Cafe Conversations| Budweiser 9 -11 Tribute Commercial

 

I went in search of this video after hearing people speak of this one time only commercial.

 Apparently it was shown one time during Super Bowl  XXXVI.  It was meant as a tribute.

 Nothing more.

 

 

Cafe Conversations | That Was The Week That Was

        Well!  Now that we have a new actor on Two and a Half Men, all is right with the world.  No, not really!  Wasn’t it a nice thought?  Everyone is still talking about Charlie Sheen.  Why? This among many things have really been bothering me.  Such as, Dating, TV Programming, High Schoolers doing things to warrant lots of attention, celebrity interviews and so on.  So, can we talk!

Ashton Kutcher Ready for Prime Time

         So here comes Ashton Kutcher to hopefully solve the CBS sitcom blues.  And, if we are lucky enough, we shall not hear from Mr Tiger Blood and his Pornettes ever again.  The media has given him enough press and air time to last a century.  I have only seen a few  Two and a Half Men over the years.  Never really liked the show.  If the new shows  with Ashton have decent scripts,  I might tune in.

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Dating 

        Found a story about a couple in their 90’s who had met once again long after a first date.  This couple fell in love and recently became husband and wife.  Awe!  I know!  Sweet, right?     

        Then,  I look on my friends Facebook page and I see that her son has listed his status as “in a relationship.”  He’s 11.  

         My sister-in-law is on her 3rd marriage.  That’s ok!    An ex-coworker is juggling 3 men at the same time.  Good Luck!    The singer John Mayer has dated every girl and  woman  in the world.  Almost!    Even Arnold Schwarzenegger is married and uh, uh dates?  I need to get out more.

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TV

        Time for the TV Networks to clean house… as it were.  The time is now for these programs to say Farewell!   Adieu!   Sayonara! 

Law & Order   – all of them.  Gotta say goodbye.

CSI –   all of them    And, I never understood why they called it CSI Miami when it  is  filmed in California.               

Criminal Minds – Both Programs

Can we just take the TLC Network  off the air?

So Called – Reality Shows

Biggest Loser and So Many More

       And since I am talking TV, what can be done about Cable or Satellite TV?  I am really of the mind that we should be able to pick the programs we want to watch.  Why do people pay for 600 channels when they only watch  10?  I am really considering dropping it all together.   I am still appalled that these companies continue to get away with it.   I must say though, I do have my own namesake channel.   The Barbie Channel!    AT&T Uverse channel 85 .  

Barbie wearing an Escada Gown

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  Rant                                                       

        The high school senior that put up large block letters on his high school, asking his girlfriend to the prom and subsequently being banned from that prom, has been making the rounds on every stinking news show in the country.   When are we as a nation going to stop this?  Anyone can do something stupid, silly, against the rules or even dangerous and then be flown cross-country, put up in a swanky hotel and plaster their face on the TV  to be interviewed as if they were Rock Stars.  The news shows get great attention ratings by having everyone participate in this crap.  Why do you think they say to “log in to our Facebook page and tell us how you feel.”   NO!     

        The school has now  given in to all this national pressure.  The young man can go to the prom after all.  So after that announcement, he’s back on the news again.  This time with attitude.  He was told that the school superintendent will have a different punishment for him.  He blatantly said to one NBC news producer ” I am not accepting any kind of punishment.”   Oh, that’s right, you’re a star.  This was all such a stunt for publicity.  And boy, was he rewarded!

        Perhaps there are some others that should be rewarded?  Our young soldiers go to war every day and risk death for America’s Freedom.  How many of those get treated to private jets, hotels and numerous such amenities for putting their life on the line for us?  How Many are treated as a rock star?  How are they rewarded?

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  What!

         Local  programming is really pretty darn good.  In Southwest Michigan we have a local show that really does promote local business, entertainment and current events.  A great perk of being a host on that show is they preview all movies, TV shows and travel a great deal to interview major stars!  I am so jealous!

 

Dustin Hoffman as Shifu

        One host recently traveled out of the country to interview the stars of Kung Fu Panda 2.  Now in 3D.  She loved Dustin Hoffman.  “So nice, polite. He was great.” The host remarked.

                           

Angelina Jolie as Tigress

        Jack Black was interviewed and was very funny and talked a lot.  When the host interviewed Jack, Angelina was there.   All this host could say was, “Boy is she bony.  She didn’t say much at all.  Very reserved.  Seemed like she was not friendly.  And she really is bony.”    “I guess we all had her pegged a long time ago.”  I’m thinking,… did you ask any intelligent questions?  Did you ask Jack Black when he was going to loose weight?  Or, perform Shakespeare?  

          Glad I wasn’t the one being interviewed by that host.  I may have been tempted to slap you! :)   Her comments went on for a while and were just mean-spirited.  I think she was  Just Jealous!

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      I read the news last week in the New York Times, which read:           IMF Arrest in NYC

Wow!  We really do have an Impossible Mission Force!          Who knew?

Ethan Hunt Mission Impossible

  



                          

Martha! Martha!…..Martha?

Martha, Martha!

Oh, Martha!  Your show can have such interesting moments and then there are ……those that aren’t!  Perhaps you should stop doing your show and never do 2 shows in a day again.  You become far too grumpy.  That is to say even grumpier than usual. :)  Your guests must be terribly frightened of you at times.  You look very tired.  Your makeup has been touched up too many times.  And most of all, stop trying to announce to the world,” that I, Martha know everything about everything and I will prove it to you.”  My word!  That’s annoying.  I have an idea.  At the beginning of each show, simply walk out and say,” I am Perfect and I know everything.”   That would take care of it.   Stop asking strange questions as you zone off during segments.  Let your guests actually speak.  Stop worrying if the counter is clean. 

 
 
On October 20th, Martha’s guest was Britta Riley of   Window Farms,    http://www.windowfarms.org/ ,  for people who want to garden

Britta on Martha's Show

but have no yard.  Check out this site for wonderful ideas and kits.    Britta brought in this Large Frame with the plants growing  on the constructed system as it would be in the garden window.   Britta stated this was what her garden looked like at home.  “Did you take out your window from your house and bring it here?”  says Martha, who apparently had zoned out, as Britta began speaking.   Yeah, Martha, I just unzipped my window, hailed a cab and rushed right over.  Duh!   This is just one of many zoned out moments for Martha.

Anyone besides me, thinks Martha should cut back on her air time?   Oh, Not likely since she practically owns the Hallmark Channel now.    My favorite moments are when Martha brings out her guest and lets them talk about their skill or craft, then good ol’ Martha corrects them or gets bossy.  Lovely!   She had a guest from Russia.  His family happened to own a distillery for Premium Russian Brand Vodka.  The really expensive Russian Vodka.  He brought  many bottles for dearest Martha.  And in turn, she kept interrupting to tell him about his own company.  Martha needs to drink more?  Ah, Less? 

As you know, Martha is a regular guest on the Today Show.  A while back Martha was displaying her baked goods and treats.  Matt Lauer had a bit of her tasty treats.  Martha yells at him.  “You weren’t supposed to eat that.  That was for my show later.  These are the ones for you to eat.”  Martha has no clue.    So, for the next Holiday Food Fest with Martha, Matt asks her first if he can taste the food.  “Of course you can.  I brought it for tasting.”  Matt reminds her of the previous episode.  Naturally in her mind that never happened.  Matt stayed his ground and kept saying, Yes you did.  You go, Matt.  Another thing!  Is Martha that poor, she brings food onto a show and allows no one to eat because she takes it back to her set?  OMG Martha!

Triwa Watch in Turquoise

Yesterday, was a killer show!  As she begins speaking of her upcoming guests, she abruptly turns to her “warm up guy” Joey and barks at him, “Who are you talking to?”  He jumps and responds “No one!”  Of course Martha argues with him.  Then!  Her guests are the 2 co-founders of  Triwa Watch Company in Stockholm, Sweden.  Sooooo.  A while back Martha went to Sweden, stayed in a fancy smancy place, The Lydmar Hotel and she was given a Triwa watch.  Now, Ms Martha asks the boys from Sweden, “why did you give me a watch at the Hotel?  Did you know I was coming?”   They did not give her the watch, the Hotel Shop sells them and will sometimes give them as gifts.  Martha immediately responds “Oh, The Hotel just gives them to their BEST customers!”  Well of course, Martha , the common folk would never get a watch like that.  These guys are bewildered at best.   Then the “pièce de résistance“.  She asks, “once you set it, it sorta stays.”   “Mine’s been keeping very good time since I got it.”  Really Martha!    “And it’s easy to change time if you need to?”  What?  Who asks this stuff?  Seriously Martha!  Time to let it go!  Unfortunately no one will tell you that you insulting to your guests every stinking day. 

1.  Martha asks Brendan Fraser…..”What’s a Cul de Sac?”

NBC…The Biggest Loser…Fat Bully?

NBC

For your consideration.  The following story of a nation of curious people.  So, every Tuesday night,  millions of people tune in to watch  The NBC program  ” The Biggest Loser”.  Our curiosity gets the best of us on this night.  Why?  Because we can watch as contestants are ridiculed, screamed at and manipulated all in the interest of a game show.  This show is in my opinion a cross between, Survivor, Big Brother and Jerry Springer, with a few other things I cannot name here.   It happens to be the only show on network TV in which Shame, Bullying, “Prejudicial Behavior”, Scare Tactics, “Scream Therapy” and so much more, is allowed to take place on our TV screens,  in primetime each week.   How are we to educate each other and our children, to be tolerant and kind to each other, when this program promotes a “bullying” and assorted other poor behaviors every week?  All this is accomplished in the name of ratings.

Having watched Survivor for many years, I expect the scheming and back stabbing, lying and what have you that goes on each week.  Yeah!  It’s a game show.   This behavior on the show is expected and it is the entire premise of that show draws us in.  Out Wit, Out Last, you get the money.   So, the Biggest Loser, is nothing more.  Don’t look as if you didn’t know that!   Having not watched the show since its first air date back  years ago, I had to watch parts of the show because I wanted to write this story.  I listen to people speak about  this TV show.   First, there are the groups who watch because, in the privacy of their own homes they can ridicule the contestants at will.  Fun, huh?  I once asked a woman, who was very, very thin, why she watched the show every week, as she did not need to lose any weight.  Her response was, “Someone has to show these people,  it is not smart  to be overweight.”  Soooo,  they are stupid?  I asked how she felt about the screaming and yelling that Bob and Jillian did every week.  Her response was. “It’s OK!  Someone should have screamed at them years ago.”   Nice!  This person also believes that treating employees that same way is perfectly all right.  Oh, wait.  I need to clarify that.  Only if that employee is overweight.  Loves to see them cry, so “maybe they’ll finally get it.”  Ah, bullying at it’s finest.    What a nice person to work for. 

The show may “help” certain people.  I find it hard to believe one needs to be harassed on a game show to change their life.  Just sayin!   “Alex, I’ll take kindness and education for $1000.00.”    My poke at Jeopardy here, but my point is made.   Severe obesity should be treated as any other emotional issue or addiction.  I am not a medical practitioner.  I understand bias and prejudice when I see or hear it.  Mostly though,  I understand Kindness.  NBC should be ashamed and take this show off the air.  Call it what it really is.  It’s a game show.  The producers can throw in personal poignant moments to rip your heart out and cry along with others.   Grown men crying, as they stand half-naked on a stage for the weigh in, the camera lens in a “tight shot” of their faces, this is not an act of kindness.   You want to care about these people.  And, yes they are people.   Bob and Jillian get paid to produce many  “dramatic moments” and act as if this was real life.  In 2004, the winner in weight loss earned $250,000.  Rumor had it that the trainers were paid $100,000+ for the season.  Not to mention the publicity they all earned for their own fitness routines, DVD’s, workout wear and so on.  A game show is  not real life.  Bob and Jillian will continue to go around hawking their wares on any and all TV, radio and personal internet sites and receive Big Rewards for “acting in a game show”.   Do not ever forget, Bob and Jillian are paid handsomely for their acting skills on this show.  Viewers out there, are you really watching  Jillian’s face when she is making a contestant work really hard while screaming?  Do you watch her when she is scheming with the contestants on a winning strategy?  Strategy for what?  Oh yeah, MONEY!!!

Here’s an idea!  Would we care to watch a new show called  ” Biggest User?”   It would be a great show!  Because user addiction is such a health issue in this country, we should give it a chance.  Scores of Drug Users can participate in group activities, exercise sessions and mini marathons to show they are committed to get on the right track.  Can you imagine, seeing  Bob and Jillian scream and belittle those “users” in similar circumstances?   The result would be an entire country outraged!  Yet, if one is overweight, it is perfectly OK!  That is bias my friends.   

With a slew of network programming dedicated to poor behaviors, it boggles one’s mind how much we as humans tolerate.  I say we as humans are smarter than that.  

The public that watches The Biggest Loser is the reason it is still on the air.  These are the people who are responsible for the making of the show.   Shame on all of them. 

  Bob Harper:  A Celebrity Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor.    Jillian Michaels:  A Personal Trainer, Diet Products.

Host: Alison Sweeney

Trainers: Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels

Executive producers: Ben Silverman, Dave Broome, JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Mark Koops

Co-executive producers: Howard Owens, Todd Lubin, Matt Assmus

Line producer: Carole MacDonal

Director: Neil DeGroot

Director of Photography: Neal Gallagher

Casting producer: Allison Kaz

Origination: Los Angeles, CA

Produced by: Reveille LLC, 25/7 Productions, 3 Ball Productions

*These are my opinions based upon a review of the show and other discussions.