Monday, October 21, 2019

THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME LIVE LONG ENOUGH


I had a pet peeve.

I don't watch Wheel of Fortune unless my brother is visiting as my sister-in-law enjoys the show.  The game itself is not that bad, I am just always put off by the contestants who always describe their families in impossibly glowing terms.

"My beautiful and talented wife Lora who is an amazing mother and         homemaker."
"My brilliant and handsome husband Carl who makes every day special."
"Our adorable and perfect children: my son the Eagle Scout and my daughter who bakes cookies for the elderly."

Ok some might be all that glorious but not every contestant is in the perfect marriage, yet every single contestant swears they have the perfect partner and children. It always seemed scripted and phony to me.  Makes me feel that only Stepford families need to apply.

I have told my brother many times that I longed for the day when someone would get up there and say,  "I have a bit of a slob for a wife and my teen age kids are driving me nuts."

Well it finally happened and while I missed it, thank goodness for youtube.


I'm sure most of you have all ready seen it as it has been all over the news. However  in case you haven't and the video doesn't work, this is how he described his family.

"I've been trapped in a loveless marriage for the last 12 years to an old battle-axe named Kim." He told the crowd.  "She cursed my life with 3 step-children: Star, RJ and Ryan and I have one rotten grandchild."

He later admitted he really loved them all like "nobody's business." Still even though the trash descriptions were not true, it was delightfully refreshing.  I just may have to watch the show now to see if the future contestants got the message.

Wish I had caught it live. All the years of glowing descriptions had to have rankled him also to make such a bold play. I love that guy. Thank you Blair.  I can die now--well not right now-- but that really took a big wish off my bucket list.

Probably why I am so cynical is that once two good friends of mine went on a game show as a happily married couple.  They were all smiles and lovey on camera but I knew they were in the process of a rather nasty divorce which was finalized shortly after the show aired.

Is there a pet peeve that grates on your last nerve that you hope to live long enough to see exposed?  Have patience, it took 37 years for me to enjoy mine.  Ahhhh.

55 comments :

  1. Patti, you are too funny--but you make a good point. I haven't seen Wheel of Fortune since the 1980s, but I DO watch reality shows like 'Big Brother' & 'Survivor' on CBS, and it seems that everytime they do a background story on the contestants, these people all come from wealthy looking homes, filled with loving family members, in a tight-knit community... maybe having all that is a requirement to be on one of those shows!

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    1. Doug,
      Thanks. Maybe they are just trying to out shine the previous contestants. Somehow I think the show knew what Blair was going to say. It has gotten them great press and given legions of us satisfaction:))

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  2. Okay, I got myself in trouble on another blog regarding this show and guy, won't happen again. LOL

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  3. I haven't watched Wheel of Fortune in eons. That cracks me up. I think nearly everyone polishes their world a bit when they are in the spotlight.

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    1. Terri,
      Think you are right. Probably like Facebook and Christmas letters.

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  4. I can't think of a thing I'd like to see different on TV, but then again, I don't watch quiz shows like that. But it sure is fun to see that somebody like that guy@ :-)

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    1. Djan,
      He really pulled a great surprise that seemed to have pleased a bunch of us. What a guy.

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  5. As you know, I LOVE this guy! I can't spell and I hate Sajak so I don't normally watch. But this man made me happy, happy, happy.
    Jean, I hope you didn't feel in trouble with me. I don't know why you would but if I did something I am unaware of I would like to apologize, I am sorry. Patti, you know we are just sisters from another mister.

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    1. Margaret,
      Ha ha, I can't spell his name either but I can spell Blair and he is a real gem. Me too on the 3 happies.

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    2. Margaret, no need to apologize what so ever.

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  6. When Wheel of Fortune comes on I can't find the remote fast enough...!!!

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    1. BlueRidge Boomer,
      Me too unless I have company that likes the show. Good to see you. Hope this means you will be blogging again.

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  7. I did see him live, at first I was shocked then realized he was being contrary and I loved it!

    I have pet peeves, but not ones that I think could be resolved. :)

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    1. Eileen,
      You are so lucky to have seen it live. I would have loved the shock value. It must have made jaws drop all over the nation.

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  8. Most Christmas letters drive me nuts. Not all of thm, but too often they are filled with the brilliant and successful children, the talented and adorable grandchildren and how all their lives are filled with joy. I have a wicked pleasure when I learn of their divorce the next year.

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    1. Carolyn,
      I am so with you on the Christmas letters that seem to be endless promotion. Kind of like some Face Book accounts.

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  9. I LOVE that guy! What a grand sense of humor. I have never watched Wheel of Fortune, and this little clip was perfect. I'm trying to think of my own pet peeves. Mmmm... I think it's when I'm on the phone with friends and family and I'm making it absolutely clear that I need to hang up, and they keep talking and talking and talking. I want to shout SHUT UP ALREADY AND LET ME HANG UP!

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    1. robin,
      Wasn't he just the coolest? Don't suppose on your chatty phone callers you can just get "cut off". They would probably just call you back. Good luck.

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  10. It was time for something open like that. Me,...if I don't like what they are selling, I hang up on them.

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  11. Mage,
    I so agree. However, I never answer if I don't know the number. Sometimes they will fool me and like you I just hang up.

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  12. Don't watch those shows so don't know they are so gagggg-worthy sweeeet. LOL Stuff like that, would rankle me tooooo!

    It's nap time, so I can't think of any now. But I'm sure to have a million of them!!!! -grinnnn-

    🍁🍂🎃🍁🍎🍂🍁

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    1. wisps of words,
      Oh it was gag worthy which is why his response was so perfect.

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  13. Saw it live, loved it!

    Pet peeve...people who correct spelling and grammar on my blog.

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    1. Joeh,
      I am so envious you saw it live. Looks like you and River agree on the grammar police. I am so bad my self I'd never correct anyone.

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    2. I'm a corrector, although I try hard not to, sometimes I just can't help myself.

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  14. It's been a pet peeve of mine also especially when a husband or wife is described in glowing terms and then we see them.....but they love them and that's what counts, right? I've go so many pet peeves, I can't think of just one to tell you.

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    1. Snickelfritz,
      And don't they look ordinary? Well I guess that doesn't keep them from being perfect in their eyes. I still believe it is phony.

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  15. That'sfunny. I very seldom watch "Wheel" and when it's on I don't give it rapt attention. I am most likely watching Rachel Maddow at that time, and there are plenty of presidential peeves to deal with.

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    1. Linda,
      Know what you mean. The political scene now days is everyone's pet peeve.

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  16. This is one of your best posts ever! I love Blair too and I hadn't seen the you-tube or heard about it. THANKS FOR THE GUFFAW !!

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    1. Ginny,
      Thank you so much and glad you thought it was as funny as I did. A real jaw dropper.

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  17. I watch Jeopardy every once in a while, that's all. Anyway, love this. I was a contestant on a quiz show once. I won ... well, kind of. I won ten cases of spaghetti sauce as a consolation prize.

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    1. Tom,
      TEN CASES??? Mercy, you much still be eating it or it was donated to some charity long ago.

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  18. My pet peeve is that these shows ARE scripted, they're told to say nice things, and even if they know the answers to questions, they are told to stall for time because the network says so.

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    1. River,
      I totally believe that and wonder why so many seem OK with that these people are sincere.The scripting has made the shows just unbelievable.

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  19. We watch it during our dinner...saw it! Needless to say, we stopped chewing for a while. Didn't want to choke on his words.

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    1. Hootin Anni,
      Lucky you to have caught it live. I'll be there were millions doing the same thing about chewing.

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  20. Ha! Way too many 'perfect' relationship claims for me as well. I don't watch game shows since Front Page Challenge went off the air. I get my jollies from the ever spunky Judge Judy. Also, game shows have sound effects that vaguely resemble my door bell. Don't want to upset my paranoid and antisocial rescue cat, Ellie Mae. Another very entertains post, Patti!

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    1. Out to Pasture,
      We didn't get that show here but I looked it up and it looked like it must have been fun and interesting. Funny about Ellie Mae and doorbell noises. I have to mute the TV for Callie when CBS Sunday Morning comes on for the trumpet makes her howl.

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  21. I saw this on another blog -- pretty amusing.
    My TV pet peeves include interviewees who start every answer with "So . . ." or "Right, so . . " And then there are those who say "That's a good question." every single time. Not that I want to hear stupid questions, but every question is unexpectedly good?

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    1. Olga,
      OK, now you have put me on guard and I will now watch for these flaws. Gee thanks:))

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  22. dang, I enjoyed your post. Yep, to hear those contestants tell it this world and theirs, too, is just perfect. Bah ha ha.

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    1. Latane,
      Thank you. I did watch one since then and the woman just said,
      "My husband Jim and our two children Mark and Cane." Maybe it is catching on. She won by the way.

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  23. I saw that clip on the news too and yup... my eyebrows disappeared into my bangs. I think he said his wife knew he was going to say this. Pat Sajak seemed to keep his cools through it all.

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    1. Kay,
      Ha ha, so that is where our eyebrows go:)) Pat did keep his cool.

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  24. You are so funny. Only one peeve and it lives in a big white house.

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    1. Inger,
      Thank you and me too. I so agree. Just hope we all survive this.

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  25. Pet peeves? Oh I have so many! I'll pick just one. Facebook. I'm on Facebook and although I find it very handy for keeping in touch with family and friends some of the posts annoy the hell out of me. It's the ones like, "If you love your daughter, share this," with the implication that if you don't share you must hate her! I refuse to be suckered in. I won't mention any more or this will run to several thousand words!

    Around My Kitchen Table

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    1. AMKT,
      Me too on FB. I have a fake account under a fake name just to keep track of family photos. I post nothing myself so I miss a bunch but am surprised at the number of "friend" requests I get. They are not my friends.

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  26. I want to duct tape Vanna White's wrists and force feed her until she weighs at least 250lbs and has the walking farts as she ambles across the stage to flip the letters. Ahhhhh! Now, that makes even Mildred Ratched smile!

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  27. That must be the funniest thing I've seen in a while! I love his tenacity!! I have so many pet peeves and it makes me sound like a big ole compainer. Face book is one of them....I see so many UN-Inspiring people who post inspiring quotes. I'm over here thinking--"did you actually read that? because that is NOT how you are living your life" :)

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  28. Even though I like a positive focus, I get a little turned off when people can't admit to the truth of a bad situation. Are they just kidding themselves? (because they sure aren't kidding me...) I'm off Facebook for all the reasons stated above - and more.

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