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Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 12:57 pm

I am guilty. Mr. Wonderful shakes his head and tells me I’m crazy to do it but I still do. It draws my attention like a magnet to metal. Sometimes it’s embarrassing to admit I do it (Note to self…people are reading this so they will know!). What is it that I do? I watch reality TV.

Oh, yes. I love things like Tiny House, Say Yes to the Dress, Tanked, Flip this House, Hoarders, House Hunters and more. I love the ones where they search for long lost family members and find them. Mr. Wonderful laughs at me but I tell him it is “mindless” TV. I don’t have to think when I watch those shows. I go in my sewing room and work on the computer or sew while it plays in the background. I look up occasionally and see what is going on. Ooooh…how about Undercover Boss? I love that one because most of the bosses reward the employees or help them out of situations. Sometimes bosses don’t realize what it is to live paycheck to paycheck or have medical issues, etc. and this show gives the bosses an opportunity to observe everyday life of the normal working person.

Most of the reality TV shows are kind of like…happily ever after. They usually end up on a good note…a touchy-feely moment. They leave you feeling that there is good in this world. Maybe it is because they make me dream about life. Maybe that is why I like them.

How many watch Dancing with the Stars? Now that is an entertaining show. Have you seen Dance Moms or Teenage Moms? I just want to slap some of those people up side of the head! Are they that stupid?

Oh, my and what about Naked and Afraid? Hello…is this supposed to be the modern-day version of Adam and Eve? Stuck in the jungle or wherever with someone you don’t know and naked trying to survive? The concept is very weird but I guess it is a take-off Survivor.

Love it or List it is another one of my favorites. I was thinking the other day that maybe this is because we get to look into other people’s homes. Are we peeping Tom’s?

But wait a minute. Reality TV is nothing new. Maybe it just exposes more now.

Years ago, I remember my mom watching Queen for a Day. At the time, Queen for a Day served as a modern-day rags-to-riches reality show. Broadcasting live from the historic theatre-restaurant, Moulin Rouge, in Hollywood, each episode would consist of three to four women competing to become Queen for a Day. The women revealed their most personal stories to the American public. Audience members then decided which woman's story was most heart-wrenching (by use of the applause-o-meter) and the winner was crowned Queen for a Day. The selected queen was dramatically adorned with a crown, robe, and roses. They received gifts such as appliances (I think the Maytag man was popular on that show) and fully paid nights out.

Yes, reality TV is nothing new. Remember Candid Camera? Isn’t What Would You Do sort of like that? I like that show too.

OK so I watch reality TV Mr. Wonderful. When he picks on me about it, I always tell him that it is no different than him watching sports or, God forbid, wrestling! Oh the world of the WWF. I can’t stand to stay in the same room when that is on TV so I guess we will call it even.

So, Mr. Wonderful… when John Cena goes toe-to-toe with Punk or does a pile driver in the family room, you can bet that Drew and Jonathan Scott will be in my sewing room designing a new home for a family.

I admit that I am a reality TV junky. Reality TV rocks. Let’s get real here. Good, bad or indifferent, it takes me away from it all.

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