Monday, May 19, 2014
Three days of rain, low clouds, and cold.
None of the work I had scheduled for outside got done. My wife says it won't matter to wait a week, but I told her we already waited a week, now this will be two unproductive weeks due to rain. She isn't concerned but then, she doesn't worry about things like maintenance anyway.
The Discovery Channel show I liked about people living in the American deserts is over. No Man's Land Season one was reasonably successful so I hope there will be a season two. On the other hand, I have stopped watching Dual Survival. As much as I like Cody Lundin, it's just getting too infantile. Whether all the childish behavior is real, or contrived by the producers, I don't need it. It reminds me too much of teaching 5th graders.
Tonight I watched Alaskan Bush People, off the grid. This is a reality show with this setting. Some 36 years ago, a man and his new wife headed into the bush, built a home, and started a family. Unfortunately, they were on public land and the feds eventually found them, seized their cabin, and burnt it. One might be inclined to doubt this scenario, but I have read in The Cold Man Cometh that this exact same thing happened to the author and his family.
So, the story goes, the Brown family headed further north, bought five acres, and are trying to relocate. Seems plausible to me. For one thing, although they seem like nice people, it's clear nobody has ever been near an orthodontist, and precious few visits to the dentist have been made. The family consists of the patriarch, the matriarch, five boys and two girls. The older girl would be quite attractive if she had been afforded decent dental care as a kid. Some of the boys are a bit quirky and I think there are some learning disabilities/ attention deficit disorders in there. They were all homeschooled by the mother, who is extremely articulate and seems to have had a good education somewhere in her past.
If you accept at face value that they were all raised in the bush, and that contacts with other people have been intermittent , that would explain a lot of the behavior.
I went to the Discovery Channel to see what else I could learn about these folks. Once I found the right web page, I was taken aback at how vehemently they are being attacked by people who don't like the show. "White Trash" is one of the kinder bits of name calling I saw there. I'd say they are different, but the people using that term clearly don't know what it means. People who work hard, keep their word, and stick together as a family are not "White Trash." It's a free country and I would think those people who were so derogatory about the show would simply not watch it anymore. I hope so, anyway.
One thing I didn't like about the program is this odd function they have where people email in comments which are posted on the screen during the show. I'm aggravated enough that television channels now feel compelled to put their logo's right across the bottom right of the screen after I pay for the programming. I certainly don't want to have to read "bobblehead32's" thoughts on the show as I'm watching it. I do not consider that progress.
The third show is on Tuesday night. The first two are replaying on Discovery Channel for the next two days at intervals. If you are at loose ends, it might be worth watching one and seeing what you think.