As kids we knew how to play. Using our imaginations and letting ourselves go was easy. Do you remember those days? As adults we get caught … [Read More...]
I’m going to the land down under…where people eat a disgusting spread called Vegemite and everyone is everyone’s mate and we get to put a shrimpie on the Barbie. Yep…I’m going to the land of OZ…but not the Wizard of Oz no instant red shoe clicking to get me there… how I wish! I’m finally getting a chance to visit Australia! I’ve wanted to go for so long and now in the Fall I will finally have the chance.
What I am NOT excited about is the hours and hours and hours that will be spent on an airplane. We are going to take a pit stop in Hawaii both going and coming back but I’m still freaking out about being in a plane for over 12 hours. It’s crazy for someone who took airline steward training and was a stewardess for all of about a week… Just the thought of being in a confined area for that amount of time is getting me worried. I have a feeling I’ll get to about the 6 hour mark and then go crazy and start ripping off my clothes trying to open a window. The worst part is that I simply cannot sleep on a plane sitting up. I’ve tried…I can’t do it. I’m thinking maybe one of those blow up travel pillows…they look so uncomfortable though. Like a neck brace on steroids. Maybe some really good sleep meds are what I need. That way I can be like one of those sleep anywhere people, completely oblivious to anyone around them, mouths hanging open, drool dripping down one side of their chin, pug snores escaping intermittently and then a skittish leg spasm kicking under the seat in front of me jarring the big guy awake out of his "fantasy " dream so he wants to basically make my flight living hell from that time forward. What me?….a worrywart?….never….now what was I saying about being EXCITED????
Okay I’m a food show junkie. I can never get enough of someone like Jamie Oliver showing me just how to cook an "easy peezy" meal. Never mind that he is funny, charming and cute…the guy can COOK! Need I say more? Yes…there are lots of reasons to watch cooking shows ; – P! I’ve watched The Naked Chef, The Surreal Chef, Bobby Flay, Barefoot Contessa, Chef at Home, Chef at Large, Nigella Bites, Iron Chef…you name it. So it seemed natural that I would be attracted to the series "Hell’s Kitchen" with chef Gordon Ramsay. I’d seen how well, how should I put it, how totally mean and awful the guy could be on an English program called "Who’s Coming to Dinner" that featured celebrity chefs that came to your house to show you how to cook a meal. At that time I didn’t know who he was, but he stuck in my head since he was calling the poor guy on the show every name in the book and was just plain nasty. Flash forward a few years and he is ultra popular and the star of Hell’s Kitchen where he is basically the meanest drill Sergent of the kitchen I have ever seen. Given the fact that he is very skilled in the kitchen I like to try to overlook his obvious flair for being the over dramatic scream queen of the kitchen and just look at it as entertainment. He "trains" sous chefs that are willing to put up with his incessant insults, yelling and humiliation just so that they can get a chance to have their own restaurant and be around the bully 24/7 (are they nuts?) Let’s just say…he is no Jamie Oliver.
This past week I have to say that I think he finally went too far. He actually made a very rude comment to a woman who was a guest eating that the restaurant on the show. The comment was about woman’s breasts! Like WHAT????? What does that have to do with the kitchen? I was stunned. So was the woman on the show since she decided to pick up a plate and toss in on the floor, food and all. I have to say I applauded her. Just who does that guy think he is? Okay it’s a show but REALLY…would he have said the same thing had it been a man there with a large chest? "Excuse me Monsieur…your very large strong masculine lean chest is blocking my view!" The obvious sexist chauvinist remark is a disgusting commentary on what has become acceptable in today’s society and an extension of just how far a chauvinist PIG can succeed and continue to behave that way in the year 2006. Riveting TV or shock value. Who knows? All I know is that So You Think You Can Dance is on tonight and I’ll be there watching…oh did I mention…I’m hooked on that reality show too?