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  1. She couldn't even tell them, "No, you will not ride in the car with me to the airport." The whole thing made no sense. She claimed they were going to take separate cars, and then the daughter and SIL insisted on all riding together. Why would they take separate cars? So the daughter and SIL can view him for a moment, and then they get back into their own car and go home? Yeah, definitely production driven. FWIW, according to the internet, the minimum wage in Belize is the equivalent of $1.65 USD. So, about $300/month covers that.
  2. She did, and everybody's complaining about that. Girl can't win.
  3. I'd say it's more of a case of finding a compatible guy. I think it's more of a case of she wouldn't get to whine or beg or show him how much she's spending. I think she enjoys it, and I think she really enjoys it when she gets paid to do it.
  4. Oh, great. Something else to make me flinch. I did notice that in the most recent episode, she had only one "literally." But a whole bunch of "actual" or "actually"s, which can be just as irritating. I don't really watch the show for good cooking, but rather for the interactions of the hosts. That's why I don't like the home versions. And I'm kind of entertained by her being outside in freezing weather, if nothing else than because it's so mysterious. And I like that she's doubling down on it; it was easy grilling during the summer, but this is showing real commitment. And the article linked to says she has a camouflaged space heater to keep her warm, so I don't think she's particularly uncomfortable out there. It has to be better than at home, where there were sometimes gale-force winds. Even when Katie said they have the spaghetti with canned clams once a week? Wow. That's a cop out excuse if I ever heard one. Boy, I don't think so. Like @Ashforth, I respect it. She didn't sign up for having a show featuring her kitchen. But I'm still amazed that people doing remote shows have their entire house in the background on their video feeds. I sure wouldn't do that, and it's not because I'm ashamed. Now, in this case, it could be argued that seeing their kitchens is relevant to their cheffing, but I don't think I'm entitled to that information.
  5. Could you just tell me what it was? I'm not sure what I'd be looking for.
  6. I can tell by looking at some of them that they were originally apartments. Dallas has big swaths of apartment complexes just like that; I always associated them with single people, a step up from college apartments. Or, in Los Angeles, a lot of the condos people look at on the show look just like my student apartment in LA; I know those are conversions. That said, I lived in a condo complex that was converted from apartments. It was a step above, because the buildings were made of brick, but otherwise seemingly nothing special--built in 1968 and turned into condos a few years after that. BUT it turns out that the quality you don't see was amazing. There was a fire in a downstairs unit that completely destroyed that unit and killed the woman inside. The apartment above it suffered only some smoke damage. The burned-up apartment shared its back side with another unit, and that unit suffered only very mild smoke damage, and the people moved back in a few days later. I compare that to most apartment complex fires I see, where every unit in a building is destroyed if one catches on fire. Actually, the unit that caught fire was very near mine--the one it shared its back wall with shared my walkway. My unit was up for sale at the time, and the stench was unbelievable for weeks, and I thought that and the police tape you had to walk by would be a real turn-off for prospective buyers. But I used it as a selling point: "See that burned up unit there? Notice that the one above it is fine, with only some scorch marks on the outside." I found out later that these units all had fire walls that went up into the attic, to the roof. I'm not sure how someone looking at a condo would even be able to know that, but it's something I'd be very interested in knowing if I ever look into buying any attached unit again. And knowing how a lot of apartment complexes completely burn down, I get the feeling it's not a common feature.
  7. Agree. In the Vietnam episode, I remember being thankful I didn't turn "digital nomad" into a drinking game. Usually, I use "I mean" as my drinking game. The good thing about that one is that the narrator never uses it, unlike "digital nomad," which everyone was saying. But even without that advantage, I think "I mean" will still win every time. But there were words she simply didn't understand, and twice her partner said he often didn't know whether she didn't hear what he said or didn't understand what he said. That makes me wonder about her general command of the language. although I don't know how much command is necessary to teach English in a non-English speaking place. And I don't know about any accent because I'm from the U.S. and consider American English to be unaccented. But a person from England or Australia would obviously disagree. I did think the HH had an accent that wasn't American, British, or Australian. I've always loved the segment in PARIS JE T'AIME where Margo Martindale plays a U.S. post office employee reading aloud the essay she wrote for her French class about her visit to Paris. I can't understand anything native French speakers say, but could actually follow her slow, deliberate, monotone delivery.
  8. I'm not the policy maker, but I suspect the reasoning is that the person who lives independently can go a long way toward staying away from other people and lowering the chance of getting the virus, while the kid working at Walmart can't. I suspect that's why old people in nursing homes are prioritized above old people not in nursing homes--the ones in nursing homes have no choice but to be exposed to all kinds of people. The best way to avoid dying from the virus is to not get it in the first place, which is easier for a 70-year-old who can choose to stay away from people than for a kid working at Walmart. But there has to be an effect from spending 40 hours a week surrounded by not only customers, but also by fellow grocery store workers who themselves are exposed to hundreds of people 40 hours a week. You know the people who walk around the mall for exercise? I don't think anyone would suggest they do it in a grocery store instead, even though they would be just passing by people in the store, and since they'd be on the move, they're not making it so anybody else has to be near them. I think they're also worried about the employee himself getting sick and not being able to go to work, which would also explain why people in non-essential stores aren't prioritized--society won't grind to a halt if so many people at Hobby Lobby get sick they don't have enough people to open the store. But if grocery stores don't have enough people to man them, and to stock the shelves? That's a real problem. Same with hospitals. I also wonder if it's a little bit of a "thank you" to people like grocery store workers and health care workers, who are right in the line of fire. And in the case of grocery store workers, they'd most likely be making more money being on unemployment with the enhanced benefits than what they're actually paid, but don't have that option because they haven't been laid off. So they're making less money by working and they're in harm's way, so that the rest of us can have access to food. Lots of difficult choices here.
  9. Don’t bother. 🙄 Very sound advice, but I'll admit that Jade is the only one I really pay attention to, but only because I hate everyone around her and can barely tolerate her, and my tolerance comes only from knowing how terrible it must be to deal with all those horrible people around her, having been given life skills by some of those very people. Her situation is not that frustrating to me because there's such an obvious solution: kick them all to the curb. But she won't do it, and has no one to blame but herself. She seems convinced that Kloie is better off with her mother and Sean in her life, but I completely disagree. Of course, my opinion isn't clouded by needing someone to take care of Kloie while Jade is at work or going to Las Vegas. I can watch that without getting knots in my stomach. Unlike Leah and her perceived superiority as a recovering drug addict and her constant life-coach affirmations to the girlses. Or Kail's general clueless heinousness, or Brianna's saintliness, or Chelsea's uh, everything.
  10. So Drew started with DeVOIN, and then went to DeVON after hearing everybody pronounce it that way, and then went back to DeVOIN. Jesus, man, pick a lane. Or, well, he did pick a lane with Brianna, which he pronounced Bree-onna consistently, even though her own mother pronounced it Bree-anna right there, in addition to throughout the entire season. So pick the right lane, Drew. You're the host. Pronounce the guests' names right. I'll add to that, "Don't distribute ultrasound photos of a fetus if aborting it is even the tiniest notion in the very back of your mind." She may not have learned anything from the show (and if she doesn't, maybe the impregnable teens who watch it don't, either?), but I do think she's learned some things in therapy. Of course she used some of it to her advantage, in refusing to discuss the Wawa incident, but I've seen some glimmers of self awareness that have previously been completely absent. Time will tell, I guess. My fervent hope is that I don't find out because I have the fortitude to not watch this mess the next time it comes around.
  11. This movie had one of the funniest exchanges I've seen in a long time. Carey Mulligan brings her pediatric surgeon boyfriend home for dinner, and one of her parents says to him, "Your parents must be so proud." And he replies, "Actually, they wanted me to be a DJ." I about died.
  12. Aah, good point. The only thing I could come up with is that she really badly wants Reanna and Taron to be together, and who cares, since almost all teen parents split up anyway. She seems to be going way beyond just wanting Taron to be in the picture. Maybe she could take a page from Lilliana's playbook and say she's not going to be the one in the delivery room, and make Reanna pick somebody else. It doesn't look like she'd pick Taron, but if all her girlfriends say hell no I don't want to watch you get cut open, maybe she might pick him after all. Just talking out my ass here, but parents aren't present in the operating room when their children have surgery, so I'd be surprised if a parent's presence is required during a c-section. Or even a regular birth--it's not like they can put it on hold until the appropriate person shows up.
  13. Bigger question: Why am I watching her calling him 14 times a day? She's such an amateur. When she asked the server if there was pork in the meatballs and the server said no, they were all beef, she accepted it. The correct action is to say, "Are you sure?" At which point the server will invariably say, "Uh, let me go check." And come back saying, "Actually, the beans do have lard in them." I heard that, too, and would like more info. It's one thing to have a cold, drafty house that you just can't seem to get warm and cozy, but there's no reason not to have hot water. And soaking your feet in hot water can make the coldest, draftiest house almost bearable. Ha! I have a friend who always said if he has a boy, he's naming him Formica. If a girl, Chlamydia. Viewers of The Bachelor might find his balcony appearance reminiscent of the Full Mesnick. At least you have that. Her hair reminds me of 80s perms, and that is not a good thing. Is it really that long? I am not doubting you, but man.....I live in the Twin Cities and that is like driving to Duluth every day and back again!!! Good Lord, book a commuter flight, lol!! Seattle is about 50 miles away from Sequim as the crow flies. Unfortunately, Mike is not a crow. And unlike the drive from Minneapolis to Duluth, it's not a straight shot on an interstate, either. Not sure if he takes the ferry, but it might primarily save miles, and not time. And mental anguish from dealing with Seattle rush-hour traffic, since it seems he works "normal" hours. Then again, I'm trying to remember to never believe anything I see on this show.
  14. I remember finally being able to move from my bed to a recliner, and as I was sitting there, I actually thought, "If this is as good as I ever feel, I don't want to live." And I could definitely see how it could kill older people. I was bitching to the doctor about how lousy I felt weeks into the pneumonia, and I'll never forget what she said: "Your lungs are a major organ." I'd never thought of them that way, and it illustrates the possible horror of COVID, since it attacks the lungs. I don't remember struggling to breathe (except I didn't like doing it because it exacerbated the pain I had from coughing), and can't imagine feeling like you're drowning in addition to everything else pneumonia offers up. Not to mention that COVID has non-pneumonia-like effects. And even if you don't suffer all that, you might end up with milder effects that last a long time. What a vicious little virus.
  15. I think he didn't give shoes to "the homeless," but to a particular homeless guy. And I believe it was more than one pair, and if it's one thing homeless people have, it's plenty of storage space for multiple pairs of shoes. She's not a psychiatrist. She's not even a psychologist. She has a PhD in sociology. I'm always surprised by the number of religious people who appear on this show. Marriage seems to be a pretty big deal in most religions, and I have trouble believing God would choose a tawdry reality TV show as the vehicle for this sacred institution. Seems to me God has already set up a way to find a person who's likely to be a religiously compatible spouse--at church.
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