I'm a little slow today. I just switched to Sanka. So...have a heart?

Sunday, June 11, 2006

See me read a book. See me get addicted to watching QVC.

In a fit of impulse shopping the other day, I went to Sunset Place. Afterwards, I complained about kids.

While I was at Barnes & Noble, I picked up up Sellevision, by one of my favorite authors, Augusten Burroughs.

I don't love the book -- this one is more fiction-y than his other books which were more semi-autobiographical. I still sort of like the book, but, like I said... eh. I'm setting myself up to be dissapointed with the David Sedaris edited compilation that I have lined up after Sellevision.

Anyway, Sellevision is about the goings-on behind a Television Home Shopping Network.

Through the book, he peppers descriptions of people with accessories from the Sellevision network. In the beginning, I didn't like it. As the book wears on, though, I'm liking it more: Then, they cut back to Peggy Jean who was smiling and holding a wooden ruler, the earrings displayed on a black velvet stand before her. 'This is item J-0415 and they are our trillion-cut amethyst lever-back earrings, priced at a very affordable forty-nine-ninety five. I just want to give you a measurement here,' Peggy Jean said while she continued to smile broadly, placing the ruler against one of the gemstone earrings.
Cut to a macro shot, Camera One. On the monitor, Peggy Jean's fingers were each larger than a loaf of Wonder Bread as she positioned the ruler, displaying for the viewers at home that, 'This is gonna measure about, well, a little more than eight-sixteenths of an inch across and...' She measured the vertical. '...about one inch from top to bottom.' Her manicure was absolutely flawless.

Or:

"WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TELLING ME, HOWARD? HMMM?" Leigh was blinking back tears, arms folded tightly across her chest, bold Stampato bracelet layered on her arm with a sterling-Greek Key two-inch-wide cuff.

I'm watching QVC right now... Item J-45238, Terling Turqouise heart, with a toggle loop, circular loop chain, 18 1/4", Lariat Necklace, Retail Value $100.00 and QVC Price 69.00.

They keep cutting back and forth to Sheila, a South-Asian (Possibly Polynesian) model, wearing a brown dress with a turquoise pashmina shawl, draped with turquoise jewelery.

As I watch the show, the lady I'm watching, Lisa, is like Peggy Jean from the show. A plump, intolerant Christian lady, with a nice manicure on her fat sausage fingers. It's fascinating listening to these sad people calling in to QVC, and hearing Lisa pretend like she's paying attention to the callers. And it's even more fascinating watching Lisa obviously listen to her hidden earpiece, and watching her take visual cues from a director behind the cameras. I've already seen two wooden rulers come out in the course of watching this blog. Lisa loves her Faber-Castell ruler.

Everyone calling in, sounds heavily medicated, heavily smoked out, very lonely, and very southern. Sort of like Miz Ruth in Fried Green Tomatoes when she's laying on her death bed, asking Idgie Threadgood to tell her the story about the lake over there in Alabama. If you ever want me to tell you the story, I'd be happy to. I've only seen the movie, oh, about eighty three times.
Idgie:  "ONE TIME...THERE WAS THIS LAKE. AND, UH, IT WAS
RIGHT OUTSIDE OF TOWN. WE USED TO GO FISHIN' AND SWIMMIN'
AND CANOEIN' IN IT. AND SEE, ONE NOVEMBER... THIS BIG
FLOCK OF DUCKS...CAME IN AND LANDED ON THAT LAKE AND,
UH...AND THEN THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED SO FAST THAT
THE LAKE JUST FROZE RIGHT THERE.

AND THE, UH...THE DUCKS, THEY...FLEW OFF, YOU
SEE, AND TOOK THAT LAKE WITH 'EM.

AND, (Ruth dies.) UH...NOW THEY SAY THAT LAKE
IS SOMEWHERE OVER IN GEORGIA. CAN YOU IMAGINE ?

Sipsy: IT'S ALL RIGHT, HONEY. LET HER GO.
LET HER GO. YOU KNOW, MISS RUTH WAS A LADY.
AND A LADY ALWAYS KNOWS...WHEN TO LEAVE.
The moral of that particular story, is that lake ended up clear over in Georgia. Or that a lady always knows when to leave. I'm not really sure - I'm always fascinated by that scene because then Sipsy stops the clocks. I'm not sure whether she covers the mirrors right now, maybe I'm imagining that because that's what Jews do when someone dies. Oh, incidentally, it's my grandmother's 6- year Yahrtzeit today. Time certainly flies - But I digress...

I'm concerned. There's something so... sad about watching the home shopping channel. And I can see how the "sadness factor" might really suck me in. Sort of like how I started watching Rachel Ray distainfully, and now I love her.

So. Although I sometimes have the propensity to turn into a weekend hermit, especially after a rough Friday night out, if I start turning down plans, because I have to watch QVC, I really want you to stage an intervention.

Oh NO! I might have to get this! The Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Hairspray kit. He has managed to take flat, boring, Northern Hair, and by making the ladies spray their hair with their heads upside down, he's turned their hair from flat, drab and boring, to Mayonnaise-based-salad, fans in Church and sweet-tea-riffic hair that Delta Burke, Dixie Carter and Paula Deen would all be proud of!

The bottom line is, I would urge all of you to turn on the Home Shopping Channel. You will not be disappointed.

11 Comments:

Blogger JB said...

I think it's kind of amusing that HSN headquarters is located in St. Pete....also known as God's waiting room....and likely where many, many of their orders originate from....

10:16 PM

 
Blogger JB said...

Oh yeah-- one more useless tidbit-- one of my boyfriend's friend's step-mom used to be a hand model for HSN. With the fat sausage fingers, and the perfect manicure, and all that shit...

10:19 PM

 
Anonymous Kamil said...

Paula Deen YES. Rachel Ray NO.

In other news, my really good friend Anna Moschet (who's currently beginning year 2 of her Peace Corps commitment in Kyrgyzstan, which is only funny cause she's a 5'2" blondie with blue eyes from Minnesota), well, her mom really sells bundt pans on QVC (insert clip of Maria Portokalos trying to pronounce "bundt" in My Big Fat Greek Wedding).

So, summary: if you need a hookup for bundt pans, just holla.

6:58 AM

 
Blogger SuperBee said...

Holla. I was watching Dave Lieberman the other day grill some sponge cake, and I thought to myself, I thought: "Bee -- Why don't you have a bundt pan?!"

And I had no answer for myself.

7:08 AM

 
Blogger Jessica said...

OMG, I thught the SAME thing, Bee!!! That's the episode I made the lamb burgers and cabbage salad from... amaaaaazing!
Yeah, the HSN headquarters are pretty close to my house... they're on this huge ridic sprawling campus, so strange...

7:11 AM

 
Blogger SuperBee said...

All you Tampa/St.Pete/Clearwaterers... why do I have such a FOLLOWING on Florida's Lame Hurri-Coast? :) I'm not complaining, though. I love all of you, dear readers.

Can you get me the hand model's autograph? Now THAT'S celebrity!

9:45 AM

 
Blogger JB said...

Lame? At least we speak English up here, buddy.... Perhaps that's the reason for the following?? ;-)

11:54 AM

 
Blogger SuperBee said...

I was kidding with you, Harriet the Spy. You and Jess are up there. And I must say, I do love the Tampa/St. Pete area. If I lived anywhere else in Florida, it would be Bayshore Drive in Tampa. Mmmm. Bayshore Drive... In a pretty '20s era mansion. That would not be buffeted by Hurricanes.

Good luck with Alberto, by the way! :)

12:08 PM

 
Blogger Rootietoot said...

I've never owned a bundt pan, but I grill pound cake all the time.

HSN scares me. I have kinfolk (that's Southern for 'relatives') who actually bought another trailer to move into because the first one was full-up with shit from HSN. Except for one room, and it was full of pringles cans because 'you never know...'

12:55 PM

 
Blogger SuperBee said...

That. Is awesome. Next time you have a family reunion, and they're gonna be there, let me know!! I want to come! I'll bring the porcini risotto and the strawberry claflouti. I'll totally "blend." Naw - people will think I'm charming! They always think I'm charming.

Pringles cans. Fabulous.

2:00 PM

 
Blogger MM said...

1) QVC is way better than HSN, no comparison!!!

2) Fried Green Tomatoes- what a tearjerker. Love it!!!!!

11:13 AM

 

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