Sunday, August 28, 2011

Searching for Entertainment

Please forgive the dreadful artwork. But, have you ever seen so many reporters being battered by the weather as we have this past weekend? Why in the world do they put themselves through all that?  I am always interested in watching the news of natural disasters, as long as they aren't happening here, because the reporters never fail to give me a good laugh, even in the midst of all that suffering..  I do wish the reporters had suppressed their disappointment when New Your City didn't get blown away. What will they talk about when "The View" returns?

At any rate, the Hurricane gave us all something to watch during a weekend full of nothing else on television. As much as I love NCIS, even I can no longer sit through a weekend full of reruns. You know you've watched the episodes too many times when you find yourself mouthing the dialogue with the actors and correcting their grammar and pronunciation.  I do wish, though, that they would stop pronouncing Norfolk "Norfuck". I suspect it's an inside joke, but I can do without hearing it.  

I do that with some movies, too. I watched Jaws and Jaws II so many times I started getting the dialogue mixed up. Who can forget "You're gonna need a bigger boat."  And, the Godfather movies?  They had some memorable, quotable phrases. Starting with "I believe in America" straight through to "Leave the gun. Take the canoli."  And so on.

I was reduced to watching "Angels and Demons" last night.  Tom Hanks, as Dr. Langdon, along with the obligatory female hottie scientest, have to hunt down a gizmo that is set to blow the Vatican to smithereens at midnight.  Surprise!  They succeed. And the characters kept their clothes on.

I have watched so much television lately because  I have been suffering from a lack of reading material.  I have scoured the free Kindle books, and have made a startling discovery.  Books that are offered for free or only a few dollars (under $5.00) are either mediocre at best or classics.  I have rediscovered Mary Roberts Rinehart and enjoy most of her books, but I'm running out of them, and to be honest, getting a little tired of them.  So, I'll have to bite the bullet and go back to my wish list and download some books I know I'll enjoy.

Maybe I'll find a book I'll want to review/recommend.

Stay tuned.


Grayquill said...

That's pretty good, the reporters and their disappointments. I do agree with you weather newscasters are the funniest. We get very little snow here and I could swear I saw one snow report once, where the assistant was throwing snow or maybe it was confetti, over the news lady during her report - pretty funny!

Olga said...

I had not considered the phonetic spelling of Norfolk--but that is the only way I've ever heard it pronounced. How would you pronounce it? It's true, we talk funny in Vermont.

Maria said...

Agreed! The best TV over the week-end was the reporting. What bothered me the most is that the reporters spent much time interviewing those who did not heed the warnings and the often mandatory evacuation notices. By doing this, they only encourage others to stay put in the next large storm which certainly proved hazardous in the past - think Katrina.

Kay Dennison said...

LOL Love the cartoon!!!

Kell said...

Unfortunately, that's how they pronounce Norfolk. When we were there for those 3 months, we were corrected very quickly if we pronounced it Nor-folk. If it's any consolation, we pronounce the same-named town Nor-folk here in NE.

Looking to the Stars said...

I'm with you, why do reporters put themselves in those positions.

TV bites, even the latest movies are lousy. I have 6 books on my bookstand. I am re reading Orson Scott Card's books and all 6 are his. I bought 4 new kindle books that are written by my friend Budo Von Stahl. He is a big 'Lord of The Rings' fan, so his books follow that theme. I have not been able to read them yet. So much to do, so little time,lol

take care:)

Betty said...

Grayquill: Years ago, there was a weatherman on one of our Little Rock channels who LOOOOOOOOVED tornado season. Whenever there was a tornado watch for L.R., he reported from the roof of the building. He just lived for those tornadoes and as far as I know, he was never able to capture one on camera.

Olga: Maybe they aren't trying to be funny, then. We talk funny here in Arkansas, too. lol

Maria: Those same people are on the news today, whining about not having water, power, etc. I'm not feeling too sorry for them.

Kay: Thanks.

Kelley: Hmmm. Nobody pronounces the "L," huh? I stand corrected by you and Olga.

Looking: I think it comes from the same gene that makes otherwise sensible men gleefully jump into their cars and trucks and try to drive after a big ice and snow storm. However, I did see one female weatherperson out in the gale. She didn't look too happy.

Dianne said...

I did appreciate the Mobile unit coverage during the storm - it let me know how so many friends and relatives were
as for the standing in the storm bit, that's just annoying at this point

thanks for checking in :)

hope you find something good to read

NitWit1 said...

I broke the storm coverage, reading a book I downloaded on Kindle, blogging and watching football.

This week I am going to be busy packing and other matters related to a vacation so won't be around to wart anybody.

Oh yes I lived in Virgina Beach near Norfolk. My Texanese made it NOR FOLK (difficult to say the least); then I moved to Arkansas and we have a town and lake named NORFORK. I try to not have to say either one.