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  1. monagatuna

    S06.E12: Whitney and Buddy Get Serious

    The third class gave us a glimpse into why I started watching this show in the first place. She learned from the first blind person, and modified her class for future blind students. She called out a wheelchair user who was absolutely rocking out. She was somewhat humble, she was empowering, she was having fun and sharing the spotlight. She kept her idiot monologue to a minimum and let other people join in. I wish we could have more of this and less of her whinging about Buddy/not having kids/not being married/fatshaming Koreans not handing over their infants for her vanity project/"this is my worst nightmare"/"if I can do this, I can do anything" bullshit. People deserve to move and enjoy their bodies in whatever way they feel most comfortable with. Everyone should know the joy of working up a good sweat. Whitney, in her small way, gave that to people in this episode, and I wish we could see more of this.
  2. monagatuna

    S09.E10: This Can Go One of Two Ways

    I wish I could love this a hundred times. People seem to think having daddy around as long as grandma is there is a-okay, but there's a long history of the courts agreeing these grandparents can't be trusted any more than the dad can. Chelsea and Cole might be boring, but no one can ever say they're not 100% doing everything they can to ensure Aubree's safety. For my part, you can take Janelle off the show, and I'll watch the Deboer family bake cookies, giggle, and play with the pets all day long, storyline or no.
  3. I am a mediocre singer at best. But I used to make the area karaoke rounds with my (much more popular and talented) friends, and I have a tried-and-true method for fooling people into thinking I'm good. Pick an earwig, a highly loved song, a nostalgia song, especially something someone hasn't thought about in a long time (I Believe in a Thing Called Love, The Bad Touch, NKOTB, I'm Too Sexy, etc.). Start the song, and by the first chorus, you should be dancing among the crowd and passing the mic around. NO ONE KNOWS you can barely hold a tune, they think you're great and everyone has a good time. Where's my show?
  4. I see someone has been spying on my "waiting for the food to be done" dance (TM). You'll be hearing from my lawyers, Whitney.
  5. monagatuna

    S09.E08: Cold War

    If you could afford one, you should get something else! The name stands for Breaking My Wallet...unfortunately many people think of them as "luxury" cars, when most of them are junk. There are a handful of models that are still good, but newer BMWs are mostly a waste of money. I didn't see most of this episode, but my guess is that simpleton Leah thinks he's wasting his money on "luxury" cars instead of caring for his kid. While he likely IS wasting money if he bought a newer BMW, it's not for the reason she's thinking.
  6. monagatuna

    S06.E10: Where's Buddy Sleeping?

    I just rejoined the climbing gym and after 3 days of easy routes, my shoulders and core are screaming. Similarly, I used to hike constantly and it was sometimes hard to keep weight on. Whit could lose a ton of weight just by starting on easy hikes and hiking consistently harder trails until she's a normal weight. That would actually be interesting and inspiring, but that would take effort, so.
  7. Well, you know that won't work. After all, a cupcake is just a small cake, and we all know she doesn't really like cake, and she DEFINITELY doesn't like small portions.
  8. Rappelling isn't even exercise, really. It's fun, and might be work for the belayer, but not much. It's all leverage. Rappelling is literally just bouncing down a cliff face. Scary if you're afraid of heights, but it's not work. She could've done the rappel at the end of the hike as a celebration, or in the middle as a break, but no reason to do all of it on the same day except to make a huge dramatic fuss on TV. @Brooklynista, spot on! You nailed it!
  9. It's so irritating! When Ashley had her kid, all she could say was "I was there! I held her leg back! I saw the baby come out!" Not a word of support for the woman who did literally all of the work. I took my partner climbing for the first time today. Actual climbing--she did the proper routes and got all the way to the top multiple times, and learned how to belay and belayed me properly instead of just making a bunch of really strong men anchor her while she took three marginally upward steps using the wrong holds. I seriously can't believe this production company and her hangers-on enable and coddle her so much. "This is my Everest," she beams, as if taking three small steps up a wall incorrectly is some great feat. I'm sure in her mind she actually did climb Everest.
  10. I can't imagine a stripper at anything other an intentionally tacky party. I've been to ladies' strip clubs (as in, the dancers were ladies) with a mixed group and it was fun; the ladies were very nice. Even the guys in our group seemed to have more fun chatting and sharing rounds of shots than anything else. But I've never seen a male stripper or ordered one to a private room or house. My partner and I, both ladies, are having a combined bachelorette and we're going wine tasting and having a spa day. Maybe it's because we are in our 30s/40s but a male revue (or a female revue, as it were) sounds so tacky and pathetic. If we were in our 20s, maybe, but even then it seems so creepy. Even my straight guy friends only go to strip clubs (AFAIK) to have the strippers thoroughly humiliate the birthday boy/bachelor. Either way it's not something anyone takes seriously or finds "senshus." At the end of the day, we live near SF and there's nothing any of us can see at a strip club that we can't see at the Folsom Street Fair.
  11. Don't they make DIY suction grab bars? No idea if they work at all though. Either way, this is a great idea. And I'm going to out myself here, but you can also get non-skid appliques as well. My grandma had a suction mat I was terrified of when I was little. I called it "The Kay" and wouldn't take a bath until it was removed. That was fine until we went to visit my great-grandma who had the non-removable ones, and I refused to take a bath, so into the washtub it was for me. This was in rural VA in the 70s--hey, maybe they can get a tin washtub for Whitney? She wouldn't fit in the little one I used. Maybe one of the ones they use as horse troughs on trails? Anyway, you're both right; falls can be lethal, and the moral of the story is get yourself a Kay.
  12. Some of them could be a riot to hang out with. I would invite Todd, Tal (and provide non-alcoholic bubbly, good on you Tal for staying sober--with these nuts I'd need to drink heavily), the new mom (her name escapes me), and the cats. And most of you guys. Think of the snark!
  13. The line in the sand is drawn with pee, I guess--the hot tub incident has everyone on the MBFFL facebook page talking about that instead of how ~*~fabulous~*~ Whitney is. So foul! Also, I saw the replay of Tal rolling his ankle--OUCH. It's no wonder it's the size of a grapefruit. He's not going to anything-a-thon. I'm not there in the show yet, but does Whitney mention how they're getting back? I hear 5 mile bike ride to the trailhead, then 5 mile hike-rappel. Then, another 5 miles home? Did they really do 15 miles round trip? Whitney notwithstanding, most people wouldn't do that unless they were relatively fit already. Of this group, that might be Todd, and MAYBE Tal. Definitely not the parents or Boo Bear or Eeyore, to say nothing of Whitney herself.
  14. Just a heads-up, I've seen the word "repel" used when what is meant is "rappel." You rappel down a cliff. "Repel" is what Whitney does to just about everyone she encounters.
  15. The easier tracks are like climbing a ladder. She could've done a 5.3 or 5.4 without much trouble. If you look at the guy behind her (previously referenced) you can tell he's a climber. He's using his legs to propel himself upwards while using his hands to stabilize himself. Meanwhile Twit is rocking back and forth trying to haul her 400 pounds upward with her forearms (first time I tried doing that, the next day my arm cramped up reaching for a doorknob). A typical normal sized person could make it to the top doing a track within their abilities, even if they are not climbers or particularly fit. I'm not afraid of heights but it is intimidating to make that first fall. Another note: those holds? They're color coded. You follow the hold in your color scheme. It's planned that way for a reason. Whitney just grabs any hold in front of her. Like any other thing she tries, she cheats.