Telly

So, Qristyl left us last week with a dress the judges deemed boring and aging.  I agree with the former, but not the latter.  That model already kind of  looked ‘old’ and I really didn’t think the dress added to her age in any way.  Sometimes I think the judges are too in love with short short.   Also, as you know, I don’t mind boring.  Though I realize it’s a competition and being innovative is a huge part of the undertaking.  It’s hard for me to see — until the cameras really zoom in — some of the flaws in sewing the judges point out.  I wish Lifetime (and, previously, Bravo) would do something to give the viewers greater understanding of what the clothes REALLY look like.  For example, I actually thought Logan’s dress was kinda cool until the cameras zoomed in during judging to reveal the lace craptastical.  Eeks! 

And this week Johnny bit it on the probably-dreaded crazy ‘fabric’ project, which required designers to make a piece out of newspaper.  I really love these nutty projects because I think it especially highlights the innovation, creativity and general genius-ness of the designers.  I was so far from disappointed.  I thought the trenchcoat was damn amazing, the feather-y ball gown was stunning, and Althea’s brilliant and meticulate shift was awe-inspiring.  I loved this episode.  And, again, Johnny needed to go.  I don’t even really care about whether he was lying (probably the only time you’ll ever hear me say that), but he bugged because he just really bored me.  I really just didn’t want to hear anything else from his mouth, or see any of the things he produced. 

Moving on…I’ve developed an annoying habit of waking up between the hours of 3 a.m to 5 a.m. to watch ‘Without a Trace’ on TNT.  I can’t really articulate why I like this show so much, but I clearly do.  There was a problem with the episode I watched tonight, though.  Well, actually, the episode kinda grated on me from the beginning — it seemed forced.  But the articulable super bug was when Agent Johnson (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) said to Agent Malone (Anthony LaPaglia) that so-and-so had been ‘exonerated’ from a charge of child kidnapping because the police had failed to Miranda-ize him before getting some sort of (presumable inculpatory) statement.  Johnson went on to characterize these events as the defendant being released on a ‘technicality.’  There are so many things wrong with these things that they really — even at 4 a.m. — irked me.  I know that I am some sort of prosecutor, but I don’t think even the most zealous among us would call failing to Miranda-ize someone a ‘technicality.’  Truthfully, I don’t even know what anyone means by a ‘technicality.’  Generally, I think folks mean anything that prevents the defendant from getting the death penalty but also fails to demonstrate conclusively the defendant’s absolute innocence.  And this brings me to part two of the bug-ster with Johnson’s narrative.  Exonerated?  On a Miranda violation?  WHAT?  Exonerated does not mean ‘let go’ or ‘released.’  It means that it has been demonstrated that the person did not commit the crime.  It means that physical evidence concludes that the person could not have done it, it means someone else has confessed that he was the lone gun man, it means that the accused was not in the country at the time of the offense.  It does not mean that the person was released because of a Miranda violation.  And any federal agent with the experience of Johnson would never, ever confuse the term.  And this bugged me so much, I suspect, because I feel that the show is usually well-written and smart.  And this was just dumb.

I want to post about all of the loss that we have — collectively and individually — suffered as of late, but I think I need more time.

Happy Rosh Hashannah, all!

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11 Responses to “Telly”


  1. 1 Jane September 18, 2009 at 8:37 am

    This reminded me of your uncle. He used to go nuts when TV shows couldn’t or wouldn’t get the legal stuff correct. Then there would be the clients whose entire knowledge of the law came from TV telling him how things should go in court. As you can imagine, he took those suggestions with complete acceptance. NOT. Hope you have a good relaxing weekend.

  2. 2 gracieandkate September 18, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Aw, Janey, thanks! I always think of Mike and my dad when I hear stuff like that…wanting someone to commiserate with. Aaron’s pretty top-notch for it, but at 4 am, he was fast asleep. Someone should be.

  3. 3 rose September 18, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Kate–can you not get Without a Trace on Netflix?? I used to watch it (it used to air on Sunday nights at 10pm which for some reason was a perfect time for me…trying to stretch out my weekend by watching TV as late as possible), but waking up in the middle of the night seems a little crazy to me….

    Yay for the fall! (as in the season)
    and yay for rockband beatles!

  4. 4 gracieandkate September 18, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Yay for Rose!

    Yeah, 10 pm on Sundays would be PERfect. I suppose I could Netflix it…Hadn’t thought of that. Why is it, though, that TV marathons are always better on tv, even though you have to suffer through commercials?

    Also, everyone, Sarayu just adopted the cutest wheaten terrier (besides Clancy, Bally, Murphy and Ceilidh of course) ever and is looking for a name…Ideas, anyone? He’s a total peanut.

  5. 5 Kristin September 19, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Wally? For the dog. I heard it the other day on TV (for a dog) and thought it was adorbs.

    Hello from the beach everyone! The beach in the fall is tops, IMO. It’s just beautiful here.

  6. 6 gracieandkate September 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Jealous of beautiful. Actually, our weather has been nice, but I’m ready for cooler temps and I can’t remember the last time we had a thunderstorm. Or even a drop of rain.

    And the end of that Packer game was a turn from the most awesomest awesome to a total craptastical pissfest. Excuse my language.

  7. 7 Sara H September 21, 2009 at 8:34 am

    “total craptastical pissfest” – so apt.

  8. 8 Heather September 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    what beach are you on, kristin?

    i thought the dog’s name was laredo–did sarayu not like it? well, there’s always fenway. dale annd i almost adopted a dog just because it was named fenway. but, he turned out to be too mouthy. and by mouthy, the humane society meant that he ate your ankles.

    i just read that kimberly williams named her kid jasper, which i like for both a dog and a kid.

  9. 9 gracieandkate September 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Yeah, she didn’t like Laredo. And the rescue woman had just made it up anyway. It’s not like most rescue dogs come to the places and announce their names. Well, at least I wouldn’t think so. When we got Grace, the crazy woman told us her name was Kiley. (A) I wasn’t a fan of it and (B) Grace didn’t respond to it at all. So, that went out the window quickly.

    Sarayu went with Grover, but now has changed to Rufus. I like both.

    Aaron’s friend Zack told us not long ago that he’d read that dogs really respond best to names ending in an ie sound. No idea if that is true or not, but there you have it.

    And I believe Fee is on the Jersey shore somewhere…

  10. 10 Kristin September 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Yes, I am in Ocean City, NJ. Just got back from the beach. Another bee-yoo-tiful day.

    I like Grover and Rufus, both, also. I also think Harry is a very cute name for a dog, and it fits the ie rule.

  11. 11 Sarayu September 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for all the ideas! Fenway or Harry would’ve been adorable. So far Rufus/ Grover has worked out pretty well. Hopefully there’ll be no eating of ankles in the future. I find my ankles useful.


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