Saturday, April 28, 2007

Longing to return to Paris

I've been watching the 1,000 Places To See Before You Die series on the Travel Channel, and the most recent one was on France. I have to return to Paris to visit Montmartre; it's the one spot I didn't get to see that was the main location in Amelie, on of my most favorite films ever. My neighbor recently went there and I asked her to go to a store we went to on the Left Bank to get me a couple of things, I was so excited when she returned.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

WE Channel Should be ME Channel (but not about me personally)

In a rare moment of downtime, I sat on my couch and did a little channel surfing. I stumbled onto the WE Channel, which was showing back to back episodes of a program called The Secret Lives of Women...sounded intriguing enough.

The first one was on swingers-all women were in charge of coordinating the swap parties, all from California. Strangely enough, the men had hardly any say in this show. The second one was on the porn industry-almost all California (one married actress was from Long Island, who seemed genuinely sad at the fact that she never made it as a ballerina, with children, seemed to have the most remotely 'normal' life...given the fact that she's in porn)...the next one was on plastic surgery addicts, from , you guessed it, poor guy was selling his famly's dream home to pay for his wife's obscene plastic surgery bills...the next one was on shopaholics, women who aren't working or who are hardly working filing bankruptcy and racking up thousands in debt while shopping, for many items they don't even use once.

This was like watching a train wreck. I couldn't stop watching it, but these women's selfish appetite for destruction was disgusting. They were all so self-absorbed. I thought the show might suggest how these women are empowered, but they are truly the weakest links, and their husbands/partners aren't far behind, bankrolling their vices.