Orange County Housewives?

I have seen the show advertised on TV a number of times. I really have no interest in the show or anything like it. However, it did draw my curiosity in one respect, which Orange County?

As a boy grew up in Garden Grove, CA, a city in Orange County. If you check the map, you will find it is just down the road from Disneyland. Then, I noticed a mechanics show on TV, which took place in Orange County. I assumed it was in CA. Surprise, surprise. It was in New York State. I had a hard time wrapping my head around that one. I didn’t know they grew oranges in NY…maybe they don’t I don’t know why the county got its name.

Then one day, quite by accident, I found out that there is an Orange County in FL. That does make sense. They do grow oranges in FL, though they are nowhere near as good as the ones from CA.

Then, about a week ago, I found out there is an Orange County TX. I have no idea if they grow oranges but I suppose the they might. I guess they have the climate for it provided it is not too far north. Oranges are very subject to freezes. One cold winter can kill off all the trees. It doesn’t do the crop any good either.

So now here I am, trying to figure out which Orange County the show is about. Oh by the way, I looked on the internet and there are apparently also Orange Counties in Virginia, Indiana, N.C. and VT. In addition, there is an Orangeburg in South Carolina. I don’t know for sure if I included them all here, but apparently there are nine altogether when Orangeburg is included. That is just almost one tenth of the states. It is over one tenth if you only count the contiguous 48 states.

At any rate, I watched the show for about 15 minutes. I did not find anything that truly told me which of the Orange County housewives they were referring to. There was neither a description in the program nor within the little bit I watched.

I did come up with two conclusions about it. First, it had to be pretty much south as the season was Christmas and no one was was wearing any coats. Second, if you didn’t watch the show, you haven’t missed anything, that is unless you are the type who enjoys watching grass grow.

Cruise Ships

From time to time, I’ve looked at a few of those cruise ship things where they tout how nice it would be to go on a cruise ship. I also looked at a few of the river cruise videos. I think I sort of like the river cruises a little better but I do have something of a problem with them all, especially the river cruises.

It seems that no matter what the cruise or where they go, there is wine involved, at least twice a day. I mean, why would I need to board a ship to drink wine. Besides, it would be much less expensive if I just sat at home and drank it.

Actually, I don’t drink wine, or any alcoholic beverage. Also, whenever I can, I discourage others to do so. Therefore, my question is purely hypothetical. (I guess that is the word for it) The thing is, even if I did drink wine, it does add a substantial cost to getting drunk. I mean most of those cruises are a grand for each passenger.

It seems to me as if the people that put these shows on TV can’t think of anything else to do on the cruises. They go here and they go through some ancient city followed by a glass or two of wine. Then they go over there, where they sample the local wine. Then of course, it is over to this wonderful place where everyone enjoys a toast with this wine.

I don’t get it. Isn’t the purpose of these cruises to see the sights and get to know the people.

Even if I did enjoy wine, I don’t think I would want to go on any of these cruises. I mean, it would be nice to see the Eiffel Tower and the pyramids of Egypt. However, the question I have is, “Do they have any regular food?” I mean I like hamburgers, french fries and Diet Coke. Maybe I would need to notify the cruise line that I’m not too keen on the fancy stuff. Every now and again, I like a baked potato with a medium well steak, usually sirloin. And oh yes, I like my fish actually cooked, without the eyes looking back at me.

I guess that is why I will never get rich. I would never survive in the environment. I’m not one who likes fancy stuff. If I ever became a billionaire and bought a 150 foot yacht, It would have no bar or Jacuzzi. Also, I think I would want to make sure the chef would know how to make hamburgers and hot dogs.

I would guess any guests that I would have along wouldn’t like it so much, but it is my boat, my imagination. If they want raw fish, they need to use their imagination to get their boat and their chef. Then again, why would a person need a chef to cook raw fish. On the other hand, I suppose they could freeload with the billionaire they know.

To be sure, if you are one of those go green types, you might not want to go on those cruises. Even the imagination ones burn diesel like you wouldn’t believe.

Cable TV

I discovered something interesting about my cable service (AT&T U-Verse) a couple of weeks ago.  There is a way I can hide undesired channels.  So, I started hiding channels.  Suddenly, my channel surfing has become much faster.

One of the first things I eliminated were those home shopping channels, or anything that was nothing but commercials.  I find it difficult to believe but I have been told that there are folks that watch these channels almost continually.  I guess if they want to, I have no problems with it, but I see no reason to give them any notice at all.  Paying for advertisements sort of irks me.

Then, the other day, the power converter for my DVR went out.  Well, actually, I guess it is AT&T’s.  They are just letting me use it for a fee.  I tried to get in contact with AT&T and the first thing they wanted was my password.

So…, I got on the net and checked with Amazon.  Guess what?  They had a converter just like it for about 7 and a half dollars.  Now, a few days later, I have my DVR back and I didn’t have to deal with AT&T’s no service; and I didn’t need a password.

Between the previous 2 events, I am beginning to have second thoughts about cable, any cable.  There are only 5 TV shows I watch on a regular basis and I can get them with an antenna.  I do like to watch FOX news, but I can get that over the Internet.  I do like watching the Hallmark channel from time to time.  The biggest advantage with that channel is that they are generally careful about the ads they put on.  It would appear that even that is eroding.  They kicked off one ad and you’d think they just started the beginning of the end of the world.

Really, the only reason I got the cable in the first place was for my wife.  Here lately, she hardly watches TV much at all.  I think she watches it about 4 or 5 hours a month.  I may just call them up and tell them to discontinue it, that is, if I can remember my password.

My suspicions are that, if I had it pulled, I wouldn’t miss it.  Not only that, I would save over $150 dollars a month.  I know some people consider cable a necessity, but I believe they are just selling us a bill of goods.  Out all those hundreds of channels there’s not a dozen that have any worth.