*note: This post was originally intended for Monday, but then the glorious redesign (Have I mentioned how happy I am with this thing? LOVE. IT.) happened, and rightfully the rest of the world came to a screeching halt. So anyway...here's my dare, inspired by the face that I am a voyeur at heart, and the more "mundane" the snooping (as I first learned from my joy in viewing the items on JenB's Vegas hotel-room bedside table), the better:
Got TiVo? Or any other DVR? Go, right now, pull up your "Now Playing" screen, and snap a photo of whatever is at the very top. No cheating, just whatever is the top page of your recorded (or currently recording) shows. Come on, show your shame. I did--"WIFE SWAP," people!!
Post the result on your site, and leave a link in the comments here, OR send it to me in an email, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we get a decent number of responses, I've started a flickr group (where you can either add your dares yourself, or, if you don't have a flickr account, send them to me and I'll add them), and perhaps the "dare" will become a regular feature, and maybe eventually evolve beyond the "show and tell" phase. So, to kick off, here are my very highbrow and intellectual viewing options as of Monday.Yeah, that's right. You got a problem with "Wife Swap" (OH MY GOSH THAT INSANE PIRATE FAMILY VERSUS COMPULSIVE LABELING ORGANIZER FAMILY SWAP!!!) or "Angel?" And for some reason, we just keep waiting for Steven Rappaport to be funny. Apparently, something about the confines of "The War at Home" stifles him. And that's season five ("Day 5") of "24" because Alex missed it the first time around, and it was the BEST EVER. But don't think I'm blaming Alex for any of these choices, because I am fully accountable for this selection of saved shows.
HOWEVER. I went out to the big-screen in the living room to check "his" TV and the TiVo menu there, and at first I was disappointed, because other than football games, he hasn't been recording out there. (Bless his little heart, he likes being with his wife, so if I'm wadded up in bed watching TV, which I have been for the last, oh, SIX MONTHS, he's right here with me. Isn't that sweet? Except for football days, on which he is banished to the living room because he hollers. Loudly, and ALL OF A SUDDEN. My life expectancy is short enough already, thank you.) And when I scrolled down past the sporting events and a few episodes of "Deadwood," I was rewarded with this page, from the last season, which for some reason really cracked me up:My tough-guy husband is a sci-fi geek. Hee-hee. There are also, at the very bottom of this menu, several hours' worth of original "Star Trek" and "The Andy Griffith Show" episodes. He's an enigma, is that man. But I've long ago resigned myself to his love of those shows, and in fact, even began this blog with a Star Trek anecdote.
NOW--I realize that not everyone is a slave to the idiot-box, nor has, or wants, a DVR (or even a television, for that matter), so I'm offering an alternative challenge...and I KNOW you have a refrigerator. Skip the freezer compartment; we'll save that for another time. Same assignment:: Go fling it open, and get a snapshot. Look--mine's not even clean!Nope, not a fresh green vegetable in sight (there are FROZEN ones, though, I swear), but those onions! Alex bought those onions, and they must have come from the "produce the size of your head" section. The people who stocked this refrigerator, these are the kind of people who probably watch "Wife Swap." Click the image for the fascinating details, and send or post your own snapshots. The world wants to know what you eat and watch...or if you're one of those weirdos who keep batteries in the refrigerator! (This is the part where you pretend that this whole concept is kitschy, fun, and interesting, and NOT at all stupid, desperate and boring.) Again, email@example.com, or posted on your own site, with linkage here in the comments, OR best of all, join the flickr group, I DARE YOU!.