September 24, 2009

Painful Moments in Television.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:47 pm


I watch just about zero network television. There is, however, one exception. I often watch Jeopardy. I usually do pretty well, unless the categories include Geography (Damned if I know any rivers in Bulgaria) or the Bible (Mathew, Mark and Jack?). It provides a bit of dinner time brain exercise.


The one part of the program that makes my hair hurt is when Alex chats with the contestants. That is some seriously cringeworthy stuff. The following examples are typical:

Alex: Contestant No. 1, Mary Gibbelruth, our grammar school teacher from Denver, Colorado, it says here that you had a frightening experience traveling to Los Angeles to appear on Jeopardy. Tell us about it.

Mary Gibbelruth:Well Alex, my husband and I were in the Denver Airport and we were seated by the gate waiting for the flight, and it was difficult to hear what the airline person at the desk was saying into the microphone.

Alex: Wow, that’s quite something. Did you miss your flight?

Contestant No. 1: No, but it was really weird … are really scary.

Alex: Wow, I’ll say. Now we have Contestant No. 2, Edgar Schmidtbutt, a parking valet from Miami, Florida. Edgar, I understand you have an interesting hobby.

Contestant No. 2: Yes, Alex. I collect coins.

Alex: Ah, a numismatist. Fascinating. How many coins are in your collection?

Contestant No. 2: Three.

Alex: You only have three coins in your collection?

Contestant No. 2: I just started.

Alex: Very interesting. Finally, we have Contestant No. 3, Marilyn Peckwith, a librarian from Little Rock, Arkansas and our current Jeopardy Champion. It says here that you had a bizarre experience on your honeymoon. What happened?

Contestant No. 3: Well, Alex, my husband and I were staying at this really fancy hotel in Bermuda, and we went to the dining room for breakfast. I ordered scrambled eggs and he ordered pancakes. When the waitress brought our breakfast, she gave me the pancakes and him the scrambled eggs. We looked at each other not sure what to do, and I decided to tell the waitress that she gave me his breakfast and gave him my breakfast. The waitress said, “I guess I have to do the switcheroo” and she switched our plates around so that I got my scrambled eggs, and he got his pancakes. It was pretty wild.

Alex: Bizarre, indeed.

It’s farookin’ painful. Can I get an amen?


  1. Amen to that.

    The turn the honeymoon story took an unexpected turn, though, at least for me.

    Comment by Craig — September 24, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

  2. Yes, you can Jimbo. AMEN!

    Comment by Bill — September 24, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

  3. Geez. I wish MY life was such that these were all I had to deal with…

    Comment by Dave Merriman — September 24, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

  4. AMEN!

    Comment by Adie — September 25, 2009 @ 6:37 am

  5. There was once a guy on Jeopardy a bunch of years back whose hobby was collecting those little white plastic thingies that are shaped like tiny tables and hold all the slices of pizza together at the points. His collection, I recall him saying, numbered in the thousands. That one guy always stuck in my mind over the years and I think I was just looking for blogs to be invented so I could find the perfect post to unload that important information on, because it is so very vital to the furtherance of humanity.

    Comment by Erica — September 25, 2009 @ 7:22 am

  6. Amen! I have not watched Jeopardy for years since I realized the chitchat was duller then Obama explaining anything.

    Comment by dudley1 — September 25, 2009 @ 7:44 am

  7. I wish Jeopardy didn’t have any contestants on it at all.

    Comment by Laura — September 25, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

  8. Dull as cat shit, another old southern saying.

    Comment by catfish — September 25, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

  9. 90% of breathers have no or almost no brain, except it.
    And all of them are voting.

    Comment by keeskennis — September 25, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

  10. accept

    Comment by keeskennis — September 25, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

  11. If I’m going to watch – I leave the room for this little interlude. So Amen!

    But after reading E’s comment, I’m wondering what I’ve missed over the years.

    Comment by Teresa — September 25, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

  12. Laura’s comment made me “LOL” — it really did. I feel a sense of relief sometimes, when I see other people have the same types of thoughts I do and dare to express them even over the peer pressure not to.

    Comment by dogette — September 25, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

  13. A-farookin-MEN

    Comment by GUYK — September 26, 2009 @ 6:20 am

  14. Seriously?? That was for real?? Good grief…

    Comment by Richmond — September 26, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

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