Just today, in my house:
Bella: "Mommy, I wish I was a little Japanese girl."
Me: "You wish you were a little Japanese girl?" (Sometimes the best I can do is repeat what I just heard from her, to stall for time while I try to figure out what's going on in that little 4-year-old head.)
Bella: "Yeah. Then I could be on that Japanese game. And I would climb to the TOP of that wall! And I would be ON T.V.!! If I was a little Japanese girl."
The preceding conversation is a direct result of the huge amount of "Ninja Warrior" tournaments we've been watching on G4. If you get this channel (and you might not know it if you do--I didn't, until I read an article about "Ninja Warrior" in Sports Illustrated, and looked for it), I am BEGGING you to watch "Ninja Warrior." I am hopelessly addicted. You can't watch it without becoming physically involved, either. You lean, dodge, jump, and grunt in a vain attempt to "help" the competitors through the course. "Ninja Warrior." It's a GOOD THING. The Japanese know how to make some compelling television. My Dad would have LOVED THIS SHOW, and I think that's one reason I like it, because I can totally channel him while I watch. I know exactly what he'd be saying, and when: "Oh, but here comes ol' Yamamoto the fireman...whoops, don't let your tail fly up, son!"
Our favorite competitor, once American Olympic decathlonist Paul Terek was taken down in stage two (as Alex said of Paul Terek, "Homeboy was just too darn big for all that spider-climbing"), as were gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm (eliminated in stage 2, that is, not "too big"), was crab fisherman Makoto Nagano, who is featured in the video here. We watched him through all three stages, over 3 days, and were just giddy when he actually won. He makes it look easy, but he was only the second, of over 2,000 competitors, to make it to the end and become "Ninja Warrior." In conclusion, go TiVo "Ninja Warrior." You won't be sorry.
Other moments that had me yelling, for various reasons (delight, horror, frustration, confusion), at my television set recently, were the following:
The "Cats Are Jerks" sketch from "Robot Chicken."
Start here (click on photo), and proceed leftward in the flickr series. Funny to me.
And then, my moment of frustration with BAD EDITING came courtesy of "Ugly Betty." I notice these kinds of things ALL the time in movies and television, but this one was particularly blatant.
Again, click photo and then proceed leftward. There are 10 frames in this series, I believe, but they're worth looking at. Ironically, this is the same sort of thing that kept irritating me about the movie "The Departed." Really. TERRIBLE editing in that film.
Now for my moment of sincere befuddlement and painful curiosity. Out of sheer desperation from nothing else being on (yeah, I know, I coulda read a book, for crying out loud), I was watching "Supernanny." Shut up. Like you never have. Anyway, this episode was about a single mom whose parents were helping to raise their grandkids. So when Supernanny Jo went to the grandparents' house, I could not help but notice a few examples of wall hangings being "blurred" out by ABC, which left me DYING to know what was depicted in those pictures!!
As always, click photo, then head to the left. There are only three photos for this one. And PLEASE tell me if you have anything better to offer than my husband, that these are giant depictions of Grandma and Grandpa exhibiting their "naughty spots." (HA HA! Supernanny inside joke!)
And finally, the television moment that made me squeal and squirm, courtesy, as always, of "24." I will never stop loving this show. Never.
The lesson here, kiddies, is that when Jack Bauer tells you that he is going to "...cut off one finger at a time, until you tell [him] what he wants to know..." BELIEVE HIM, and just start talking. Because he has a special finger-chopping guilloutine tool, which he CARRIES AROUND IN HIS SUIT POCKET. Right next to his hanky and spare change, I'm guessing.
That's all for now...update on my psychological health and our mini-vacation/birthday celebration last weekend to follow. Watch "Ninja Warrior." I command you.