When I was working, I didn't really watch much TV. My viewing was limited to mostly Bravo TV Housewives (pick a city) and HBO Series (Deadwood, Rome, True Blood and Game of Thrones). Mostly because they reran them quickly so if I missed an episode, I could catch up without much effort. But I didn't watch much else. After a long day at work and hours of commuting, I was lucky if I could stay awake through dinner.
With more time on my hands now, I have discovered that my cable gives me about 500 gazillion channels. I have a veritable smorgasborg of entertainment at my fingertips.
So, I'm flipping through the channels and I happened upon NatGeoTV.
Oh. Em. Gee.
Check this out:
Rocket City Rednecks.
These are a group of friends in Huntsville, AL who actually are rocket scientists. On the weekends, they get together and "experiment." In the episodes I watched, they retrofitted an old RV for a simulated manned mission to Mars (complete with a distillation system to convert Pee to drinking water), they invented lightweight vehicle armor using beer cans and duct tape, and built a homemade Radio Telescope out of abandoned dish satellites and backyard junk.
It's like MacGuyver on steroids.
And those scary animal shows get my brain working overtime.
|The Connecticut Python|
Me: There's a python in our front yard.
Sparky: There are no pythons in Connecticut.
Me: Look in the front yard!
Sparky: That's a branch. You need to stop watching TV.
Me: They are invading the Everglades! Eating alligators and cars! It's only a matter of time before they reach New England.
Sparky: Pythons are tropical reptiles. It's too cold for them in New England.
Me: Global warming, baby. It's happening. We better be ready. Just sayin'.
Then there's The Dog Whisperer.
Love me some Cesar Milan. He now has a rehab for dogs with psychological issues. 'Nuff said.
Now there's a new show.
Folks preparing for the end of the world. Only thing is, no two of them can agree on how that end will happen. Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Nuclear Bombs, Global Warming, Civil Unrest... the list goes on. Not only does the show highlight how these peeps are preparing for the end, but experts give their opinions on how effective their efforts will be if the end does come.
Now THAT is reality TV.
I'm watching... and I'm taking notes.