A pet peeve of mine about many TV shows

I may be the only person with this hang-up, but why does there has to be sexual tension among the main characters of a show? Can’t it just be that people fight crime, be funny, or whatever the other main plot-lines are nowadays? It takes away the focus on what is otherwise a good show.

Consider – when the two main characters hook-up or start dating, it changes the show. Instead of the show being about __________ (fill in actual plot of your show), it becomes a soap opera and a matter of which one said something wrong to whom and made it awkward with the other.

If one regular character on the show “meets” someone, that’s organic – and fine – but it shouldn’t be obligatory that in EVERY show they have to get together and then it turns into a whole back-and-forth that lasts for the duration of the show regardless of how long they date and the only real consequence is that you lose the prime focus of the original point of the show.

Take a show like Friends – half of them dated each other, and instead of the show being funny, they ended up focusing on Rachel and Ross getting together, then breaking up, (repeat six times) or Rachel and Joey, or Chandler & Monica. Instead of being a funny happy-go-lucky show for thirty minutes a week, a bunch of the episodes end on a sad note and you’re wondering what happened, leaving you thinking “I thought this was supposed to be funny”.

Relationships on TV shows aren’t bad per se, but when the point of the show is to make you giggle while the family eats frozen dinners around the TV, or make you sit at the edge of your seat while a murderer is being chased by unusually suave officers of the law, thinking about how that’s going to affect how this person feels about another person, who may or may not care for this person more than another person, lessens the show.

Dating stuff is amazing for The Hills, Gossip Girls and the thirty ‘Housewife’ shows, but it irks me on a drama show or a show that people watch to escape the day-to-day stress of their lives.

Am I alone in thinking this?

The interesting history of Abercrombie & Fitch

As a rule, I find Abercrombie & Fitch an abhorrent company. Something about them always rubbed me the wrong way. Do we need to see topless models to know if we want to buy a forty dollar t-shirt? It’s elitist nonsense, in my opinion. Shopping there is like owning a Hummer in New York City – just trying to make yourself look big and impressive with no substance.

Anyway, I was reading an amazing book about the life of Theodore Roosevelt and noticed that as part of the Rough Riders uniform he created, he used materials from Brooks Brothers and Abercrombie & Fitch. I was pretty sure Brooks Brothers was around back then, and they always came off as a classy company. Discovering that A&F was around back then was pretty surprising to me. Apparently, they used to be a pretty well-known upper class store.

Courtesy of the Wikipedia page on the history of A&F:

David Abercrombie founded A&F in 1892 as an upscale sporting goods store. Forming a partnership with Ezra Fitch, the company continued to expand in the new 20th century. After Abercrombie left the company, Fitch became sole owner and ushered in the “Fitch Years” of continued success. After his retirement, the company continued under a succession of other leaders until its financial fall and closing in 1977. Limited Brands purchased the ailing brand in 1988 and brought in Mike Jeffries, who revolutionized the image of Abercrombie & Fitch to become an upscale youthful fashion retailer. Today, the company is a multi-billion dollar entity continuing to experience economic expansion through the introduction of four growing concepts and cautious international expansion into key luxury markets.

Prominent figures who patronized the company in its excursion goods days of the early 20th century include Teddy Roosevelt,[1] Amelia Earhart,[1][2] Greta Garbo,[1] Katharine Hepburn,[1] Clark Gable,[1] John Steinbeck,[3],[4] John F. Kennedy,[4] Ernest Shackleton,[5] and Dwight Eisenhower.[4]

They used to send out giant catalogs. A photo below:

Thought this was interesting and worth sharing.

Why men’s and women’s buttons are on opposite sides

I stumbled upon this frame from a comic and it brought back a question that I’ve had for many years that I’d never bothered to look up why. It turns out, this comic appears to be pretty accurate.

Some more detail courtesy of Ask Yahoo:

…suggests that in the 19th century, well-heeled Victorian women generally didn’t dress themselves, so their buttons were designed to be handled by right-handed servants. Although wealthy men may have had servants to lay out their clothes, they generally dressed themselves, and so the buttons on the right side of men’s garments made more sense.

Benjamin “Good Advice Is Timeless!” Dover of the Dallas Morning News. Mr. Dover notes that the first button jackets for men were modeled after the latching designs of armor, which were designed to stop a right-handed opponent from jamming a pike through the seam. He also suggests that the left-side buttons on women’s clothes may have been intended to facilitate nursing an infant on the side closest to the woman’s heart.

Jeff Elder of the Charlotte Observer suggests that men’s coats were designed to make it easier for them to unbutton their coats with their left hand while drawing their swords with their right.

As to why we continue to do this, I have no idea.

“I’m a Sagittarius so I like cold weather.”

I was in the elevator today and the topic of the weather came up. As though he had just told me the color of his shirt, or the time, my co-passenger just blurted out about how his “sign” leads him to like a certain type of weather. I had no idea that this was even an option. Try as I might, I was unable to find a chart online that would “tell” me what my weather preferences are. I guess I’ll be left to my own real-life (read: actual) preferences.

A ‘thank you’ to Denny’s

I was raised only eating kosher food, and I never really felt the desire to eat non-kosher.

Denny’s has started making a food item I want to eat. Now. Behold!

Fried cheese melt, made with four fried mozzarella sticks and melted American cheese grilled between two slices of sourdough bread. It is served with French fries and a side of marinara sauce, $4

Grilled cheese and mozzarella sticks – FRIED!

Twitter Feed of the Week: Tweets from History

OK, so normally there is a site of the week, and technically the tweets can be found on a website, but it’s really a Twitter feed.

This feed is another place you can find “historical” tweets, short humorous messages that historical figures might tweet.

I have pasted only some of the hilarious ones you can find. If you want to see the full list, or follow him on Twitter, click here.

Achilles: Open-healed sandals are in this year. http://wcti.us/001j

Menelaus: Yeah, Helen, she’s hot. Looks like trouble though. http://wcti.us/001k

Magellan: I just went out to get a loaf of bread. http://wcti.us/001h

Bog, 100,000 BCE: Yo, Norf, Dood, no wonder your starving, man. Sharp end first. http://wcti.us/000I

Leonardo da Vinci: Yes, I know what she’s smilin about. He he he. http://wcti.us/001Z

Geronimo: You say what when you jump out of a plane? … Why? … What’s a plane? http://wcti.us/001K

Isaac Newton: Well, there’s a coconut tree over there, but the apple tree is a little more shady. http://wcti.us/003V

Ivan the Annoying: My PR guys are terrible. http://wcti.us/003T

King David: Bathsheba? Yeah, I know her. Why? http://wcti.us/001o