June 16th, 2011

Cat on coif

Randomosity on a Thursday

I must confess, I have become addicted to "American Pickers" and "Pawn Stars." It is, probably, the combination of historical artifacts and humor that does it for me. I am a sucker for comedy and history and these two shows really fulfill both.

Other shows that follow a similar trend are Auction Hunters, which follow folks that purchase abandoned storage units and scavenge for anyting of value, as well American Restoration which brings back to life historical, antique and vintage artifacts.

And speaking of Action Hunters, whenever I watch it I can't help but to think of my friend Roxy G. who is a storage auctioneer in Vegas. I can only imagine the sort of interesting (and occassionally bizarre) stuff she must come accross while doing business.

But I digress.

Like I said. I am fascinated by antique and vintage stuff and, at least in the case of American Pickers, it's very interesting to see how many of those objects are simply gathering dust or rotting in farms, warehouses, and random places. You have to wonder how many objects of historical significance may have been lost to abandonement, neglect, or sheer stupidity over time.

(And who collects paint and oil cans? Wow. Live and learn.)

In the case of American Pickers the owners of said objects are not stupid. They know exactly what they have (or most of them do). But I wonder what will happen to a lot of that stuff when those people die. Would the heirs know what to do with it? It's a lot of stuff. And I bet that a lot of it will end up being thrown away.

I am telling you. There is a reason why ancient city (or village) dumps are such a wonderful source for hidden treasure for archeologists. One person's garbage is indeed another person's treasure.

On the other hand, when I see all of those warehouses filled with random stuff collected by folks for decades, I have to wonder that if those same people had been approached by a different show, they would have probably ended in "Hoarders." That would have been a crying shame.

But hey, at least they are hoarding good stuff and preserving a bit of American history while they're at it. Let's hear it for the hoarders of history.

At any rate. With the success of American Pickers and Pawn Stars, a number of other shows have cropped up in other networks. For that matter, I attempted to watch "Pawn Queens" on TLC.

Man, it was as exciting as watching grass grow.

Add to that the fact that it followed the old TLC formula of "let's concentrate in the drama," and I didn't have the stomach to finish watching even episode one.


This "drama" obsession has also killed "LA Ink" for me. Similarly, I could not stomach the new "NY Ink." As much as I love tattoos and the art that goes into it, it was simply not for me.

Some people love to watch train wrecks. Me? Those kinds of train wrecks bore me to death.

And if anyone suggests "Toddlers and Tiaras," I will run away screaming.

I'd rather watch the recap in "The Soup" on Friday nights and get all of the laughs without any of the angst.

Besides, those kids and their parents are creepy.

~Belfebe out.