Monday, January 23, 2012
Ms. CRANKY is a bit of a snob about TV but she does, in fact, own one though she knows that that is not exactly the ‘in’ trend these days. And, she picks and chooses what she watches and marks up her TV Guide she gets in the Sunday paper. If there’s nothing really good on, she’d rather read or cook. (Of course, she should clean!)
So, when Ms. CRANKY saw one of those magazine shows called ‘What Would You Do?’ she turned up her nose --- ‘what is this ‘Candid Camera’ for the 2000s,’ she thought? How silly. She would never be caught watching it.
But, then one night, CRANKY came upon the show and turned around in her thinking. Because she likes human beings and, as you know, she very much loves when they behave well. So, this show has actors acting unpleasantly to one another in a public place; then, there is a secret camera or cameras somewhere picking up the reactions of ordinary people around them and often those people rise up and confront the offending parties. It touches Ms. CRANKY’S cranky old heart and gives her hope for us all.
Ms. CRANKY recalls one segment that spoke to her where a woman (an actor) berated her daughter (an actor) in a department store for ‘not being attractive enough, for being fat, etc.’ It was a most painful segment for Ms. CRANKY to watch but, then, these good people began sneaking up and talking to the daughter and giving her encouragement and even telling her she was beautiful. It was enough to break Ms. CRANKY’S pushover heart. Then, the host, John Quinones, a very low-keyed affable guy, arrives on the scene and tells everybody what happened --- that the mother and daughter were actors, etc. and tries to find out why some people were brave enough to intervene and some not?
So, last Friday night Ms. CRANKY saw ‘What Would You Do?’ in the TV listings, and boldly turned it on, the first time she’d seen the show noted in a while and she found some very moving episodes --- a very drunk father about to get in his car with his young son and a drunk father about to let his son, 11 years old, drive etc. and people on the street actually physically stopped him from doing that.
And, a young worker in a supermarket was being verbally brow-beaten by his boss and people walked up and encouraged him and told him he was doing a fine job and some went and reported the unpleasant boss to the owner.
Hey, it makes CRANKY smile to think that there are people still out there who care and are willing to risk putting themselves on the line for another human being. Congratulations on a very pleasant and revealing show. It ran on Friday evening last week and probably will again this week.
Hey, Ms. CRANKY thanks you, as always, for stopping by and hopes you have a good and positive week.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Posted by ms. cranky at 10:08 AM
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Ms. Cranky resolves in this sacred new year of 2012 to be extremely kind and sweet to people --- unless they walk into her bosom while reading their electronic devices.
And, Cranky truly resolves to stop envying thin women, especially those monsters who sit right across from you at dinner and eat everything in sight and when you question --- “do you ever have to diet?” --- they, oh, so casually reply --- “Oh, it’s in the genes, I can eat anything I want’”--- ouii, Well, good for you. Ms. Cranky’s jeans are spelled with a ‘j’ and are a few sizes bigger than yours!
Ms. Cranky resolves to stop envying people with those big loving families. Well, who knows how loving they really are? She hopes a lot and thinks it’s a life’s goal. But, Cranky has to stop envying those big loving families, you know like those people from Nebraska who walk through Times Square and hook arms? Hmmm, or, maybe that’s it! --- maybe, in 2012, Ms. Cranky should move to Nebraska!
And, she wants to stop envying women who can wear horribly high heels and not fall on their noses and to stop saying things like ---“their feet are going to suffer in 15-20 years.” Ouii, okay Cranky vows to not say anything but still feels their feet will suffer and, maybe, earlier than 15 years.
Cranky resolves to enjoy the moment, the here and now and to ignore things that cause worry --- “will I?, won’t I?, will she, won’t he?, will I get that job? Will my article be accepted, will the geraniums in the kitchen bloom before Valentine’s and, if so, will the salmon and red come out at the same time and clash?”
And, to remember that old saying --- that sometimes ‘everything you need is right there around you.’
On this New Year’s Day, Ms. Cranky thanks God once again for some of her favorites --- the chortle of children’s voices and how they look stomping in tall rubber boots; cats, dogs, birds, butterflies; skies, clouds, seas, lakes, swimming pools --- and, horseradish.
Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year everybody.
January 3, 2012
Posted by ms. cranky at 11:22 AM