Monday, April 30, 2007

Poison On My Television

With my first "actual" post in quite awhile, I'll most likely get myself in trouble. Oh, well. If there was one thing that I learned in college, well at least something that I actually use today - Your dirty laundry is best aired in a public forum. That little tidbit, courtesy of Jerry Springer. I still wonder who Shanequa Baby Daddy is though?

Way back in the day - Before Baba Ganoush started working for The Man, I worked in social services. I didn't have 2 nickels to rub together, and lived on Ramen Noodles, but I was doing good work. Anyway, while working with kids for several years, my personal mission statement was simple - Every moment is a teaching moment. With that in mind, you will surely understand my concern with the recent transgressions at Mi Casa.

I have addressed this issue with my wife several times, and things seem to be getting worse. She has left me with no other choice than to call her out here and subject her to public ridicule.

We try not to let our kids watch too much TV, but what I continually catch her letting my future All-American football player watch can only be described as a blatant sign of defiance.

This morning was the straw that broke Baba's back. Lil' Dude was watching some "educational" show about garbage me. What they do, how they do it, etc..... In short, the program was glorifying a garbage man's job. Now I know we need future garbage men, just like we need future CEOs. I'd just like to shoot a little higher for our kids than the next great "garbage person" - I guess I should be politically correct here, because if my wife has it her way, our little girl will be in waste management as well.

This all started long ago. There were 2 things I put my foot down on when this whole kid thing started - The Wiggles and Teletubbies.

The more evil and developmentally detrimental of the two is a debate that has raged in my circle for decades, well just a few years, but you get the point. They are both unacceptable, but creepy middle aged men always trump strange creatures with TVs on their stomachs talking in some nonsensical language.

True, I thought it was cute the first time he asked, "I watch Wiggle?" It was just that though, cute. It was in no way a request that was going to be met by his Dad.

What do I continue to find recorded on our DVR - The Wiggles! She obviously won't listen to reason, and I can't divorce her for this. So I have resorted to this. Well, this, and erasing them before they teach anyone in my household that creepy, strange, middle-aged men are friendly and fun.

So, let the public ridicule begin!

Baba Ganoush, OUT!


JLee said...

I have a confession to make. I used to love the Teletubbies! My daughter watched it when she was younger and they drew me in with their hypnotic repetitious language and bright colors. Damn them!!

Jenny! said...

I hate those programs!!! They are fricking scary. I have kind of the same problem at home. My baby daddy stays home with our son while I work, I kindly request that he be limited to the amount of TV watched...but I find that they watch a SHITLOAD of TV. They don't watch those types of programs, but they watch Star Wars and other not 2 year old appropriate shows and I don't want my son being exposed to violence/fighting (even if it is unrealistic). I think that we need to lock up your wife and my fiance and make them watch hours and hours and hours of the Teletubbies and Garbage men shows so that they won't ever make our innocent children watch those again!

Baba Ganoush said...

JLee - At this point, I would settle for the Teletubbies, if it meant getting rid of those creepy guys.

Jenny - I thought my little guy would like Star Wars too, but had to turn it when they started shooting, cutting people in half, and what not!

Beth said...

You must be VERY busy Baba, cuz you aint never around anymore!

I hate those shows and my youngest is 12...not that he watches those shows, cuz he doesn't....but I still hate 'em. the wiggle creeps me out...those are GROWN ASS MEN!!!

sAssY brOwn said...

You've obviously never seen Veggie Tales. I'm sure Jesus would weep if he saw it.

angry ballerina said...


Baba Ganoush said...

Beth - Yeah, had a lot going on lately. Good news is, now I have stored up enough blogging material for the rest of the year.

Sassy Brown - You are correct. After a very quick yahoo search, I can say I may have it not so bad with The Wiggles! Don't forget. "God Made YOU Special."

Certainly weeping indeed!

Angry B - One day you'll have kids too, and you can join the fight against The Wiggles!

Evil Spock said...

I still think you need to change this blog to "Choco Bear's Musings" since I call you Choco Bear now.

Just telling it like it is said...

well I understand where you are comming from...every moment in my life is a teaching moment and well I can't control it... I wish I could... my son whow is almost 12 rs. old...say " Why oh Why does my mom have to be an ER nurse"... I live to torchure him really... cause well it is my job..

angry ballerina said...

Um...I won't have kids Baba. Thanks for twisting that knife in my back.

Baba Ganoush said...

Evil Spook - Choco Bear will never stick!

Like It Is - Must be nice. I am the one receiving all the torture right now!

Angry B - There are many forms of "having kids," and many ways to have them. Parenthood is an all-consuming entity.

HeatherLynn said...

Mr. Ganoush,

Um, I don't have kids...but I have friends who do, and when I'm over at their houses and am subjected to programming such as this....and that dreaded Barney...I just can't believe where television has gone.

Frankly...I watched sesame Street, the smurfs, fraggle rock, and the muppet show (yeah, there's a jim henson theme here)....and I don't recall ever being creeped out by these shows. They normally taught you a number, letter or some sort of moral about good and evil....why can't they bring back the good stuff...and end the shows that have us watching totally wierdo people dance around and pretend that the way they are acting is normal. It's not, and never will be.

But...I'm cynical...I'm not a parent.


angry ballerina said...

I don't want to have a family. Choco Bear.

Lulu (Dan's cat) said...

You silly humans shoud stop watching TV. Nothing but crap on it. Come over to my place and we'll watch the landscapers cut grass (we'll learning Spanish doing that). Or we can chase mice and learn survival tactics.

Of course we can give each other belly rubs. Can I get mine first?


Baba Ganoush said...

HL - If Barney ever makes it into my crib, I'm giving away all our TVs. Well, not really, but I won't be very happy!

AB - Who is this Choco Bear you speak of?

lulu - If I could do some of the things you can do, I would be content without ever watching TV again!