Sunday, November 23, 2008

Is There a G?

Sick at home as a child, my choices for TV viewing were limited. Being a kid back in the olden days, the offerings during the daytime were pretty slim for kids. Soap operas, talk shows a la Merv or Mike Douglas, or game shows were it. See how easy it was to pick game shows? That's where I first learned of "The Price is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal." I sucked at both.

There were only two game shows I watched with any regularity in normal times: "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy." "Wheel" was just too easy for me, and I would curse the often-idiotic contestants. "Why would you buy a vowel, you idiot? Can't you see the answer without a stupid 'A'?"

"Jeopardy" was my secret pleasure. I was good. Damn good. Save for the fact I was only 8 or 11 or 13, I coulda been a contender. Fast forward too many years to admit. Either I have gotten remarkably dumber or the questions have gotten remarkably harder. I concede that childbirth has shaved off many brain cells. I'll even concede that my teen and college years of partaking in, ahem, illegal substances shaved off quite a few, too. But the questions today -- or, shall I say, the answers today -- are too much for me.

Were I picked to be a contestant on "Jeopardy" today, I'd go down in flames and shame. Thankfully, there's always "Wheel of Fortune." And I won't embarrass myself by buying a vowel for NO REASON!

[The Parent Bloggers Network has a very cool contest going with that has the winner getting a chance to "come on down" to the site and pick out for free five in-stock items at I've been looking over the merchandise, and I can easily find loads and loads of gifts. And all of them are for me!]


Tara R. said...

I remember Mike Douglas. I used to watch his talk show long before Phil, Oprah or Dr. Phil. wow... that was long time ago.

(p.s. I have something for you over at my place)

Maggie May said...

i used to watch Jepoardy in middle school and think i was good and now i can't even spell it!@@

Momisodes said...

I loved watching The Price is Right. I sat on the cough with my grandma almost everyday watching!

I have to agree with you. I was much better at Jeopardy years ago....pre-motherhood.

Janet said...

I used to love Mike Douglas, although the only interview I remember was Linda Blair talking about her role in the Exorcist and the thing they used to make her throw up the pea soup. I was 12, and I was grossed out for days. (I don't do bodily functions well.)
We used to watch Match Game a lot. I loved Jeopardy. We haven't had tv for several years now, so I don't see it anymore, therefore am spared the pain of my encroaching stupidity.

D... said...

It always annoys me when they waste "their" money on buying a vowel. Why? WHY?!

Jillie Bean (AKA Bubba's Sis) said...

What IS with the vowel buying?? I am always amazed at that, myself. So I yell at them. And the kids say, "Mom, they can't hear you." And I say, "That's because they're STUPID!"

I loved Price Is Right - with Bob Barker. One time I was watching it and a lady contestant fainted! Ha!


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