate America, which will lower profit margins. Dummies.
- The true bailout should’ve been for homeowners who still have mortgages. For singles who earned less than $70,000 per year and married couples who earned less than $140,000 a year. Instead of the money going into the coffers of the banks and leaving homeowners hanging and the banks not lending it out again, the mortgages could’ve been paid off — good and bad. Personally, I’m going to turn 200,000 miles on my Suzuki Vitara. While I love my Suzie, if I had my $750.00 mortgage payment in my checking account, I could afford the Chevy Malibu I fell in love with when I drove one for a month. So, the money would roll back into the American economy. A perfect plan? Maybe not, but the TARP bailout isn’t even close to perfect and it hasn’t saved one job.
- Am I the only American who could give a rat’s butt about American Idol? I don’t care who wins, I don’t care who gets kicked off and frankly, quit telling me about it. I have a life that doesn’t leave room for most reality TV shows — I’m saying most because I’m not sure where Dominick Dunne’s “Power, Privilege and Justice” and “Forensic Files” fall, but I love those shows. I can hear you saying, “But you make time for ‘The Ghost Whisperer'”. Yes, yes, I do, but I watch TV to escape reality, not have screaming morons and bad singers shoved in my face.
- Can we ban Reality TV? Haven’t we gone too far? How much longer will it be before a real version of “The Running Man” becomes a reality?
Wow! That’s a lot off my chest!
God Bless and Good night or, I guess, since it’s now almost four am, good morning.