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yet another obsession, and today's notes

All day I was wondering what (other than going to work in a timely fashion and staying late to make up for a week and a half at fat camp 2006 [family first!] doing nothing) would occupy my obsessive viewing habits now that the World Cup (which filled the SIFF void) had ended in an exciting (but disappointing, on several levels [you'd think I could pick one team to win, by the fourth try]) finale. Thankfully (for me, and comcast), a whole new season of Project Runway (a.k.a., best reality series of all time) starts tonight. Thankfully (for my productivity), it will take up only one hour of the week.


Sad (/interesting) note of the day: I learned that the Bagel Deli's fried cinnamon-covered bagels, were, in fact, inspired by East Lansing's own (depressingly departed) Bagel Fragel. However, the owner says that he'll never make them with cinnamon raisin bagels, because people here have gotten used to the substandard plain version.


Since I'm still readjusting to the pacific daylight time, I might try to temporarily become one of those people who goes to the gym in the morning. Starting tomorrow. Maybe.


I caught about half of last season of Project Runway and liked it, so I think I'll invest in this season too. It was startling to me that I enjoyed it because I've never had any interest in fashion, especially high-level fashion with all of its flamboyance and eccentricity.
to a large extent, I don't think that the best part of the show is related to fashion. For me, it's mainly that it's one of the few reality competitions where the contestants are all required to be really talented [sorry, America's Got Talent!, et c.] and able to be both creative and competent on what seems like really tight deadlines. The stakes seem so high, in that they're basically making art on demand, in public, for immediate criticism, under serious constraints, and under a lot of pressure. Plus, many of them turn out to be pretty compelling personalities.

Maybe it's because I know nothing about making clothing, but going from concept to exeecution in such a short time seems amazing in and of itself. Then again, I further plead ignorance: I suspect that many of the show's models could put on clothes found on the street corner after a week in the rain and still sell it as total hotness.
Agreed. Yea! Another Project Runway fan!

That's why Project Runway and the Amazing Race are really the only reality TV shows I like - both involve a compelling challenge.....
the Amazing Race is pretty much the only reality show that I'd like to be on. Now that I'm too old for the Real World and have given up on my dreams of becoming a top model, that is.
We are going to have an Amazing Race party for the start of the new season....perhaps you should join us to watch it on the big screen. :)