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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 08:56 PM

Shows you have to watch when visiting parents?

Omg...This is us? It's like a night time soap opera and not in a good way.

The Voice...some talented singers but the mechanics of this show are literally fake and inane.

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Reply Shows you have to watch when visiting parents? (Original post)
Laura PourMeADrink Oct 22 OP
LakeArenal Oct 22 #1
Laura PourMeADrink Oct 22 #4
Ohiogal Oct 22 #9
LakeArenal Oct 23 #23
mtngirl47 Oct 22 #2
Laura PourMeADrink Oct 22 #6
BigmanPigman Oct 22 #3
catchnrelease Oct 22 #8
emmaverybo Oct 22 #15
PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 22 #5
Ohiogal Oct 22 #11
PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 22 #13
emmaverybo Oct 22 #16
rationalcalgarian Oct 22 #18
LakeArenal Oct 23 #24
catchnrelease Oct 22 #7
PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 22 #14
catchnrelease Oct 23 #19
PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 23 #20
catchnrelease Oct 23 #21
Cousin Dupree Oct 22 #10
Ohiogal Oct 22 #12
Laura PourMeADrink Oct 23 #22
Auggie Oct 22 #17
LakeArenal Oct 23 #25
cilla4progress Oct 23 #26
Laura PourMeADrink Oct 23 #29
cilla4progress Oct 23 #30
Cuthbert Allgood Oct 23 #27
Laura PourMeADrink Oct 23 #28
Phentex Oct 28 #33
wishstar Oct 26 #31
Laura PourMeADrink Oct 26 #32
Phentex Oct 28 #34

Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:06 PM

1. Reruns of Walker Texas Ranger....

ZzzzGrrrrrZzzzzzGrrrrrtZzzzzxxxGrrrrr

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:45 PM

4. Lol. Hey, at least that's kind of like a story.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:13 PM

9. OMG

I would slit my wrists

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 10:25 AM

23. Or my dad's!!!

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:09 PM

2. My mom watches all 3 NCIS shows and my dad likes golf--

even re-runs of old golf tournaments. I always have a book with me when I'm "watching" TV with them!

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Response to mtngirl47 (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:46 PM

6. Why do parents like those NCIS shows?

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:28 PM

3. Better than visiting my grandparents

when Lawrence Welk and Miss America Pageants were the shows of choice.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:51 PM

8. Lawrence Welk never dies!

Visiting my mom this past weekend and while I scrolled through the channels the Welk show was actually on! The old familiar players all had dark hair and no wrinkles so it had to be an ancient rerun. I turned it before the accordian king himself showed, but it was definitely a blast from the WAY past!

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:38 PM

15. I am dating myself. In addition to Lawrence Welk, the 64 thousand dollar question. A real

Grand parents show.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:46 PM

5. My parents are long gone, so that's not a specific problem.

More to the point, I don't have a TV, although I watch my fair share of television shows. It's just that I watch them on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. What that means is I watch only what I want, and I never have to see commercials.

So when I visit my sister, who is pretty much on the same page politically, it's not a problem of unwanted TV shows, it's that there's a TV in the main living area which is often on. It can make me crazy.

I don't understand turning the TV on and leaving it on, no matter what it is tuned to. If you are not actually watching something, turn it off.

There, that's not so hard, is it?

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:18 PM

11. When my mother was still alive

She left the TV on the entire day for “company”

Mostly network TV - soap operas, talk shows, “ infotainment “ type stuff

Plus she was hard of hearing so she had the volume on Blast and I always came home with a headache

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #11)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:20 PM

13. I get the hard of hearing problem.

But it's the lack of an "off" button that makes me crazy.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #11)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:40 PM

16. Honestly, I get the "company" part.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #11)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 11:44 PM

18. I understand the "company" part, too

I live alone (and I'm not an old man, yet) so the TV is on most of the time, at a low volume. It gives the brain the illusion that someone else is in the room.
I may being using it for "company", but I am choosy about who I let in.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 10:34 AM

24. Oh geez. I had actually forgotten about the VOLUME!!!

We lived an hour and a half away and I believe we could hear it.
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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:46 PM

7. Just got home today

From a weekend visiting 93yr old mom who is in asst living now. At this point she will watch pretty much anything, but does like Family Feud with Steve Harvey. I can deal with that for a couple of hours.

A few years back when she made her own choices, it was TORTURE to visit and have to sit through hours of the Pawn Stars, and Pickers (Is it American Pickers?). Omg, there were times I was ready to cut my wrists!! She also liked Dancing with the Stars which I also can't stand. Like you say, it seemed so fake and the suspense of waiting to see who would be eliminated...aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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Response to catchnrelease (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:21 PM

14. Perhaps the real point is that

even when someone is visiting, a lot of people never turn the TV off. To me, that's beyond rude. If you have guests, you focus on them. When you're alone, watch what you want at whatever volume you want. But when someone else is there, you need to discover the "off" button.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #14)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 12:04 AM

19. Well, I agree in a normal situation

It depends on the people involved. My Mom doesn't have true dementia, but zero short term memory. So when I visit we can have a 'reasonable' conversation for maybe 15 or 20 mins. After that the subject matter is exhausted and there would be a lot of dead air if not for some tv stimulation. It gives us more to comment on, and maybe a topic to carry on from there. It might bring up some memory for her--like the picker guys finding some antique and she relates it to something from her past that we can talk about.

Because she lives hundreds of miles away, when I go to visit I want to spend a good part of the day at her facility. Often when I arrive her tv is not on and we do talk for awhile. But as I say, then I'm searching for things to talk about with her that she can relate to or remember. I will be the one to turn the tv on, and for example it's Family Feud, she knows enough of what's going on that we can comment on the game, laugh at the answers or Steve Harvey, etc. We are enjoying it together. (As I said in previous post, the other shows went on for hours, and while we did talk about what went on, it was tedious for me. But I figure she probably thought the same when she had to do things for/with me when I was a kid. It's my turn to be patient! )

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Response to catchnrelease (Reply #19)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 12:25 AM

20. Thank you for offering another take on this problem.

Because my parents are long gone, and because the other relatives and friends of mine are not in the kind of situation you describe, I am probably inappropriately intolerant of some.

Again, thank you. I remember very well when my two sons were young. I remember, more or less, when I was very young. It's all too easy to judge, and your post is incredibly enlightening and helpful.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #20)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 12:36 AM

21. You're welcome!

I think because I just spent 3 days in this situation the topic is really relevant to me. And I do agree that in most cases when people are visiting and trying to have a conversation the tv should not be going in the background.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:13 PM

10. And don't forget that the volume has to be up almost all the way!

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:19 PM

12. Wheel of Fortune with the volume set on Blast

Headache inducing!

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 05:55 AM

22. Lol. Ditto here. But worse - commercials. They dropped

DVR recording to lower bill and u can't FF or pause. So they run and do something and hurry back so they won't miss seeing if the "nice" one on Wheel won.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 10:49 PM

17. Judge Judy and local news

Both drive me crazy.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 10:40 AM

25. Great fun post.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 10:55 AM

26. Haha -

ready? GUNSMOKE, BONANZA, other 50s Westerns! It's very lullling after you get used to it! Beautiful scenery, horses. A lot of gun play, though.

Recently she and my husband did enjoy watching college football together!

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #26)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 03:32 PM

29. Oh man would consider myself lucky for an old Western!!

Kinds good napping fare. Like pro golf or baseball.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #29)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 05:06 PM

30. Yep.

If you pay attention there's some real humor, good stories. Festus. Need I say more. His physical humor was great!

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 02:12 PM

27. I'll defend This is Us.

Yes, there are some soap opera narratives, but that show started a narrative structure in TV that had not been done successfully before. The pilot was mind blowing in that regard. And the acting is stellar. I get if you don't like it, but it's not some shitty soap opera.

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Response to Cuthbert Allgood (Reply #27)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 03:31 PM

28. Yes shouldn't have judged...only saw once. Maybe

just the script the other night. Whenever someone gets up from dinner and starts playing the piano and singing it seems so unnatural to me..like a real family would be laughing their asses off. But don't mind me..I seldom like the shows with the ratings and awards. Like I thought Modern Family was stupid and zillions loved that.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #28)

Mon Oct 28, 2019, 04:00 PM

33. My husband likes This is Us...

and the poster above is not wrong. It started off being very different from what we've seen before. But I, personally, think it's ventured into predictability and I am no longer particularly interested in the story anymore. I'll keep watching because it's something we both watch together but I'm having to keep my opinions to myself. I'll post them here instead, lol.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 04:21 AM

31. My wonderful mom born in 1924 loved Colbert, John Stewart and Rachel Maddow

She was a night owl and always up on current politics, so right up until she died I would sit up late with her to watch her favorites. She would have loved Trevor on the Daily Show. Thankfully she lived long enough to see Obama as President but she didn't have to witness the horror of the 2016 election disaster and aftermath as she was a huge Hillary fan.

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Response to wishstar (Reply #31)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 08:33 AM

32. Thanks for that. Bet you miss her

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Mon Oct 28, 2019, 04:01 PM

34. Murder She Wrote...

with my mother in law. I'm not sure where she found this but it was a marathon of episodes. It's not awful but it was A LOT!

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