Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Bachelor and a Give Away

I have persisted in watching The Bachelor even though I hate it because Christian keeps turning it on and I keep watching it. What's another TWO hours, right? The last time I wrote about The Bachelor someone encouraged me to vote against it by not watching it. I agree with this in theory--then again: Arrested Development. Then again: Lone Star. Then again: Two and a Half Men apparently thrives even though I have never watched it. I rest my case.

Last night Brad enchanted us with his principled stand against cheating. He has never cheated. He has NEVER cheated. He has a lot of integrity. I guess I just thought I saw him kissing five or so girls in 45 or so minutes last night and urging one of them to put it all on the line for him even though he went ahead and sent her home in the next rose ceremony. Brad feels strongly that the women should not hold back or try not to get hurt or maintain any shred of dignity--all while handily dismissing all the widest girls within the first three weeks. Impressive!

But you can't give Brad all the credit--I'm sure the producers have something to do with it. And I think they are the masterminds behind such dates as oceanophobe walking on ocean floor and (coming up next week) putting the girl with a dead race car-driving-fiance into a--wait for it--race car. After putting the same girl whose fiance died in a plane crash into a--wait for it--plane. If Anne Frank were on the bachelor I'm pretty sure Brad would take her on a date to a cramped attic.

It's all so exciting. Speaking of exciting, I've got a a $75 Give Away for you. You can use it on an Eames lounge chair, if you'd like.  Please vote with your presence by leaving a comment. Let's make this the Two and a Half Men of give aways!

38 comments:

  1. Sadly, I found myself watching the Bachelor last night with my husband and two teen boys. I was starting to feel guilty enough to change the channel when my boys starting making fun of it so much we couldn't stop laughing. The oldest decided the producers give out a bonus for every crazy thing the girls do, so he kept saying "600 bucks to interupt one on one time" and a girl would magically do it "1000 bucks to dramatically storm out right before the rose ceremony" and there goes a girl. It was awesome.

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  2. Umm . . . are you saying that Arrested Development is like Two and a Half Men? Please elaborate, because I think we might be in a blood feud now.

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  3. I'm saying Arrested Development got canceled even though I watched it and 2 1/2 Men persists (unfortunately) even though I have never watched it. The world is topsy turvey.

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  4. Phew! No blood feud. Carry on.

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  5. I also thought you were comparing Arrested Development to Two and a Half Men and was very confused with your television taste level. So I'm glad you cleared that up. I'm a lurker that would love to win a prize. Pick me!

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  6. just ignoring these shows doesn't seem to have any REAL effect on getting them off the air...too bad there isn't a "Delete" button on the tv :)

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  7. Kacy, I feel your pain. I feel your pain.

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  8. I find myself hooked on the show...because of you! Im still trying to figure out who the ex wife is. If its Michelle, is she really that crazy in "real" life?!? Yes he is very "classy" with all that kissing.

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  9. I miss Arrested Development. It's so sad.

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  10. I wasn't going to watch the Bachelor this time because they never stay together....but, I catch at least 45 minutes every week. :(

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  11. I'm a lurker. Love your blog. The Bachelor is definitely one of those "I-hate-to-look-but-I-just have to" shows. It's right up there with The Real Housewives of Whatever. Thank you for your "reality" blog. You write what life really is instead of painting an oh-so-perfect picture that most Mormon mommy bloggers portray, which has become what I believe, competitive--I don't compete. I can see that you don't either. And I like t.v. too.

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  12. I'm relieved at the Layne/Kacy exchange!

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  13. You know what I do for entertainment? I watch a guy make out with five different girls within an hour. For some reason everyone's in a skank swimsuit and tongues are definitely involved. I have to watch every week just to see who's gonna makeout. WHO!?

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  14. It makes me sad than anyone would think for even a second that I like Two and a Half Men.

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  15. My favorite part was when the therapist basically gave him the validation and go-ahead to be Captain Perv. Thanks, Doc! Now we have to watch it!

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  16. I also was confused into thinking you watched 2.5 men. Can we all agree that Modern Family helps us not miss Arrested Development as much? Did I win the money?

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  17. Listen, unless you have a Nielsen box or watch online, no one knows what you're watching, so voting by not watching is hogwash. Sometimes you're just in that guilty pleasure mood, right? What's most upsetting to me about the Bachelor is that the icky thing is still on after all these years, with no significant change in the format -- what does that say about America? It's just the same thing over and over again. Why don't they just show the re-runs? Yikes.

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  18. Ahhh The Bachelor.. I must say, the only reason I watch is to laugh at some of the things they do... (ie flying in the plane, and driving race cars... who thinks that's a good idea?! Helloooo?!) and because it's the only channel we get, but in reality, we all know REAL relationships don't start this way. It's illogical to think that the people are actually going to stay together. Yes, there have been a couple of successful relationships from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette (Please let Alli and Roberto make it! They make such a lovely couple!), but it's the exception, not the norm.

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  19. I think "The Bachelor" is blocked on our TV. Unless they want to mash it with Bear Grylls or staged with cage fighters I just don't see it being viewed at my house.

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  20. Anonymous10:00 AM

    In defense of The Bachelor:
    Yes, in general the bachelors are NOT very interesting people. Three years of therapy did not help his personality. BUT it's not about "The Bachelor"
    It's a journey ya see. A journey to find love. (Yes I've partaken of the Kool aid & it's good!) In theory it's an interesting social experiment. Give a guy (Rich & Handsome) 30 incredibly attractive women and see what happens. What's not to watch? Then again I'm easily amused.

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  21. thanks. Now I have to watch The Bachelor. I am now that intrigued thanks to your posts about it. Haha. I will, in your honor watch it with a smirk of disgust and regret. Your blog is awesome and I am so glad to be reading it!

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  22. "If Anne Frank were on the bachelor I'm pretty sure Brad would take her on a date to a cramped attic. "

    lolol. So true.

    I was confused at you talking bout AD and Two and a half men in the same sentence as well. Glad for the clarification.

    I agree with all you say in the post but the bottom line is that B-rad is a major dream boat and I just can't stay mad at him for more than a minute. I'll be mad about something, then they do another hot tub or shower scene and I see those pecs, and then we're not in a fight anymore.

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  23. I was totally on the same page as you with Arrested Development and Two and a Half Men. And although I have only seen the parts of The Bachelor that end up on The Soup, so I really don't know what kind of shenanigans Brad is up to with these "ladies." I must say I never thought that his decision to not choose someone from his first season was so awful. If he didn't love them I think it was much better to not propose to one of them. So he seemed like the most sane bachelor, until he came back.

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  24. I'm with Staci. I would totally watch the bachelor if bear grylls was the star. And he made his dates do gross pseudo- survivor stuff like take bites out of raw snakes.

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  25. I'm still getting over the demise of My So-Called Life. Loved that show!

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  26. Amen girl! I have not watched 2 1/2 Men, yet find myself addicted to The Bachelor. Michelle is off her rocker, wicked, crAzY, and needs to be sent home. And as for Anne Frank, yes their date would be some crAzY romantic attic fiasco. No-one has mentioned how Brad constantly uses the same phrases over and over and over and over like... 'I truly do appreciate all of you', 'if this isn't right, then I would hope you would leave because I am here for the right reasons', 'I couldn't do this if it weren't for my therapist', 'my therapist is comeing over to discuss...'. I could go on and on and on. GAG

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  27. I was definitely never confused about you liking 2 1/2 men. Yuck. I like giveaways and I like Herman Miller Eames lounge chairs. I also am a huge suck up.

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  28. I'm with you on that whole Arrested Development vs Two and a Half Men. Everyone I know watched AD and I don't ever hear anyone among my acquaintance quoting the other. Crazy world. I must need more acquaintances or something.

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  29. I'm glad you're watching the bachelor just so I can get a real person's take on the show. I haven't watched it since Deanna let Graham go because he wasn't willing to move faster several seasons ago, but you're keeping me caught up in the best possible way.

    And who wouldn't want an Eames chair?

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  30. I vote that anyone who mentioned never watching The Bachelor should automatically be eliminated from the giveaway. Hear me on this one-how can righteous indignation flourish if someone doesn't watch? really people.

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  31. I'm also a lurker, who thinks your blog is a riot.
    Anyway, I haven't been able to watch any of the Bachelor/Bachelorette shows ever since I last watched the Bachelorette featuring Jillian. Ed's short-shorts (I think I may have even referred to them as "panties") that he wore in Hawaii scarred me for life. Lime green AND microscopic? No thanks, not the pants I'd like to see my man wear!

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  32. Um. I don't watch the Bachelor. Which is surprising because I watch every other reality show. Anyway, I'm glad you have this blog. I really enjoyed your article in Parents about cleaning so I Googled you! This is fun!

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  33. I've never watched the Bachelor.

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  34. I want to win 75 dollars!

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  35. My husband LOVES the Bachelor. Before you think this is some kind of polygamist fantasy, let me say that my husband loves social awkwardness. And let's be clear: The Bachelor is a never ending cesspool of social awkwardness.

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  36. I have never watched The Bachelor, but I used to watch the Real World back in the 90's, back when Puck was on the show. Sometimes I watch that show about the Duggars. That is the extent of my Reality TV viewing.
    For some reason I never watched Arrested Development when it originally aired, I'm pretty sure I was too busy watching Alias or something with my girlfriends. A few summers ago, my husband and I watched Arrested Development in it's entirety and couldn't believe what we had missed. What a Gem!

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  37. Phew! I came back to see who won the giveaway and learned that you do not in fact watch Two and a Half Men and you weren't saying it was as good as Arrested Development. Sorry I didn't read carefully enough. That really scared me for a minute.

    Also I found out that you wrote that cleaning article in Parents magazine. I get Parents magazine and when I read that I thought, "If this girl wrote all the articles I might actually like this magazine and keep subscribing to it." I didn't know it was you! (not that I know you) I feel like a weird stalker now. Just thanks for writing a blog that makes me laugh.

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  38. Quite right! I think, what is it good idea.

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