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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

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Location: California, United States

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Big TV Night

I'm in a hurry because this is my big TV night. Big Brother 6 and Rock Star InXS. Believe me when I tell you that I am sharing my innermost dirty little secret. Television is bad. Reality TV is for cretins and people with a lack of imagination. I am not certain into which category I fall.

I grew up in a family of Intellectuals. Note that I capitalized the word Intellectuals. Both of my grandmothers (born in the first decade of the 20th century) were professional women. My paternal grandmother was a teacher and school principal. My maternal grandmother was a social worker and boasted 2 masters degrees. One grandfather was the owner and editor of his small town newspaper. The other had a doctorate in genetics and later earned his masters in library science. My mother had a masters degree, my father had a masters degree, even my not so bright stepfather had a masters degree. My uncle is a world famous astrophysicist, one of his sons has a doctorate in one of the sciences, and his twin sons supposedly became Wall Street millionaires by their early or mid thirties. They also have masters degrees.

Am I bragging? No. I point out these personal bits of trivia only to let you know how unimpressed I am with college degrees. We are equally if not more dysfunctional than your average American family. Some of my family members were distressed to learn that I chose nursing as a profession. How impressive can you be if you deal with the bodily fluids of strangers on a daily basis? At least have the decency to become an M.D.

My grandmother breathed a sigh of relief that I finished my R.N. before she died. Being an L.V.N. (practical nurse) was a bit closer to the bottom of the heap than she wanted me to be.

I actually had a friend who once said to me "You need to get your masters degree." When I asked why, she said "Because then you can write a book and share all of your wisdom and knowledge with other women."

I asked why I needed another college degree to do that. She explained that I would have more credibility if I had an advanced degree. Maybe that's why I'm blogging. Who needs an advanced degree to blog? I still don't know why no one would read my book if I wrote one sans advanced degree. I already know what I know. And I learned it the hard way; by living life and spending 25 years on the couch. That had to be more expensive than a doctorate.

Back to television. We didn't have a television from the time I was about 13 until I entered college. Our television broke and my stepfather decided TV was a waste of time and refused to replace it. I should probably have thanked him. Now that I have finished my studies and am well advanced in my career, I have lots of free time and free space in my head to fill up with mindless junk. And I still love to read.

Sad to say, I have no idea who InXS are. Well, of course they are a rock band. And their lead singer died or killed himself a number of years ago. So all these old rockers get together and decide they could sell truckloads of CDs if they staged a reality show to find a new lead singer. I don't care about InXS. But the talent they brought to the show is awesome. So, I have continued to watch. It makes American Idol seem embarrassing and pedestrian.

As for Big Brother 6, I think I like to see other people being as stupid as I am when it comes to other people. The added attraction is that the lesbian is one of the final two contestants. I like it when lesbians win. Especially when they win publicly. She's something of a loud mouthed whiner but she's still a dyke so I'll root for her.

Anyway, it's 9 p.m. here on the left coast, there is a bottle of chardonnay in the fridge, and my programs are on.

Kinja, the weblog guide

3 Comments:

Blogger Seabiscuit said...

I like reality TV because of the lonilness factor for me personally. It is like I'm in the company of someone and their drama takes my mind off my drama.

I'm all ready for Martha's new show! Martha is HOT!

I'm not much on degrees either. I only went back to school because I was tired of low paying jobs. But, so far my degree isn't paying off. And, some would make fun of the fact that my higher education was a community college. I don't like it when someone attempts to use their high education to belittle me.

Hugs Nurse!

9:44 AM PDT  
Blogger Gina said...

I'm not a big fan of reality shows myself, but I would agree that RockStar makes Idol look like a highschool production (with a lot of money)

Your grandmother sounds like my mother-In-Law (herself a nurse, with a Masters) she thinks my life would be so much better if I go back to school and get more education, like some how degrees will find my ideal job. I'm a SAHM right now (another thing she wants me to continue to do) I'm the black sheep of the family with one year left in a Biology and Chemistry degree, I just lost interest and wanted to start my life and my family...

8:57 PM PDT  
Anonymous Kate said...

Hi sis,
I love your blog. My guilty TV pleasure is Dog the Bounty Hunter. There must be something genetic in that trailer trash fascination.

xo

1:50 PM PDT  

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