Reality Show vs Real Life

United States
June 6, 2007 3:12pm CST
I admit it it I love to watch reality shows. Why? You are asking is this old gal out of her mind? The fact is when I was a young girl I would often ride the buses and the subway, just to people watch. I would wonder what they are doing, where they are going and if they have a story to tell. As I got older I sat next to them, I stood in line with them, and asked them. Well, not at first, but soon into the conversation. I have had some life changing conversations, let me tell you. Just a few months ago I met an older gent, he was waiting for his wife at a Florida Mall. He asked if he could join me on the bench I was sitting on. He was 89 years old and was from Kentucky. As a young lad he worked for "the" Colonel Sanders and knew his family well. That is a treasure I will long remember. Another time I was at the Austin Texas Airport and a young girl sat next to me. She told me her mom sent her to live with her sister, because she was getting in to trouble at home. Her sister and brother-in-law were serving in Iraq and needed her to watch their children. She told me because of that she had grown to appreciate her mom more and was going back to tell her. I have many more stories I could share, but now I am comparing Reality Shows with Real Life. So here goes ... the TV show can not touch real life, we don't have cameras in our faces 24/7. We don't have producers telling us to do something we might now normally do. We don't drink, cuss or flirt that much. I certainly do not wear a next to nothing bathing suit. I do hot tub, but not with 7 other people. I like to dance but sadly not with Apolo Anton Ohno. I can not sing like Carrie Underwoood so no America Idol for me. I would never live in a house for 3 months and be watched by 74 cameras. The Bachelor was cute, but the most of the girls are so needy. Real World, Celebrity Fit Club, even the past Anna Nicole Smith show have to much dysfunction for me. Getting back to why I watch them. I wonder why they do what they do, what makes them uncover themselfs for TV watchers. My time on this earth is getting shorter and I should be using my time more wisely, but I still sit in front of the TV with my diet coke and buttered popcorn and watch. My viewing habits have change to more HGTV and TLC shows and Amazing Race, The Biggest Loser and Extreme Home Makeover. They provide more upbeat shows for me. You know the kind that make you cry because they have over come hardship and are doing something better with their lives. Every once in a while I still peak at Big Brother, Hells' Kitchen, Project Runway and Wife Swap. I guess I am not that old after all!
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