Things I’m Embarrassed to Admit #327

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Okay, it’s killing me, so I’m just going to blurt it out.  Does anyone else here watch Survivor?  Every season I say I’m going to stop watching it and every season I get suckered in again. This one has been especially good (Randy’s blindside a few weeks ago, pictured above, may have been the best tribal council ever).  One of you sadsacks has to be watching this travesty, too. Fess up. I need validation!  Or you’re more than welcome to just point and laugh at me in the comments. [Insert obligatory spoiler alert here.]

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/12/08 at 09:51 AM • Permalink

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Haven’t watched it since the first season.

I don’t watch “Survivor,” but I have been known to watch “America’s Next Top Model” and “American Idol” (after the mean auditions are over and done with). We all have our glass houses, Kevin…

However, more than admitting I watch the occasional reality show, I am embarrassed to admit I currently envy Jennifer Aniston, or at least her killer body. Sigh. That woman has ruined it for forty- and thirty-something women everywhere. : (

Comment by J. on 12/12/08 at 09:58 AM

I have been known to watch “America’s Next Top Model” and “American Idol”

Can’t say I watch either of those.  Pheew. The music on “American Idol” is impenetrable and Tyra Banks gives me the creeps, although I do enjoy the clips of her they show on The Soup.

And, yeah, that Aniston cover is really something. I’ve actually been enjoying Shakesville again, so I’m too nervous to see what they’re inevitably saying about it. I’d like to enjoy the “moment” for as long as possible.

I can only watch American Idol in the auditions phase - it’s fascinating to watch the human wreckage. After that, it’s all bad karaoke.

Never seen it. I mostly watch football and the Food Network. Oh, and cable TV political shows, though I’m trying to give all of them but Rachel Maddow up now that the election is over.

I can’t commit to a TV series of any kind. I never saw even one episode of “Friends,” which made me a water-cooler crowd outcast back in the day—practically Amish.

I’m trying to give all of them but Rachel Maddow up now that the election is over.

Yep, I’ve pretty much sworn it all off, including Maddow, although I still catch the first hour of her radio show when I can. I watch Morning Joe on the treadmill at the gym, but Chris and I have it timed perfectly so that we mostly watch News You Can’t Use. Scarborough is in full-on dickhead mode again (he was ranting about “The Chosen One” this morning), so I may have to find something else to watch. I just wish the hosts on CNN weren’t so insufferably boring.

And, yeah, you weren’t alone in your avoidance of Friends.

Haven’t watched much of anything on network television in 15 years.  I do admit to being a CNN junkie, however.

I watch so much reality tv my husband thinks I need an intervention.  My current favorite is Top Chef.

Although, I do draw the line at shows such as Wife Swap or Housewives of Orange County.

And Kev, I’m rooting for Bob :-)

I watch so much reality tv my husband thinks I need an intervention.  My current favorite is Top Chef.

Top Chef is another guilty pleasure. Not really pulling for anyone yet, though.

And Kev, I’m rooting for Bob :-)

Bob kicks ass.  He’s definitely my fave.  I hope I’m that sharp and fit when I’m his age, but I’ll pass on the bowtie. I’ve got to hand it to Sugar, too. She’s playing a good game and not being too schmucky about it.  I’d be fine if either of them won.

An update to all from earlier posts…PUMA has filed their October quarterlies (FEC shows they received on Dec 09).  Enjoy!

Yep, I’ve pretty much sworn it all off, including Maddow, although I still catch the first hour of her radio show when I can. I watch Morning Joe on the treadmill at the gym…

Same. Exactly. Except I work out on the elliptical trainer or the bike. And still don’t look like Jennifer Aniston (or even the rejects on ANTM). Some of those chicks on Survivor, though, I hear are babes…

Top Chef & Project Runway fan here.  Also the Amazing Race.  I never started with Survivor or American Idol, so I can’t really comment on their merits or lack of.

I am trying to turn off the tv more.  We usually watch movies, but I have a soft spot for the Office, and the recently-canceled Pushing Daisies.

I saw one episode about eight years ago.  Does that count?

Saw one or two episodes, but never really like those reality TV stuff.  I say so because our lives are the most real and exciting reality TV (individual results may be different)!  That, and also because I don’t own a TV…

Top Chef & Project Runway fan here.  Also the Amazing Race.

I’m down w/ Runway, too.  I can’t deal with Amazing Race, though.  Too much bickering and stress.

I have a soft spot for the Office

Yeah, I enjoy the Office and 30 Rock.  Those are the only two current sitcoms I watch.

I saw one episode about eight years ago.  Does that count?

Yep, Tom, that counts.  You should be deeply ashamed.

An update to all from earlier posts…PUMA has filed their October quarterlies (FEC shows they received on Dec 09).  Enjoy!

Oh my. Thanks for the tip. Here’s the PDF.  I guess I should set up a new post for this, but I feel like I should give them a break after yesterday’s demolition derby.  Yes to Democracy did a pretty good job of scouring the last filing.

Shouldn’t Survivor be jumping the shark soon?  Seems like it’s been on since the beginning of time.  I don’t watch it because I’m afraid they’ll make someone eat bugs.  Love Top Chef, Project Runway and Shear Genius, though.  As much for the bitching and backstabbing as anything else!  I don’t have a real favorite on Top Chef yet either.  Nobody seems like a real stand out at this point.  I really wish Ricky Gervais had not ended Extras on HBO.  That was one of the funniest shows ever.

as my husband just said - “survivor is still on…?”

but we could never laugh at you, as we always cry when we watch the biggest loser (especially the marathons on new years day) and how about ‘biggest loser australia’ people…?!

I don’t have a real favorite on Top Chef yet either.

Yeah, it’s a weird show in that I rarely have favorites, although I really liked the woman from Chicago who won last year.  This year I’m really warming up a lot to Fabio (didn’t care for him at first), but maybe that’s just the Italian half of me taking the lead. I also like the little blonde lesbian and the woman with the crazy eyes.

I really wish Ricky Gervais had not ended Extras on HBO.  That was one of the funniest shows ever.

Great show.  It actually originated on BBC. I don’t know if he’s still doing them, but his podcasts were endlessly entertaining, too.

Yes, my wife and I watch Survivor. 

We’ve watched every season from the beginning.  I think the current one started weak, but has gotten really good with the tribal councils and real/fake immunity idol drama.  Loved last nights episode and we’re looking forward to the finale on Sunday!  We also have several friends who watch it pretty religiously (funny thing is, these friends are also huge politics junkies too) Bob is my favorite to win (yep…love the Survivor bowtie!), but my wife and I just want to see him, Matty and Sugar in the final 3 this year and are fine if any of them win.

That is probably the main reality TV show we watch.  We’ve watched certain others over the years and even a few seasons of AI, but that is too much of a time killer.  Like tom65, my favorite part is checking out the “train wrecks” during the audition phase.  Unless either of us somehow gets “hooked” on an up-and-coming performer during that phase, we usually ignore the rest of the season to free up our time.

Can someone else check to see if Berg’s COLB site is down?  Looks like it went “poof!”

Why is that woman wearing the adapter for a 45 around her neck?

-Ancient Hunger Palin

Can someone else check to see if Berg’s COLB site is down?  Looks like it went “poof!”

Obamacrimes.com?  Nope, it’s still there.

Thanks, Kevin.  Must have been a solar event, I couldn’t access it a few minutes ago.

An update to all from earlier posts…PUMA has filed their October quarterlies (FEC shows they received on Dec 09).  Enjoy!

Interesting. She signed the FEC filing on 10/15, but it wasn’t mailed until 11/19, and the FEC didn’t get it until 12/9.

Forgot about “Project Runway.” At least those folks have an actual TALENT/SKILLS.

So no one wants to know who’s going to be Paris Hilton’s new BFF?

Oh this is too funny. Daragh has a pic up of Hillary touching Favreau’s “pee pee” and asks if it’s funny.

Of course it’s funny, you ditzy broad.

Oh, and Jen weighs in with this gem:

jenniforhillary 12.12.08 at 11:07 am

  LOVE THE GRAPHIC…LOVE IT…only I have a real fucking issue with it. You made his dick too big….

If I were to pick anyone of the opposite sex to tell me what a penis even looks like, Jen would be dead last, after Helen Keller.

So no one wants to know who’s going to be Paris Hilton’s new BFF?

Jenniforhillary?

Oh, for the love of….

BillieJo 12.12.08 at 1:32 pm

  TerryDo
  Check the ‘faux website’ again and see what his reply was to my asking if his site was real. Let me know what you think.

But these are the people who are going to “bring Obama down”.

Sadsack right here. There were a few seasons I didn’t watch so close, but the last few we’ve tried not to miss an episode.  Thought the blindside last night was great TV.  Call me crazy, but I might watch the season finale on Sunday over Giants - Cowboys.

I’m about the same as you, Kevin.  Every year I say “this is my last season with Survivor”.  Like some sort of sick whore, I go back to it every time.

This season really is one of the best.  I likened Randy’s blindside to the Johnny Fairplay dupe.  Both were fantastic television.  Even if we didn’t know Johnny was duping us until later.  Still, it was a great moment.

You could just see the look on Ken’s face last night at tribal council.  It seemed to say “I’m f’ed”.  The jig is up, game boy.

I like Sugar, but she needs to quit with the crying already. 

How does Matty keep dodging the bullet?  That guy is one lucky bastard.

I usually watch it but this season I didn’t have time because my house was Obama headquarters.  Thought about tuning in after the election but figured I wouldn’t know any of the players so why bother.

BFF - Best Finger Friend?

PUMAs little helper

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Comment by the farmer on 12/12/08 at 02:40 PM

Oh, for the love of….

  BillieJo 12.12.08 at 1:32 pm

  TerryDo
  Check the ‘faux website’ again and see what his reply was to my asking if his site was real. Let me know what you think.

Wow, that is one steaming bowl of stoopid. Jesus cripes, I put Patrick Fitzgerald in a fucking miners pit helmet. I had him write “Retain the roar.” I guess the next comment I should have him declare his appreciation for bestiality porn and Easter bonnets. Maybe then she’d figure it out.

Survivor? Meh. If I want to watch bug-eating, I’ll watch pectaculous Bear Grylls bug-eating. He had a little scandalette a couple of seasons ago where it developed he’d been sleeping in a nice hotel and roughing it during the day, but after a hard day of drinking your own piss and swimming naked through mountain streams, wouldn’t you have earned that Motel 6 room? He apparently injured his shoulder this year in a fit of overauthenticity and had to be flown to a hospital. The hazards of too much expiation; Puma should take note.

I have a few dirty little TV secret pleasures: What Not To Wear and Clean House. And that show with the two terrifying British ladies who wore playtex gloves with maribou feather trim. Something about decending on recalcitrant clutterers and Crocs-wearers (both of which I am one of who)and forcing them into a narrow cable-channel template of kitten heels and Pier One tschotchkes tickles me.

The pushback on Clean House is especially brutal, with families running around their own yard sales and hauling their stacks of National Geographics and stuffed iguanas back into the house, while the designer pulls out his soul patch in frustration.

BTW, PUMAs, does this establish my bona-fides as a non-mini-pee-pee wearer? Or do I actually have to wave a fallopian tube at you? I only have one, but it’s pink and pretty and ruffled as a tween girl’s canopy bed.

Mr. Polly knew a woman who said, “When they told me what a naked man looked like, I didn’t believe it, and now I’ve been married for a year, and I still don’t believe it.”

You could just see the look on Ken’s face last night at tribal council.  It seemed to say “I’m f’ed”.  The jig is up, game boy.

He was playing a pretty good game up until yesterday, but then his cockiness took him down. My wife was predicting that would happen for a while.  I tell ya, though, for a nerd he’s not too bad at physical challenges.

I like Sugar, but she needs to quit with the crying already.

That may help her in the end. I guarantee it won over Bob.

How does Matty keep dodging the bullet?  That guy is one lucky bastard.

Typical under the radar player, but screwed because people think he’s good at challenges, which really, he isn’t.  A 57-year-old physics teacher has been beating him.

And Germ, missing football is fine.  Skipping UConn basketball would be a huge no-no, though.

Or do I actually have to wave a fallopian tube at you?

Comment of the day!

I have a few dirty little TV secret pleasures: What Not To Wear and Clean House.

Chris occasionally watches those shows.  I just can’t go there. Clean House actually makes me angry.  ;)

Ha ha!

/muntz

Ha ha!

/muntz

Finally. I shoulda been bitch-slapped hours ago.

I second the fallopian tube comment as comment of the day.

No Survivor for me.  Top Chef is a fav along with pretty much everything on the Food Network sans the creepy drunk tablescape chick.

We’ve only watched American Idol when my daughter had auditioned for it to laugh at the finalists who were obviously far less talented than her.

wave the fallopian tube. i like it too. reminds me of surfer slang.

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Maybe then she’d figure it out.

Yes, she’d realize that Barack HUSSEIN GBH MURDER RAPE ARSON Obama had Fitz at gun point and was making him type those awful things.

“...creepy drunk tablescape chick…”

Yes! WTF is up with her? Guy F with the backwards sunglasses works my nerves too. The premise of the show is interesting enough: I like the behind-the-scenes look at local joints. But I could live without watching close-ups of Guy stuffing food into his ravenous maw.

Guy F with the backwards sunglasses works my nerves too.

I walked into my local (and super wonderful) liquor store last spring and there he was buying wine.  Backwards sunglasses, baggy shorts, bowling shirt, crappy dyed n’ spiked hair ... the whole package. I felt dirty.

I love Sugar. That Tribal Council was amazing.

Betty, served on a platter with love for you.

I walked into my local (and super wonderful) liquor store last spring and there he was buying wine.  Backwards sunglasses, baggy shorts, bowling shirt, crappy dyed n’ spiked hair ... the whole package. I felt dirty.

It’s just like that web site: Hot Wings With Douchebags

I haven’t seen Survivor in a few weeks, but I’m rooting for Sugar. Glad to hear she’s made it this far.

I guess the next comment I should have him declare his appreciation for bestiality porn and Easter bonnets. Maybe then she’d figure it out.

You are a whole lot of bad, Kevin! :)

I used to like the Food Network a lot better until they decided to dumb it down so much.  It seems like most of the shows are just variations on Sandra, Semi-Homemade Mostly Pink, Lee’s stuff.  Mario Batali’s shows were great but they evidently decided Rachel Ray was who people wanted to emulate when they cooked.  So I almost never put it on now.

When it first started, I hated Survivor. Then eventually, I watched it a few times when I was in high school, and I just grew into it.

One of the reasons I didn’tlike it to begin with was that I was certain it was scripted and they weren’t really living the hard life in the great outdoors everyday and night. But something bothers me: where is Bob getting all these threads and shiny beads for his fake immunity charms? Are the people running the show giving them to him or does Gabon just happen to be Taiwan’s junkyard?

When I first moved in with Mr. Polly, I’d never had a proper kitchen of my own, and believe it or not, Rachael Ray got me used to banging a pan down over a burner and coming up with something edible. That was before she was entirely a caricature of herself; her voice was more natural, ditto her hair, and she didn’t gesture as though signaling the fleet in semaphore.

The few invaluable Food Network standbys in the Polly kitchen:
smoked paprika
one of those gd microplanes, I use it every day on nutmegs and for zesting citrus fruit.
that stubby knife (called a santoku)that is easier to handle in a tiny kitchen with no counter space. Mine is a $3.00 Job Lot Farberware Santoku that I hardly ever stab myself with.

Has anybody made Alton Brown recipes? I followed his brined turkey recipe one year and aside from setting off the smoke detector and putting a thin film of grease over every blessed surface of the stove inside and out, it was the best turkey we’d ever eaten.

Survivor? No. Survivorman? Yes.

That was a dirty trick, Kevin! I almost tossed my waffle.

Marindenver, you’re right—they have dumbed it down or glitzed it up or whatever. Mario is one of my faves. I adopted his basic red sauce as my own and make gigantic vats of it at a time and freeze portions for later use. I miss The Two Fat Ladies. Also the old Japanese version of Iron Chef, which had a comedy factor the US version lacks.

Mrs. Polly, I watch Alton Brown with my daughter all the time. She’s a budding scientist and loves how he explains the chemical reactions, etc. We’ve made several of his recipes, including a killer mac ‘n cheese. I also made a ham last New Year’s using his grandmother’s glaze sauce. It was really good. Ginger Snap cookies are the secret ingredient. I haven’t used his brine recipe (have my own via an uncle), but brined turkey is definitely the way to go.

We’ve made several of his recipes, including a killer mac ‘n cheese

Funny.  I heard about this mac and cheese (musta missed that episode) from a friend at dinner last night.  I think it’s a sign that I have to go make it.

It’s a mission from god, gimme. For the record, Brown made two mac ‘n cheese versions in the episode in question: one for grown-ups and one for kids. We made the kid one.

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