Despite the writers strike, we’ve been enjoying great television lately. There are a few shows we genuinely miss, especially “The Office.” However, I have no problem with the writers wanting more money – if it weren’t for writers there would be no stories and without stories all television would be bad reality t.v.!!!
But not all reality t.v. will rot your brain. Here are two programs I watch religiously; not only are they entertaining, I usually learn a little something as well.
The first is Amazing Race, Sunday evenings on CBS. Ryan and I have been hooked on this show for several years. If you haven’t seen the show, it involves teams of two in a race around the globe. The winners walk away with One Million Dollars. Teams are comprised of married couples, siblings, friends, etc. In each country they compete against the other teams in competitions such as milking camels (they did this in Africa) or pole jumping dikes in Holland.
Ryan and I regularly discuss sending in an audition video, however, we’re a little worried our relationship would run into severe difficulties if we attempted this stressful race. I can just imagine how stressed I get everytime I have to fly anywhere -lost luggage, rude security people and long lines. If I were doing that every other day I’d turn into a raging bitch! Ryan and I are both extremely competitive and if he could put up with one or two mental meltdowns (by me), we would be a force to be reckoned with.
The second reality show we found this season is called Last One Standing (Thursday evenings on the Discovery Channel). The premise of the show is six athletes from the US and Great Britain, competing in real sporting events around the world. For instance, this last week they competed in a local Peruvian race, which is ran in honor of the gods. The race involves carrying a piece of glacier ice while participating in a one-mile run at 17,000 feet above sea level. Other events have included stick fighting in Africa, Sumi Kick Fighting in Asia, canoe racing in South America and many more.
The group gets one week to train with the locals and then must compete in the event. In all events they are also competing against the locals, but whomever comes in first among the six, gets a win. At the end of the season the overall winner is the athlete with the most wins. The producers of this show did a great job finding likable guys to participate. It wouldn’t be as fun to watch if they were just a bunch of arrogant bastards, but each one seems genuinely nice, and they all get along fairly well and even though they are competing against each other, they are all good sports. There are only two episodes of Last One Standing left, but since this is a Discovery show, I’m sure it will be re-run several times.
So there you have it. When scripted t.v. is on indefinate hold, watch reality television.
We’ve been out of town again, so I’ve been negligent in getting reviews and posts up. However, over the last couple days I’ve managed a review of the movie breaking box office records, I am Legend, and my favorite Denver eatery, Max Gill & Grill.
I am working on several more reviews and will have them posted shortly.
I hope you’re all surviving the holidays!
Photo taken in 2006 near Fairplay, Colorado.
I know it’s not officially winter, but it sure looks like it outside my window. Earlier today, we took Xena and walked over to the coffee shop. It’s a winter wonderland and it’s cold! The sun is not shining and it looks like it might dump more snow on us at any time. I say, LET IT SNOW! I’m ready to strap on the snowshoes and go on a hike!
I’ve gotten two new movie reviews posted, American Gangster and Enchanted. These two movies couldn’t be more different! I still have a couple more to work on and I’ll try to get them posted before the weekend’s over.
If you’ve seen any of the movies I’ve reviewed, I’d love to hear your opinions. Feel free to post your comments.
The snow is falling today and I’m feeling a bit more festive. I guess since it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, I’m going to have to face that it ’tis the season. Colorado’s northern mountains (this includes resorts such as Vail, Steamboat Springs and A-Basin) are getting approx. 2 feet of snow through the weekend – our southern mountains (places such as Telluride and Durango) are suppose to get 4 feet. I think they’ve been sacrificing small children to the snow gods at the ski resorts.
We are headed to the Silverthorne/Dillon area next weekend and thankfully there will be some snow on which to snowshoe – the rest of our group will be skiing and snowboarding, but I find snowshoeing to be a fun and fulfilling sport (and not nearly as dangerous or scary as throwing myself down a mountain). Click here (Snowshoeing) to read an article I wrote last year on snowshoeing. A similar article was published on www.skitown.com: http://www.skitown.com/e-zine/article.cfm?id=13.
The movie, The Golden Compass, started today. So far the reviews aren’t too thrilling, so I’m not sure I’ll spend the money to see it in the theater. I do have a lot of reviews to catch up on and I’m hoping to get several of them posted this weekend. Last weekend, we saw Enchanted, and it was enchanting; sort of forgettable, but a great date movie.
For the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor I’m writing an article about pets and the holidays. Yesterday, I visited the Larimer Humane Society to get some information for the article. I was stunned to see dozens of kittens and puppies there. This doesn’t seem the right time of year, but the LHS informed me “there is no particular season” for baby animals anymore – they received kittens and puppies year round. Unfortunately, they have taken in a record number of animals over the last several months.
I discovered a pure-bred, six year old, female German Shepherd at LHS; she’s been there since November 26. She’s very sweet and loving – you can tell she doesn’t want to be there – GSD’s don’t really do well in shelters – they are high stress dogs and being in a shelter is very hard on them. I wish I could take her, but we don’t have the room for another big dog. I have posted her on www.germanshepherds.com, hopefully the added publicity will help her find a good GSD-fanatic home. If you know anyone who may be interested in her or any other animal from LHS, please direct them to their website: www.larimerhumane.org.
I hope you all are keeping warm and safe.
Give your pets an extra hug today – they don’t know how good they have it.
I can’t seem to get into the spirit this year. Early today, for a brief moment, I felt somewhat spirited when NPR played a medley of Christmas songs performed by a brass band. It was very festive and I found myself happily humming along, but when the songs were over, my Christmas spirit swirled away like smoke in a stiff breeze.
I’ve watched several Christmas movies, hoping that would do it. First up was Fred Claus (which I reviewed on this site). Quite frankly, it wasn’t quite good enough to get me in the holiday spirit and secondly, we watched it before Thanksgiving. I refuse think about Christmas until after Turkey Day is over (by at least a week or two). This past weekend, I watched Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This is Ryan’s all-time favorite Christmas movie and I am forced to watch it around this time every year. Last night, we watched Elf (a much better movie than Fred Claus). Even though it was funny watching Will Ferrell run around in tights, it didn’t do a whole lot for my attitude.
Still, I am feeling a little like Scrooge. I don’t feel like putting up decorations, I certainly don’t feel like putting up a tree (what a bother) and I really, really don’t like the idea of going to the mall to compete with the mobs over made-in-China junk!!
I guess I’m going to have to pull out my favorite Christmas movie, The Christmas Story. Perhaps if I remind myself of the real reason for the season – obtaining a Red Ryder BB gun – I will dig myself out of this shroud of gloom and begin to enjoy this season of giving.
If that doesn’t work, there’s always eggnog (and rum).
I’ve got some catching up to do!
I’ve seen several movies lately, including American Gangster and La Vie en Rose.
But today I’m having to work on my other writing gig, so the reviews will have to wait.
Ryan and I are headed to the Bronco game tonight – no need to review that – the Bronco’s will win. They’ve never lost when I’ve been at a game in-person.
Also, as a reminder, if you’ve read a good book lately you’d like to recommend to me, I’m always looking for books to put on my list. Movies too!
I have moved the review of Boulder’s Dinner Theater to the Restaurant page.
I actually managed to post 3 new reviews today.
Please check them out under Movie Reviews.
Or click below to see what I thought of Gone Baby Gone.
New movie review just posted! Click link below.