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  1. S06.E08: Ready to Run

    I agree with this, but more important, I'm amazed at the craftsmanship. If I ever wrote a paragraph this well constructed, I'd include it on my resume.
  2. House Hunters International: All Around the World

    I don't know if y'all are familiar with the FI/RE movement--Financially Independent and Retired Early--and those people won't be paying into social security. I have only glancing familiarity with the whole thing, but I wouldn't be surprised if they don't worry about not paying in to social security because they're not sure it's going to be around when they become eligible. Of course, the most successful FI/RE people have blogs that they have monetized, so if they're declaring that income they are paying into social security, but it's not something they're keen on divulging because blogging at that level is work. I don't know if the Mexico people are FI/RE types, but there are a surprising number of them out there, and the tech sector is a common breeding ground--lots of income and a booming market to invest it in, lots of equity in houses (Seattle and Silicon Valley), and no experience with the future.
  3. S07.E28: Modern Families

    I thought the speculation at the time was that if he was fooling around with anyone in New Orleans, it wasn't women.
  4. S01.E23: Now What?

    I'm sure I was influenced by the outside of that apartment (I hate that style), but it didn't seem high end to me. When the agent opened the front door, it wasn't painted on the edge. The unit was clean and roomy, but the neglect of little things like paint on the edge of a door doesn't read "high end" to me. Many years ago, I ran a quick errand and just grabbed some money on my way out of the house, and got pulled over for speeding. I didn't have my license with me, but knew the number, so the cop ran it and saw I wasn't wanted or anything. He gave me a ticket for not presenting my license, but not for speeding, and told me that I could get the no-license ticket dismissed by taking my license to the judge. I always wondered if the cop would have given me a speeding ticket if he hadn't been able to impose the no-license hassle on me. So it occurred to me that it might be a good tactic to claim not to have my license if I got pulled over again, even if I did have it, and see if the same thing might happen. And if things got sketchy, I could say, "Wait, let me look again." But I never had the nerve to actually try it. And nowadays, there would probably have to be a court date set and $250 in administrative fees for the dismissal. I do know that if I lost my license, I wouldn't hesitate to drive myself to get a new one. And it might not be the very first thing on my agenda. But obviously that's not what's going on with Sean.
  5. S07.E28: Modern Families

    That happened to a friend and me when we were about 10, I'd guess, in the mid-1960s. I just sloughed it off, which was probably good training for putting up with assholes in the future. Maybe he didn't want to go anywhere else, and brought the magazine to keep himself occupied. I do the same thing when I drive mountainbike shuttles--drop them off, go to the pickup point, and relish the opportunity to chip away at the never-ending backlog of New Yorkers for a few hours. I would come out of such an effort with two severed hands. Kudos to you, and Butch.
  6. House Hunters International: All Around the World

    He was funny, too. That whole episode was a hoot because of the friends and the agent, and they need a straight man so the HH needed to be there, I guess. I laughed out loud at the agent's guffaw when she was hiking up the mattress to close the closet door, and when the hot friend jumped right on that Tony Little Gazelle machine and stayed on it during the conversation. Even the long shot later--you could see him real small in the back gliding away. And smacking that bed--whack whack--when she asked where the living space was. I want him to be my friend. I watched this episode in particular because the description mentioned the small space, and knowing that spaces in China tend to be small, I was interested in spaces that are notably small. And this episode delivered on that front.
  7. S07.E28: Modern Families

    Oh. McKinney. I thought Maci was channeling her inner Mary Richards, and adjusting for square footage. What was even better was that it was a cartoon from The New Yorker. lol! I thought that was such a pretentious moment. He couldn't hang out with Gary in the kitchen? No he had to prove how sophisticated and intelligent he is by reading The New Yorker to his infant son. I've been a good girl and haven't been watching the show, but surfed by and thought, "I turn my back for five seconds and Amber's boyfriend is reading The New Yorker?" And then he's describing a cartoon to the baby! I howled. I like that things are casual and familiar enough there for people to do their own thing. I know I would bring a New Yorker with me if I were spending the day at Gary's watching a baby while Amber teaches Leah how to shave her legs. And the highlight of this discussion is someone whipping out "dodecahedron." I love watermelon, and have never seen it in that form before. Not sure I want to again. It looked like a uterus. But props to Butch for his mad knifing skills. I can't stand Maci but I don't fault her for letting her 9-year-old walk up the driveway by himself. Even a long driveway. Lucky for them they have some sort of custom shower, because that scene would never have worked in a regular tub/shower with that particular cast. At least they didn't have to rent an Air BnB to do it. I do worry about Leah. Gary's obese, and I'm not sure where Amber stands now because I barely look at her, but she's had weight issues, and that's where Leah's genes come from. Christina, the one who acts as her mother, is fat. I fear the deck is stacked against her.
  8. S06.E08: Ready to Run

    I couldn't agree more. It's the height of tackiness, and beneath even Eric. Watch that. Back when 16 & Pregnant first aired, TWOP posters donated to a fund for Catelynn and Tyler because those two just needed a little help to get into college and escape their backgrounds. We saw how that turned out. I actually think it was people associated with the show who did it. Or I might not actually think it, but it wouldn't surprise me. If you're talking about the scene in the pharmacy, it looked like he didn't understand what the amount was, and was asking her to write it down, and she wouldn't do it. I see producer involvement in that, too, because putting numbers in writing is a common way to overcome language barriers. Again with producer involvement. Everything she wears is a disturbing wardrobe malfunction. Surely she gained weight and hasn't bought new clothes, because I can't imagine picking outfits that fit that horribly.
  9. S05.E11: James K's Story

    She seemed so unhappy and fed up at the end of the original episode. And since she's the one taking care of him, I actually felt a little sorry for her. But it's becoming obvious she's not 100% victim. Then again, that means there must be something wonky in her brain/thinking, which also tends to make me feel sorry for her. But if I give that a pass, then I should probably give James a little bit of a pass because there's clearly something wonky in his brain/thinking, and I just don't think I'm willing to do that. I'm really thankful for these discussions (45 pages on this one!) to keep me straight. Although it leads me down the path of wondering whether some lives just aren't worth it. If the only way Lisa has to be content or even happy is to keep James immobile, then what kind of life is that? Not one I'd want, that's for sure. I can't imagine. I have this crazy nose that can detect what I call a "sleeping smell," where I can tell if somebody doesn't take a shower in the morning. Even people who bathe the night before--if they don't wash their hair, I can easily detect it, and even if they do, I have to get kind of close but I have a good track record. Anything longer than that and I don't even have to be very close. It's a gross skill to have. I'm grateful that it's not so keen that it goes through the TV. Or maybe not, because it would keep me from occasionally stopping on shows like this while surfing around. I can't say my life is better knowing about James and Lisa; I can't even muster up any feelings of superiority, because they're such a train wreck.
  10. S05.E11: James K's Story

    I found it odd that Lisa blatantly lied about how much food she was giving him, but thought it might be like those situations where kidnap victims don't run away from their captors, and people on the outside have a hard time understanding it. Something had to explain why she was doing it, and it never occurred to me it was because she wanted to. Man, this show has some crazy people on it.
  11. S05.E11: James K's Story

    I don't normally watch this show, but surfed by this episode and of course couldn't turn away. All this talk about the WLS, and Mr. Outlier said the operation James really needs is to cut his vocal cords so he can't whine if Lisa doesn't bring him the food he wants. Then the pounds would melt away.
  12. S06.E07: Flirting With Disaster

    I was initially impressed by that, too, but then realized he had a crew from The Learning Channel with him. They may not have been clearing the way for him, but it's not like he was all alone. I agree that Eric should have done the talking, but he didn't/wouldn't/won't because he's an ineffectual schlub who thinks things magically occur. How many times did he say, "We'll have to work that out" during the discussion with Tasha and Leida? You're having that discussion right now, dimwit. So much of it could be made clearer, but the producers intentionally don't do that. I assume it's because they think the "drama" will draw viewers. But I'm the opposite--I'm in until such shenanigans make me feel unreasonably manipulated. For example, what did Tasha agree to with respect to moving out, and what did she do to accomplish it? Who left that apartment in that state? What exactly did Eric tell Leida her living situation would be? Our judgment of the various talent could (and probably should) change depending on the answers to those questions, and we're not given that information. There's a lot of speculation here, and that can be kind of fun, but only up to a point for me, and then I'm out. It's not like they lack sufficient air time to give us a clearer picture, considering all the flashbacks they show. So they do it on purpose, and I have enough real things to get roiled up without having reality TV honchos manufacturing fake ones. But what I mainly enjoy about these shows is talking about them with y'all. What bugs me is that the caliber of discussion would be just as high if we were dealing with known facts, so there's no reason in my world for the shenanigans, and in fact these shenanigans can detract from the discussion.
  13. S06.E07: Flirting With Disaster

    That's part of my point. The 8-10 days shouldn't have mattered because it was my impression she had agreed to move well before that, but just hadn't done it. That's on her, and it's on Eric for not making her follow through. Of course, he apparently doesn't have much to bargain with, although he said he was picking up her part of bills and rent, so he's got something. This is where a decent host on an after show could do some real good. Ask Eric and Tasha separately if Tasha had agreed to move out, and if so, the pertinent dates, and then compare their answers. But if the producers wanted us to know this, they would have told us already, so that's not gonna happen. I don't think Leida was acting as a parent, but more as a roommate to another adult. But that makes me wonder what Eric's role should be with respect to Tasha, if they're splitting the rent and she's acting more like a roommate than his child. And maybe Tasha was polite because she knew she should have already moved out. But I can't get into her head at all because there's no way I would let my place be a pig sty like that. Maybe Eric did do it all and she didn't add to it but let it stay that way to punish Leida--I don't think that's what happened, but even if it did, I couldn't do that if it meant I had to live in it in the meantime. I do know that if I were in Leida's position, I'd be pissed about having to clean that sty in order to make it habitable, and after that still be sharing the apartment and having my kid sleeping on an air mattress next to my bed. Leida failed at being polite, but that's minor compared to the failures that have led them to be in this position in the first place.
  14. S06.E07: Flirting With Disaster

    But I recall that in the earlier episodes, Eric said he'd told Tasha she needed to move out, and she hadn't done it. And Tasha did say she'd been putting in applications, so she apparently was in agreement that she was going to move, and Eric said he'd been not making her pay part of the rent or the bills so she could use that money to get her own place. Yet the imminent arrival of Leida and her son still didn't light a fire under her. If that's the case, then I'm fine with Leida being the bad cop on this. In fact, I was glad she was doing it because it's clear that Eric wasn't going to do it, and Tasha was in no hurry to move, and as far as I know, Leida wasn't led to expect that she'd arrive at a dirty apartment with her son sleeping on an air mattress in her bedroom with her new lover (ick). I think he was hoping Tasha would have moved out by the time Leida arrived, but she didn't. So now what? That's when he comes up with setting Tasha up in a weekly motel, which seems cruel, but the path to that point was littered with people not doing what they were supposed to be doing--especially Tasha. And Leida wasn't responsible for any of it, except forcing the issue, which needed to be done with this crowd. Yes, she was rude to Tasha, and I suppose there's a kinder way to tell someone you've just met, "You need to go," but I understand her frustration. I think the Tasha apple didn't fall far from the Eric tree, and both of them engage in magical thinking, like Tasha was hoping Leida wouldn't actually show up so she wouldn't actually have to move, and Eric was thinking Tasha would be in a different place by the time Leida showed up even though she wasn't doing anything that actually indicated she was moving. I assumed the hormonal part, anyway, was from being around the pregnant woman, which Steven was not. I feel bad for Olga. She seems pretty with it and capable, and Steven just doesn't. However, is this constant hand washing the thing now? I thought humans are supposed to be exposed to germs. Not dip-in-a-cesspool level germs, but one of the times she was on him about it, he'd just driven them from the hospital to home, which would be more everyday germs. Like steven, lol. He looks like a teenage boy that smokes and that smells of stale smoke. my opinion. Eric looks like a smoker to me. I don't think he does smoke, but that's what I picture when I think of smokers, especially the nicotine-colored hair. David Poor looks as sickly, but doesn't look like a smoker to me.
  15. S06.E06: Not What I Thought

    I'm thinking maybe he hasn't always been like this. Between what seems like an early (possibly medical) retirement from the military and looking MUCH older than his stated 40, I think something has gone terribly wrong with him. I wish we'd teach them that they should think highly of themselves as they naturally look. Or, actually, that they can think highly of themselves even if they're not naturally stunning looking. You know, like men do. I don't see any of that kind of confidence with Fernanda. I just saw a documentary about a guy who's walking every street in all five boroughs of New York City, and there was a cameo appearance by another guy who's doing the same thing. The main guy is white, and the guy in the cameo is black (Jamaican, as it turns out), and there was a little bit of discussion about how they have to approach the task differently. The black guy carries a book and never wears a hoodie. And they said people approached the main guy a lot more when the camera (just one, with no sound person) was following him than when he's walking alone, even though he has this natural demeanor that makes him supremely approachable even without a camera around.