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Shut Up Fashion Critics, Vest Veto, and that Damn TLC Channel.

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

My wife and I have a rule against “Media Monopoly”, which means that you can control the TV, or you can control the computer, but you can’t monopolize both at the same time. If you’re sitting at the computer and you don’t like the show that the other has chosen, too bad. If you’re watching TV and the other person leaves the room for some reason, no cutting in while they’re gone. Fair is fair. My wife likes to “accidentally” leave the TLC Channel on whenever she’s finished watching TV. Because our computer is within seeing and hearing distance of said TV, I generally have to endure at least the audio of these programs while I’m in the room. So from having to endure the sounds of non-stop reality this and reality that, I’ve formed a few thoughts that I need to express:

Does it seem like TLC is kinda getting a little exploitative of the whole reality scene lately? It started out harmless enough with home-reno shows and stuff.  I personally thought the “real” reality TV concept was a superior approach over the “throw-them-in-the-jungle-and-make-them-play-games” version we get crammed down our throat.  But now the reality show market has become so saturated that it’s like a competition to see whose show features the biggest circus attraction. “This mom had 8 kids, let’s watch her for a while. Wait, we’ve got another family with 12 kids, film them. Whoa, hold on, This family has nearly 20 children, hmm that’s more interesting. Hey, our show about little people is popular, let’s spin it off and ride that out for a while. Hey, these people are good at making fun of people for not knowing how to dress themselves, that’ll bring in ratings.”  Which brings me to my next point:

Are Fashion critics not the lowest form of professional criticisers?

“Oh, she wore that color with those pants? Those shoes with that color print? What was she thinking?!? It’s a travesty against humanity that she’s out in public wearing that!!”

No, the fact that you’re getting a paycheque to belittle people is a travesty. Look jackasses, people go into their closet and put stuff on according to how they feel about it. Granted, some people do need some assistance in their co-ordination, but can we power-down the drama a bit? They’re people, and they’re wearing clothes. Big deal. Why should they care what you think anyways? If that’s too much for your brain to compute, then maybe you should consider a new line of work, or at least some medication. People who judge others strictly upon their appearance is just so petty, isn’t it?

Speaking of clothes though, is there a garment more impractical that the vest? Why would anyone want to wear a jacket with no sleeves? You can’t wear a vest in the summer, because it’s too hot. You can barely get away with it in the fall, and then by winter it’s entirely useless. Maybe the tail end of spring could see it back in the line-up. But for a fraction of 2 separate seasons’ worth of action, sleeveless garments are a poor in‘vest’ment (pun intended). Also, you (deservingly) have to put up with heckles like, “Hey, who stole your sleeves?” and similar cracks at your sub-intelligence of clothing choice. Unless your name is “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, or you’re due on stage at “The Tool Box”, do yourself a favour and don’t wear a vest.

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  1. Billy Graves
    December 16, 2009 at 3:45 am

    I personally am a fan of the vest especially for early morning running. It keeps the mid-section warm while offering flexibility in the arms without being too bulky. Now, I’m not talking big puffy vest here…I’m talking a light fleece vest that I wear fall-spring either as a top layer or one of my base layers when I’m sitting in a tree waiting on a deer to walk by in the freezing cold! Just my $.02

    • December 16, 2009 at 9:31 am

      Well of course they offer flexibility in the arms…. they have no arms! If your use for layering is body warmth, don’t your arms deserve to be as warm as your mid-section, especially in hunting considering that your arms are the things controlling the gun??? I’d rather be shooting a gun with warm arms than cold ones, but then again I don’t know anything about hunting. You’re entitled to vest if you can justify it as functional I’d say; I’m more against vests in their use as fashionable clothing.

  2. Billy Graves
    December 17, 2009 at 3:41 am

    My philosophy is, if the core is warm (which is what a vest provides warmth for) the arms are by default warm. If I get a chill on my chest or back, everything is cold, but if I can keep that warm, I am roasty toasty and happy to sit in a tree all day!

    • December 17, 2009 at 9:22 am

      I just don’t buy that 2 extremities that have a fraction of the circumference of your torso, and are farther away from your heart, are somehow magically going to warm themselves up without cover; especially with prolonged periods of inactivity which I think hunting requires. But again, you’re the hunting expert, not me. Whatever works I guess, as long as you’ve got deer meat in your belly and a head on your wall!

  3. Ryley
    December 17, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Try sleeping in a really cold room with only your arms sticking out from under the blankets. Your arms still get cold.

    • December 17, 2009 at 12:19 pm

      haha, great point, I was actually thinking of the exact same scenario. Good call. It drives me bananas when a part of my body is colder than the rest, especially when trying to sleep.

  4. Stacy
    December 19, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I too am a fan of the vest – when you work in Edmonton, it is not out of the question for there to be days when the weather changes by over 30 degrees. A vest is a great “in-between” article of clothing. At the time of year when a jacket is *almost* necessary the vest is a great alternative, especially when it would be extremely difficult to work in my cold building on the computer for most of the day in a parka. I like that my arms are free to type and not make the whooshing sound every time I have to backspace.

    • December 19, 2009 at 9:04 pm

      Wear a sweater (with a thickness of your choosing) under your outside jacket while outside. Remove element-exposed jacket upon building entry. Proceed to work with sweater keeping your torso and arms warm, simultaneously (Sweater guaranteed whoosh-free; arm dexterity and maneuverability, and torso warmth also included). Upon building exit, put jacket back on.

  5. Stacy
    December 21, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Or maybe instead of all the taking on and off, I could just wear a vest. Inside AND outside. Maybe it’s laziness. Maybe that’s what vests boil down to.

    • December 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      you could wear track pants all year round in all conditions too, but no one does because it’s insane. Of course you’re going to wear shorts in the summer. Of course you wear a jacket in the winter. If we didn’t make these changes, we’d all open up a closet like Bart Simpson full of the same red shirts and blue shorts and wear the same thing everyday. You put your shoes on and off, you’d put a hat on and off, gloves… come on. It’s not about doing what you can get away with, it’s about doing what’s right. And THAT’s what it boils down to.

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