April 24, 2008


A Love/Hate Thing

Something I love: Last night, two little Sparks showed up to sell us Girl Guide Cookies. Sparks are baby Girl Guides. 5 & 6 years old. We had two little darlings show up, their cookie cases banging against their little legs. I handed over the money for two boxes (one from each), and told them I had two boys who loved these cookies. I told one little Spark that I had a boy 'this big' (stretched my arm up high) who really loved them. She looked at me for a moment, then said 'I think you should buy an extra box for your big boy'.

I bought another box. And told her I wanted her resume.


Something I hate: Again, the weather guy on the news I watch. I watch a Toronto news station. Just now, Weatherboy gives the forecast, and as he actually starts to tell me something beyond what I can figure out myself my sticking my hand out the window, he actually says "but, wait, I don't want to give anything away..."

IT'S YOUR FRICKING JOB TO 'GIVE SOMETHING AWAY'. YOU ARE GIVING US THE WEATHER FORECAST. YOU ARE NOT HOWIE MANDELL OR RYAN SEACREST. YOUR JOB IS NOT TO BUILD ANTICIPATION. YOUR JOB IS TO REPORT THE WEATHER. PRECIPITATION, NOT ANTICIPATION. GET IT???

Fume. The weather is basic. It's hot, it's cold, it's dry, it's wet. It's going to get hotter, colder, drier, wetter. Get to it. And while we're at it, how about the anchors quit falling all over themselves thanking each other for doing their job. You're polite. We get it. But save the effusive thanks for awards night. My current station features talking heads who spend more time chit chatting than news reading. Maybe they shouldn't be my current station anymore.

The problem? I switched to them when my last current station hired an anchor who could not for the life of her pronounce any name that wasn't her own. It was so disjuncted and annoying, I gave up. Seriously. It was like a four year old learning to read, which I have infinite patience for. Unless they're reading the news on a major station.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weather forcasters. Nice job, wrong 99.9% of the time and YET keep a job. We should adopt the Russian way of thinking of a couple years ago, if they are wrong about the weather, they jail them. That will straighten it all out BUT wait, it's our justice system I am talking about, isn't it? Na, forget it. Take care Lorraine...

April 27, 2008 9:10 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

But wait... there's more...!

What about newscasters doing promos for their late evening broadcast who state with great sincerity,"Do you know that the dish soap you use could cause the hair below your knees to fall out in clumps? Tune in at eleven and we'll reveal the awful brand!"

Will we avoid doing the evening dishes until we stay up beyond our bedtime to have the "truth" revealed at 11.29pm? Dare we sleep for fear of follicle foibles?

Please...

Say what?

Why not have Weather Boy and Talking Head duke it on on some greasy telephone pole like they do on American Gladiators? Now that's a reality television premise that even I might consider watching!

April 27, 2008 7:34 PM  

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