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29 October 2008 @ 08:59 pm
So I was watching Jon & Kate Plus Eight on TLC during the last half-hour before I put Meghan to bed (yeah, yeah, I know, TV for kids = bad, but it was a nice, chill activity, and I rarely watch TV around her anymore), and this commercial came on for three shows they're airing Sunday night on TLC. All three caught my eye, but one of them in particular was awesome. Or at least awesomely titled.

Purity Balls.

Which are apparently father-daughter formals where girls sign a pledge to their fathers that they will remain virgins until they get married.

OK, so the subject is a bit frightening. I'm not against people making a choice to stay abstinent until marriage, but to sign a pledge to one's father on the subject seems rather extreme...and what about the poor mother? Doesn't she get any recognition? It just seems creepy and paternalistic to me. But anyway, given that very subject, the title is wonderful.

It's actually the least interesting to me out of the three programs (probably because of the creep factor); the other two are I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant (FINALLY, people who are going to explain this crazy phenomenon, because seriously, after having been pregnant myself, YA KIND OF CAN'T MISS THE SIGNS AFTER A CERTAIN POINT, like when the baby, you know, KICKS AND MOVES AND YOUR BELLY MOVES LIKE THERE'S AN ALIEN SHIFTING AROUND INSIDE DOING THE WAVE! So even if you're one of those people who has intermittent bleeding/spotting throughout the pregnancy, there comes a point where ya sort of HAVE to know, and I'd like to see someone explain how they honestly didn't) and Painted Babies at 17 (which is a follow-up to a 1995 documentary about child beauty pageant participants, showing what two of the girls who were in it, and are now 17, are up to and how their stage moms and beauty pageant pasts (and present?) have affected their lives...I'm always a sucker for this sort of stuff).

Gah, reality TV, you are always sucking me in. I also got hooked on the second season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Forget Crazy Gary Oldman; now there's a new Crazy Gary in town: CRAZY GARY BUSEY OMG!!! That guy is a total freak.

But I pledge not to watch any further seasons of A Shot at Love (anyway, Tila Tequila swore she wouldn't do another, so they're getting another bachelorette, at least according to something I read somewhere on the Internets), and I'm certainly going nowhere near Rock of Love Charm School. Why the hell is Sharon Osbourne on that thing? Sharon Osbourne : charm :: Purity Balls : not at all creepy.

Yes, I do have the worst taste in TV ever. It's all I can do to prevent myself from watching paternity tests on Maury every day. Hey, at least I'm honest.
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Stealth Mexi Geek-Nerd: embrace the painsithwitch13 on October 30th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
OH GOD WHAT. Your friend's dad frightens me :-(

It's definitely a regression. I celebrated like nobody's business the day that Jon Lovitz beat the hell out of Andy Dick.

CELEBRITY FIT CLUB I FORGOT ABOUT THAT. I saw, like, twenty minutes altogether of the season he was in, and the only thing I can really remember is him screaming at the Snapple Lady because she's Jewish and asked if he could aim their group prayer at God instead of Jesus out of respect for that. It was insane. I keep wondering how the guy that was so creepily awesome in Lethal Weapon and pretty good in Great Balls of Fire is now a clip on The Soup screaming "I WILL PULL YOUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM OUT OF YOUR BODY" on repeat.

The puppy... well, roomie with a baby was never home because of baby. One roomie was never home because she was graduating in computer science, trying to get into Air Force Officer Training School, and trying to help run Aggiecon. Roomie Two was never home because she was graduating, double-majoring in biomedical science and genetics, worked a job, and was incredibly busy with her church group. I was never home because I tended to study over at Scott's away from the temptation of my computer, was helping to run Aggiecon, and had two nervous breakdowns that semester after making the mistake of taking eighteen hours (five of which were a very intensive Anatomy course that was single-handedly responsible for both the breakdowns and plummeting GPA that semester). Mommy!roomie started locking the puppy in the bathroom to keep it from eating the furniture. Husky puppies do not belong in bathrooms.

I felt so bad for the poor dog, but this was also just a couple of months after I landed in the ER for my back and could not physically stand being yanked around by a hyperactive puppy for any amount of time when I did try to take her for walks. Poor dog ended up having to be rehomed--after it ate a hole in the bathroom door and wall. I still love that roomie, but I've never quite forgiven her for that, or for not listening to our advice re: obedience and crate training and just not getting a puppy mill dog in general.
Miss Sophia: Run Screaming!miss_sophia on October 30th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Oh, my friend's dad frightens me, too. And her. I'm going down there with Meghan in a few weeks (they live in the Atlanta area), and when I reminded her that if we go to visit her parents, I'm sure I'm going to get a crazy lecture from her dad about parenting, she was all, "OMG MY DAD, I TOTALLY FORGOT! Yeaaaah, OK, Mom's coming over to my house to see you and Meghan. We are not going over there." I bet we will anyway, but...at least we're as mentally prepared for it as we can get. Her dad's big thing is that the IRS is evil, so I'm sure I'm going to hear all about how Meghan can be a part of his plan for creating an organization that will somehow manage to take down the IRS. I'm not even kidding. And he'll give me videotapes to show to her. He already gave some to me several years ago, and after watching part of one and laughing my head off, I taped several episodes of Friends over it.

the day that Jon Lovitz beat the hell out of Andy Dick

And I can see this where? *GLEE!*

OMG, I totally know about the prayer thing on Celebrity Fit Club because it was featured as one of the 20 Most Shocking Reality TV Moments 2 or something like that on VH1!!! I didn't know/realize who that was at the time, but I remember thinking, "Holy shit, what a nutball!"

Awww, that's so sad about the puppy! Why on earth would you get a puppy that you can't even take care of, especially when you've got a surprise baby to deal with (or did the puppy come before the baby)?
Stealth Mexi Geek-Nerdsithwitch13 on October 30th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
...whaaaaa. That's... wow.

It happened in July '07! If memory serves, I watched a few episodes of The Critic in celebration.

No, the puppy came after the baby. She saw it in the puppy store that opened up in the College Station mall and it looked exactly like the one her fiance had as a kid, so she decided to buy it for when he came back from Iraq. Which was a nice sentiment, but not so good in practice, for many reasons :-/
Miss Sophia: HSR - Weirded out!miss_sophia on October 30th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
Holy hell, Andy Dick is the devil. And Jon Lovitz is my new hero. That's incredible.

And...dude, yeah, that's pretty bad decision making re: the puppy. Besides, it's not like every single husky is a unique flower. They don't look alike as much as golden retrievers, but...I'm sure she would eventually have found her fiance a puppy during a time that they both could have handled it. Yikes. :/ I hope the dog found a nice, new home.
Stealth Mexi Geek-Nerd: blobfishsithwitch13 on October 30th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Yes on both counts :-D

It was spectacularly bad. I'm pretty sure it found a good new home--the vet she had been seeing thought it was a beautiful project dog. At least, that's what she told me. I'm hoping it's true.