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Thoughts of a Cynic

July 24th, 2012 at 05:13 pm

Perhaps it is the heat or maybe just the frustration...

Watching television is getting my cynical side surfacing.

We usually watch Suze Orman each Saturday night. We have been watching her for years. But, I'm getting tired of her analyzing emotions and trying to act as a therapist. Yes, I believe emotions play a big part in spending, but I want to hear more facts instead of playing the therapist.

During the school year I retire at 9 p.m. so it means I miss out on some shows I'd like to see. One of them is Restaurant Impossible. Well, I'm getting a little cynical about it as well...last week Robert was acting like a therapist and solving the family emotional problems as well as their restaurant problems. That was bad enough, but when the construction crew couldn't get a wall down, super Robert to the rescue with a sledgehammer showing them how it was done. Too bad he wasn't wearing tights and a cape!

On Mondays we normally watch American Pickers. We even ventured to Iowa last spring to see their place. My folks had a used furniture store and later an antique shop and I get you have to buy low to make a profit, but sometimes I think their attitudes are a bit much anymore. No one knows it all, and if they are making as many great deals as they say, they don't need to be on television. They talk about buying some and selling for double or triple the amount...but that might be the value, not what they really got. In retail, one can only hope the demand is there.

Well, we've been watching dvds borrowed from the library...last night we watched a Sherlock Holmes and Watson had a flashlight. What a great flashlight it light up half the room...wonder where we can buy one of those and some of those great candles in the old westerns that you could light one and the whole room was lit.

Well, I guess I'll take my cynical self and go make lunch...unless Robert wants to show me how and Suze can analyze my feelings.

10 Responses to “Thoughts of a Cynic”

  1. snafu Says:

    Haven't seen Suze for some time but I do believe that people who are in deep financial doo doo are often there because they buy stuff they don't need with funds they don't impress people they don't like. Shopping is used as entertainment and the momentary thrill of the purchase. No matter how much they buy/have it just doesn't fill-up the deficit in their heart/emotion

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    How was Antique Archaeology? We are closer now. My sister in law REALLY want to visit there when she come to see us.

  3. baselle Says:

    I get that way myself. Many people STILL think that there is some secret to saving money...aren't you holding out on us? It is sorely tempting to pretend that there is and to really torment the asker.

    I've been having fun watching Market Warriors on PBS. And this last episode you see the good and the bad. You see profit, but boy you see all of them eating crow too.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm pretty cynical anymore about most television. Very, very few tv programs can even hold my interest. This summer I've been inundated by Fox news ... talk about getting cynical about tv! (My grandma watches Fox news practically *all day long* ... once in a rare while she will switch to CNN for a different perspective.)I get so tired hearing the talking heads attempt to see who can be the bigger buffoon .. (both libs and conservatives!)

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    The Sherlock/flashlight one cracked me up! I used to watch the CSI shows but found it really distracting that they'd walk into a dark crime scene like a house and switch on flashlights rather than room lights! I'm like, OK, examine the light switch, maybe fingerprint it, the TURN ON THE dang lights! You'll see so much more!

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Ceejay - Hah! That always frustrated me about CSI too. I never could understand why they would walk around these crime scenes without turning lights on.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    I am with you on CSI too. I Wondered why they didn't use the lights.

    And, CCF, it was interesting to see the Antique Archeology site, but it is basically a very small place and most of it is for the sale of the show's t shirts and stuff. There were a few things they had bought on their picks and a few things truly for sale on their picks, but basically a setting for the show. Neither Frank or Mike were there and Danielle has her own shop across the street.

  8. baselle Says:

    Re: CSI. The WORST pipetting technique ever and it was in the front credits of CSI: Miami. Yikes. And I will spill a bit about the case (I was the alternate juror). There was a tremendous amount of physical evidence (blood smears). One of the heads of the CSI unit in Seattle testified ... and at least from the photographs, they knew to turn the lights on to snap the pics. Big Grin

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks for the Antique Archeology review. I did wonder. I looked on the site one day to notice they were closed a few evenings for filming for the show. I'll let my sister in law know! There are plenty of other place to shop antiques.

  10. rob62521 Says:

    CCF -- there are some other antique shops in their little town, but their prices were absolutely outrageous. I think they were banking on folks coming to LeClaire to see the Antique Archeology place. It was a nice drive from where we lived and got us out and about, but personally, I was sort of disappointed. I really thought the Antique Archeology shop would actually have a lot of finds. And the television is misleading...the area in front of it is very small...we parked on the street and walked up the hill. The car sits out front, but the whole place is actually behind a filling station (not associated with them).

    Baselle, glad the CSI team knew to turn on the lights! :-)

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