Saturday, April 30, 2011
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I’m finding myself watching more TV lately than I have in a long time. I’ve had a lot of monkey work to do like sorting through my seemingly endless stack of boxes from when I moved, so I’ve been putting the TV on as background noise to help ease the boredom.
I’ve been watching the History Channel and getting into shows like ‘American Pickers’ and ‘Pawn Stars’. The first one is where two guys from Iowa scour the backwoods of the nation in a van looking for antiques and collectibles to resell at their shop. It’s addicting.
It goes perfectly with the second one, which is about a family who owns a pawn shop in Las Vegas and people bring in all kinds of oddball stuff trying to sell it for big bucks. It’s fast moving and well put together, as is American Pickers. Both are on Monday evenings, usually accompanied by past episodes of each show. It’s a night of cheap entertainment.
There’s also a show on A & E called ‘Storage Wars’ where people bid on storage units full of stuff that has been abandoned by those who stored it. Believe it or not, I really like that one too. None of these shows take up much attention, and they’re all very watchable.
I think it strikes the same nerve in everyone The Antiques Road Show does. It’s the big hope we all have inside that we can basically get something for nothing. We find a trinket in our garage or at someone else’s rummage sale, and hope to sell it at a ridiculous profit.
Gambling is the same thing. Everyone dreams of dropping a couple of coins into a slot machine and hitting a major jackpot. Whether it’s unrealistic or not, it keeps us returning. These shows are capturing that spirit and energy, and I bet they’re putting a big time dent into the primie time programming of the networks. Mondays sure do have me hooked.
It’s a treasure hunting thing. It brings out the adventurer in us all, and then at the end of the show it fits nicely back into the drawer in our minds where we store it. It’s an escape. How many people would really be willing to go out there and do what it takes to actually live that lifestyle? I’m sure it’s a lot harder than it looks, and those guys deserve to make a profit. Both hunting for the actual stuff or owning the shop to sell it come with a price.
Another show which has caught my attention is ‘Hoarders’. I’m not even sure that’s the official title, but a lot of people have seen it because I hear a lot of people talking about it.
It’s kind of depressing in a way, but I keep watching it whenever it’s on. And it’s on a lot.
I wonder what the attraction of this show is? Maybe we’re all closet hoarders or at least we’ve known one. Most of my family had that disease to a point, even though it was then known as being a ‘pack rat’. Then, they die and the family has to shovel out all the mess.
Maybe we could solve everyone’s problems by having the American Pickers visit a few hoarders and pay them for anything that may be worth something, then go resell it. Maybe not. Maybe I should finish sorting my own hoard so I can turn off the TV and get a life.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Well, here’s another pain in the groinal region I didn’t expect. Losing my phone contact list is turning out to be a bigger deal than I first thought. Why they couldn’t get the list off of my other phone is beyond me, but so is most of the rest of technology. I’m a dumb ass.
It hit me head on and hard today that I’ll have to rebuild my entire list of contacts from the ground up. That’s a big task, and one I wasn’t planning on but I have no choice. This is my life blood in the entertainment business, and I’m going to either rebuild it or starve.
I thought I had it backed up already, but I guess I didn’t. There was apparently a way to protect everything via wireless backup, but I didn’t have that on my phone plan. It’s kind of like getting into a car accident and finding out what isn’t covered. Too late by then.
It is what it is. I know I’m not the first person to lose all contact numbers and I won’t be the last. I’ve had a lifetime of lost notebooks and computers and wallets and documents I was never able to replace so I’m used to it by now. I’ll just have to watch my back better.
Who can do everything that needs to be done? I sure can’t. Damn, I’m overwhelmed on all sides as it is. Now out of the blue I get all my contacts taken away? That makes it even harder, but nobody else cares. They’ve got their own problems. I have to fix this myself.
I sure tried to give it a good start today, but didn‘t get very far. I farted around with my new phone and I felt like a kindergartener looking through a calculus book. I was about as over my head as Obama is running the country and I knew I had my work cut out for me.
I do have quite a few of my old contacts, and I sent out a mass mail explaining what my situation was and return emails started pouring in. I’ve gotten them from other people and know how it is. They just update the info and some I hadn’t heard from in a while said hi, so that was nice. It’s a super slow process loading names in the new phone, but I started.
I’m going to build myself a quality list of people I’m working with now, and I was very careful of who I chose to load in there to build that foundation. I looked over the contacts I did have, and picked the top fifty people that I think are the biggest positives in my life.
I narrowed those down to the top ten, and even though it took way longer than it should have, I loaded them in first. Then I did another ten after that of the best of the rest. This is a great way to build a contact list, and I know when it’s done it will be better than before.
There’s such limited time in life it’s impossible to hang with everyone as much as we’d like so I’m going to be very careful who I choose to associate with from now on. I wasted enough time on idiots, and here I sit with my education nowhere near where I want to be.
This is all part of life, and I choose to let this be both a learning experience and a way to improve myself by improving the quality of people I choose to associate with in my life.