Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Great Food Truck Race?

By Kate Collins

Thanks to my niece, I have a new favorite form of mindless entertainment – “The Great Food Truck Race.” She introduced it to me this week, and since then, I’ve watched about four hours of it and can’t wait for more. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the competition. Maybe it’s watching other people deal with deadlines. Maybe it’s salivating over the yummy food they prepare. Maybe it’s because I can write my blog while it’s on and it doesn’t distract me. At any rate, it makes me wonder who thinks up these shows. A food truck race? Really?

My son and daughter have their favorites. One likes “Pickers.” The other likes “Say Yes to the Dress.” My all time favorite is "Dancing With the Stars," and I don't care who the stars are as long as my favorite Pros are on (especially Maxim. Yum). For me, it's about the dance, not the personal lives of the stars. 

Right up there with DWTS is HGTV’s “House Hunters International,” because I love to see what kind of living quarters are available all over the world. I’ve been awed by the gorgeous, modern houses in a place like Bali, and horrified by abodes in Italy.  

Why do we have such a fascination with these shows? Are we a society of Peeping Toms? Do we like to live vicariously, or, on the other hand, gratefully?

What is your favorite reality show and why? Why do you think they’re so popular?

Happy Labor Day!
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