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Reality Bites

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The scream I heard coming from the living room… was not so much a scream of writhing pain but more like a mournful wail from deep within one‘s soul. Definitely a cry worthy of  my putting down the People magazine, to ensure no one was bleeding on my cream colored carpet. I followed the scream until I found my two youngest children rolling around on the floor fighting over the remote. As I pulled them off of each other, my youngest yelled out, “I can’t take it any more. All Zoe watches is Toddlers & Tiaras. Make her change the channel!”  “Oooo, Toddlers & Tiaras.” I exclaimed in delight. “Move over Zoe and I’ll watch it with you.” Judge me all  you want. . .but in Casa de Kane, Toddlers & Tiaras has the making of a fantastic hour of television viewing! In fact, my girls and I have turned reality T.V. watching, into a world-class sporting event.  From newlywed little people, to brides with bad attitudes, to Kate (minus Jon) plus 8 - we’ve spent the summer peaking into the lives of people we don’t know and will likely never know. And we’ve loved every freak show minute of it!Of course, there are those few (or should I say two) amongst us, who look down upon our viewing habits. We refer to them as the …television snobs.They claim to spend their time watching political commentaries or the History Channel.  But they doth protest a little too much…seeing that, we often find them hovering (in the back of the room) as the Housewives of New Jersey duke it out while lunching at the country club. “Want to watch with us?” “Of course not,” they declare in a disgusted huff. Therefore, the fall from grace, was just that much sweeter when it did happen…So, I was driving around Memphis on July 4th weekend, trying to find the new Costco. Somehow, I took a wrong turn and ended up on Lamar Avenue. All of a sudden my 7 year old (the narc) yelled out “Look Mama, it’s Lamar Avenue! Umm, I don’t think you should be on this street. I saw this man and he got arrested on Lamar Avenue for catching a mattress on fire. He was fighting with this other man, about this lady, and then the neighbor called the police and then he took his cigarette and ….”“Neill, how do you know all this?” “Daddy and I saw it on Policewomen of Memphis.” “Really? When do you and Daddy watch that?” “We watch it after we are done watching Mall Cops.” Oh - - how the mighty have fallen!You can contact Angel Kane at And to read more of Angel’s and Becky’s columns go to and hit Columns & Blogs.  
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