Every so often I torture myself in the early evening hours by watching “Trauma: Life in the ER.” It kills me every time — no one you’re led (through editing) to care about ever dies, but it usually reminds me to drive carefully.

I have a friend who spent so much time watching “The Operation” on TLC or whatever channel it was on that he said, “I feel confident that if called upon, I could do an emergency appendectomy.” I can’t say the same, but today I watched the doctors slice into some poor soul’s abdomen, blood spilling everywhere, and I said, “She’s going to lose that spleen.”

And she did.

But now Kate’s downstairs, so we’re watching “Wheel of Fortune,” preparatory to her new favorite show, “Jeopardy.” Now that Kate’s reading more on her own, we’re dispensing with story time every so often to wait for Ken Jennings to fall. Someday, our dream will come true. Fall, Ken, fall! You’re getting on our nerves.

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6 responses to “Teevee.”

  1. alex said on November 8, 2004 at 8:42 pm

    Well, Ken just divulged his childhood nickname was “Captain Clip-On.” I thought surely it would be a reference to pens in his pocket, but no. He wore a clip-on tie to church every week. So, hey–there really are some brainwaves on that side of the cultural divide in case anyone doubts it. Of course, he probably wasn’t in one of those megachurches where they inveigh against Tinky Winky. Poor Tinky. The little fella’s been branded a homo before he’s even old enough to know about his own sexuality. But then so was I.

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  2. brian said on November 8, 2004 at 10:55 pm

    I’ve watched a few of those TLC operations. One time a bone doctor with a pleasing scottish accent conducted the viewing audience through a bit of carpentry on some guy’s knee – it was fascinating.

    Another time, a voluptuous woman went in for breast reduction surgery…I thought “hey – we get to see breasts!!” – but that show was a very tough go. In the middle of that operation, the woman looked like she had been hit by a cannon ball – very messy. To top it off, they basically scraped tissue out of her much as one would clean out a cantaloupe (or two) and then weighed the bloody flesh from each breast so as to balance things. Made one wonder if they really would be able to put her back together again, let alone in any sort of attractive way.

    One show I simply had to bail out on was when they peeled a guy’s face off, so as to work on the bones underneath.

    I saw in the news that in this batch of pre-recorded Jeopardy shows, Jennings has lost, so very soon now we’ll get to see his demise.

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  3. James said on November 9, 2004 at 7:36 am


    My sister Leslie just taped Jeopardy yesterday (airdate January 17th, we think,,,). She’s being coy about how she did, but it had to be better than me (third, and out of final Jeopardy…).

    Now it’s brother John’s turn (he promised he’d try out after she was on…).

    As for Ken Jennings, I believe he bites it soon.

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  4. 4dbirds said on November 9, 2004 at 11:40 am

    I do believe Ken is a Morman. ’nuff said.

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  5. Mary said on November 9, 2004 at 12:57 pm

    Ken’s not only a Mormon, he lived in different countries with is dad, a Mormon missionary.

    Anyone here ever read “Under the Banner of Heaven?”

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  6. Linda said on November 9, 2004 at 2:52 pm

    Thank goodness someone else is waiting to see him go. I thought it was just me being A BAD PERSON. It gets under my skin when he has $30,000, the other two only have $1000, and he wagers $5,000 when he gets a Daily Double towards the end of Double Jeopardy. He already has it locked in, why does he have to be so greedy???

    Yeah, yeah… I know. Because he can.

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