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Saturday, April 01, 2006

I'm almost mortified to admit this

I'm jonesing after a new TV show and it's so frigging stooopid I can't believe I'm even gonna admit that I watch it. But my kids are both hooked, and now I am, too. What show could possibly get me so embarassed to admit to watching? Nope, it's not anything on the WB. It's Deal or No Deal.

Yes, I have succumbed to watching the greediest show on television. But what makes me different, besides having already admitted and discussed this very topic with my therapist first (really, I did) is that I'm so conservative when it comes to money and so totally not-greedy that I'm the person screaming at the TV, "Take the Deal". I can't stand these foolhardy folks playing with their kid's college tuitions. What are they thinking? (Great name for a blog, huh?)

The other day was a prime example of stupidity. It was a woman playing. She stated up front she wanted the money for a downpayment on an apartment in Brooklyn to move out of her mom's house. I say to the Boy, "OK, she needs at least 100K, probably more in order to get her apartment." She had lousy luck, but at one point she had way over $100K in offers from the banker, and she just kept playing. And every time she passed up an offer, she ended up with less and less money. I can't remember the exact amount she went home with, but it wasn't a downpayment on a doll's house. Stupid woman and even stupider mother, who was sabotaging her because she didn't want her to move out. Mom kept screaming at the women to not take the deal and just go one more round. If that were my mom, I'd have killed her.

This show, which I have heard originated in The Netherlands, is the worst example of what it means to be greedy. It's like G-d said, "Hey, let's invent a show based on one of the seven deadly sins. How about GREED?" These contestants can't even contain their lacivious looks as the open the low number cases. What will the next offer be? How many more cases will I have to open in order to get to the million? Will the case I chose contain the million, or the remaining $10. I'm going to say NO DEAL.

Aaarrrggghhh. It's just completely annoying. For me, if I were to be a contestant on a show like this, I'd have an amount in mind that I wanted in order to buy or pay for whatever it was I needed (college, a new car, downpayment, whatever) and I would not play beyond that number. I like to be safe. I'm the idiot that can walk thru a casino for a whole weekend and not put one nickle into a slot machine. I don't like to gamble. I believe that my money should take care of my and my family, and beyond that, to the charities I support. I don't need things like other people do. What I have is pretty much what I need.

I do have desires. A car would be so fabulous for us. But it will come eventually, and I'll pay for it with my earnings. Desires are OK. I'd love to travel the world with my kids. They're so ready for travel now, and it would be so much fun to take them places and see it through their eyes. But I don't need to do it. I just would like to.

I'm pretty unAmerican, huh?

And Howie Mandel. Wow, he got creepy. Remember him from St. Elsewehere, my all time favorite TV show?
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12 Comments:

Anonymous sarcastic journalist said...

Deal or No deal (which I HATE) used to make me feel like I'd have panic attacks with worry.

Now I hope that they all get the five dollars for being greedy.

And Howie IS creepy. If I remember, he has OCD.

1/4/06 1:59 AM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

sadly, these Greed shows are creeping across the Atlantic too...

Definitely not British [twirls imaginary handlebar moustache]

Michele sent me....

cq
more crazie than queen - it's way past my bedtime.......

1/4/06 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Chrissie said...

Hi,
Boston - my favorite city... because I live here too. I actually live on the south shore.
I'm visiting via Michele's.
Hope your having a good weekend.
I love Deal or No Deal!
Oh and Howie - no doubt
Smiles,
Chrissie

1/4/06 5:05 PM  
Blogger utenzi said...

Margalit you're just so damn rational! Madison Avenue definitely needs to work on you some more.

I've not seen the show but I hope I could resist it's charms--but just to be safe I won't watch it at all. LOL I saw Mandel on the NBC show Las Vegas a few weeks back, Margalit, and I don't like him any more now than I did back when he was doing standup. Just something about him seems "wrong" to me.

Michele sent me to see you!

1/4/06 5:10 PM  
Blogger Peri said...

soooo funny,
I'm hooked on this stupid show too. :)

1/4/06 5:14 PM  
Blogger Leon said...

Any game with money will have an audience. I'm from Jamaica (isn't it obvious?).

1/4/06 7:04 PM  
Blogger Riss said...

I'm with you, I sit and scream "TAKE THE DEAL YOU DOUCHE!!!"

I'm ashamed to admit I get all heated during the show, it's like the SuperBowl is on.

2/4/06 12:18 AM  
Anonymous mooalex said...

You're right... Howie is creepy now. I remember when he jumped around with a rubber glove on his head on the Johnny Carson show.
(God, I'm old.)

2/4/06 4:33 PM  
Blogger Lazy Daisy said...

You are right on in your explaination. We call it the greedy game. And yes I yell at the TV screen too. I'm not sure about Michele though.

2/4/06 5:56 PM  
Blogger keda said...

thank the ether we don't get that here! i'm quite big at telly screaming.
and i'm incredibly tight.

i also have twins- both girls and younger but very different too...

sorry about the troubles below.
i'll have to lurk some more when i'm less knackered.

here via michele's btw*

2/4/06 6:01 PM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Yep - Howie has OCD, you can tell if you watch closely lol

And yep, im hooked too... the kids and I watch it whenever its on. We scream at them too - "WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!?! TAKE THE MONEY!"

*sigh*

2/4/06 9:38 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I've written a bit about DOND on my blog. My husband is obsessed with that show. It's craazy. I dunno, whenever Howie says "one million dollars," with that bald head, all I can think of is Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies. Jody and I agree tho -- there's something hot about him when he spills the catchphrase -- "DEAL or NO deal?"

BTW, DOND is based on an Italian show, as is Dancing with the Stars. On the Italian version, they say, "Take it or not?"

3/4/06 9:34 AM  

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