December 9th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

More Meds for Spirit

On the "Sing-off" last night the fat women were wearing vests, but we did see the face of one of them. I read the paper during the show because so much of it was waiting for things to happen. I saw all the performances and the judges' comments. Last year I matched the judges' votes and the final audience vote, and so far this year, I'm doing that again. I think one really good singing group will have to leave Monday, though. They're a group of elderly black men, with the title in the form of So-and-so and the Somethings, and while they can move back and forth, they almost certainly can't move more around the stage. They're at the point where that's required to happen, plus the lead singer clearly has trouble standing up. When they stand after singing for the judges' comments, the lead has his hand on the shoulder of the guy next to him. When all the groups in that set come out and stand on [staggered steps] to find out who goes and who stays, he sits in a chair.

I had a lot of TV to watch and then tapes to watch and got half of the tapes done before I went to bed at 1:45am to read. I finished the section I was on in the book I was reading at 4am and came back out to watch the rest of the tapes. I watched two half-hour episodes of "Storage Wars" on A&E. I'd watched it last week for the premier and it's fascinating. It's a reality show, so the four guys involved are probably prompted to some extent, but even with that, it's interesting. When someone doesn't pay for their storage unit, it gets auctioned off. The people who came to consider bidding can't go inside, just lean in, and then they have to decide to bid or not. The guys try to bid each other up and sometimes that happens and sometimes they have to pay. When they get the stuff out of the unit, we find out how much it's valued and who made the most profit.

There were two odd storages last night: one had thousands of dollars of coins and sports memorabilia which could have paid for the storage unit for a long time, and the other had hair-styling equipment which the wife of one of the guys wanted. He refused to bid it up and she was upset. I'm sure she was more upset when one of the other guys bid $275 and found a salesman's sample piano and bench which is worth about $12K.

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