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What’s Bugging Me

What’s Bugging Me
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As I start to write this article, I’m in the process of ‘prepping’ for my colonoscopy tomorrow morning.  This is REALLY bugging me!  They say you should get a colonoscopy when you turn 50 and then every few years after.  I got my first one after my 50th birthday and I’m now preparing for my second one.  If you haven’t done this (and you should) I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you how much ‘fun’ I’m having preparing.  Suffice it to say that with all the advances in medical science, you would think they would figure out a better way to clean out your colon.

I never thought I would be saying this but the Bravo network is bugging me.  I’m embarrassed to tell you that I used to love almost every show on it.  I watched Project Runway fanatically when it was first on Bravo.  I got hungry watching Top Chef every week.  I also loved The Real Housewives, whichever city they were in.  It was always fun seeing the fashions and lifestyles of the rich, even though some of them only pretended to be.  You generally found that out after the season was over and they declared bankruptcy.  Now, though, all the shows have evolved into women being catty and screaming at each other.  This started with the housewives in New Jersey (naturally:) and continued until it seems to have affected every franchise.  Somewhere at Bravo there must be men in charge who think that all women are catty, competitive and combative.  As a result of this, the women (or is it the way they are edited?) are constantly arguing, undermining each other and in some cases hitting each other.   This is actually an epidemic on all reality shows.  The worse behavior gets the most camera time.  As a result, my resolution for 2014 is not to watch the housewives anymore…..and I actually haven’t….until the New York housewives come on.

I watched my favorite show (now that I don’t watch Housewives) Fashion Police the other night.  They were doing the round up of fashions at last weeks Grammy Awards.  Did you happen to see Madonna?  Now let me just start this off by saying that I just love Madonna.  Back in the 80s I wanted to be her.  Also, I don’t have a problem with people trying to look their best.  Madonna, however, looked like her whole face had been botoxed.  She also had a grill in her mouth.  Grill? Really?  Isn’t that for 18 year old rappers?  The problem I have with all of this is that I would have thought that Madonna would have been bad-assed enough to age naturally or with just some minor tweaking from a good dermatologist, as Christie Brinkley would say.  It’s disappointing actually….and kind of unattractive.

I got an invitation the other day from a networking group I joined.  I try to avoid these types of groups because I can never think of something intellectually stimulating to say when I go to their meetings, but I kind of got roped into this one.  Anyway, they have monthly meetings and this month the speaker is an author who is also a ‘likeability expert.’  Now what do you think that is?  Also, what type of education do you think you need to become a likeability expert?  Is this someone who has been popular their whole life so they can give us some pointers or do you take an actual course in college for it?  It almost makes me want to go to the meeting just to see….if I could just think of something to say to people there.

I saw on the news last week that Congress was returning to work from vacation.  Hmmm….aren’t vacations for people who actually work hard?  While they were vacationing, thousands of the long-term unemployed lost their benefits.  I would have to say that maybe everyone in Congress should join them.

Well that’s what bugging me.  What’s bugging you?


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