Great TV Watching

My poor DVR is filled with “American Pickers,”
 I mean 63 hours of the History channel’s great reality show — a couple of guys that “buy junk and sell antiques.” They pick through hoarders and collectors — then sell in their antique stores.

Most “Reality Shows” are completely inane, but American Pickers is different. 

My Caregiver touted this show to us because our house furniture is strictly family and 1800s, so we obviously are into antiques, and this is right down our alley, but there must have been a lack of good TV material…we would watch three, and the recorder would record five more! Pretty soon, we couldn’t keep up!

I love them, but I hope bad weather comes quickly (not really) so I can do six a day and start getting ahead.

I learn from it. First, I see collections of antique bicycles, motorcycles, car parts, movie parts, and beautifully restored cars — and rusty cars you wouldn’t look at, but they have, or know where to find, the missing parts! There are collectors throughout the US, and they “pick” the barns or catacombs of Italy.

I was in TV, both a CEO in Los Angeles, and as “talent” with a few of my friends. We had a weekly TV show on Time-Warner and Cox, called “On Edge,” modeled after “Crossfire,” and we were a finalist for the Cable Ace Award. We proposed a different kind of show to the Discovery Channel. I still think would be a winner, but alas. It rose to their Top Five for several years, but never was funded.

Come to think of it, I could use a lot less politics. Just to show you how much I hate politics right now, and the choices available, my last few published newspaper columns have been about technology and education. 

TV is such a wasteland. American Pickers is some redemption. Heck, today on their Facebook page I saw a weathervane in a house as decoration — both my garden and my home have been converted to Kauai, and last week I added a 100 year old weathervane I scored from Kauai! That may come inside from my garden. (Or on a cupola I am looking at in American Pickers inventory. They paid $200.)

Now, about those three-wheel 1850 British Invalid Chairs, that were pushed in Bath, England by a Manservant….

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