Thursday, January 14, 2010

Every Show a Style Show

BBBH and I frequently sit next to each other reading or watching tv. By 'reading' I mean surfing the web, in my case, or actually holding a book in her hand in the case of Beautiful.

Who controls the remote is not an issue, for if it resides beside me and the Companion objects to the show I've selected, I of course, de-select it. If her selection is HGTV, which it likely will be, I have the choice of watching it or leaving the room. I am not a wimp; I am a loving and devoted husband.

So, to the point. Every show is a style show, for BBBH WATCHES everything, whereas I tend to try to hear the dialogue and follow the "story line," if there is one. She notices, in order 1) hairstyles, 2) clothing, and 3) set design. Apparently, everything else is irrelevant, though I will never understand how it is that six months later when the same show comes on as a repeat, it is "new" to me, but she knows every detail, including the outcome of the story.

But, that she observes the things that are important to her is not my problem. The difficulty arises from her incessant scintillating running commentary. "What a horrid haircut." "That's a cute (shirt, skirt, scarf)," whatever. "What is she thinking?" "Nobody would wear that to the office." "That's just (stupid, ridiculous, unflattering, so nineties)," you choose; or, "Really cute!" 'Cute' gets a lot of play. So does, "That's the ugliest thing I ever saw."

A wave of my hand to indicate I'd like her to be quiet is one of the worst mistakes I ever made. And once was enough. One time I tried the line, "I really appreciate that the writers throw in a lot of nonessential dialogue so that missing some of it doesn't interfere with my ability to follow the plot." I only did that once, too. I'm not stupid apparently not as smart as I think I am. Nor am I a glutton for punishment. But I'll get mine if she happens upon this post, heaven forbid.


Silver said...

Thks David. I have enjoyed reading your blog and hope to check in when i can!

God bless!


JennyMac said...

The difficulty arises from her incessant scintillating running commentaryHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAA

You have just identified a plague in virtually 90% of households. Mine included. LOL.

vanilla said...

Thank you, Felicia. Vaya con Dios.

Comforting words, JennyMac. I am not alone! If indeed misery loves company, it is surely because we can commiserate with one another.

btw, BBBH did read this post. She thought it funny. Go figure.

Burukutuk said...

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Really love it

Keep blogging

vanilla said...

Burukutuk: Thanks. Appreciate the visit and the comment. Please come again!

Lin said...

I'm sorry, but I would have to kill her. I hate when folks talk when I'm watching TV or a movie. Let's turn it off if you want to chat. Sheesh.

vanilla said...

Sorry, Lin, that the tale provoked such animosity in you.
Not that you are wrong about turning it off to chat. ;)

But she so makes up for it in so many other ways.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Too funny! We are both quiet while watching TV, but the battle is over the volume of the set. Hubby is clearly going deaf, and I will be soon at the volumes he likes!

vanilla said...

Sharkbytes, we know the hearing thing, too. Why do the guys lose it first? No, David, don't go there.