FauxAlity Wednesday – My Reality Check

Good Afternoon folks. I know I keep saying that these Wednesday posts are ending and one of these days, I’ll mean it. You’ve been enjoying, I hope, my Saturday posts in the last couple weeks. The stories of what made mom, Mom. Those will of course continue until there aren’t any more stories to tell (without getting into real specific detail).

Aside from watching the Hatfields and McCoys in the last couple nights, the television screen has been dark. What a nice sound the silence is sometimes. It’s interesting to learn, for me anyway, what kind of trouble I can get into when not parked in front of the idiot box. It may be better put to say, re-learn what kind of trouble I can get into when not parked on the couch. If I step outside of myself and look at how I’m spending my time, particularly in the last 3 or 4 years, and look at it from say my father’s standpoint, I’m left shaking my head in disbelief. I’ve let myself get wrapped up in these ‘reality’ shows to the point where what were once passions of mine, had been laid by the wayside. One of which is music. Not listening to it but playing and recording it. My mother gave me a lot but skill (such as it is) and love of playing music came from my father. At a very early age, he was encouraging the craft. He bought me a set of drums for my 5th birthday (which I still have) and spent countless hours helping me practice.

I’ve said here on these blogs and even privately, that if we ever met in person, I probably wouldn’t have ten words to say to anyone. You would be doing all the talking. While playing music together my father always said that I was talking to him. He played keyboards and he was right, even if my voice didn’t make a peep. Put a guitar in my hands and I’ll talk for hours. Often times it wouldn’t be anything recognizable, but it’ll have a flow to it.

What I’ve allowed myself to do, especially in the last few years, is become engrossed with ‘reality’ television. If there’s a heaven and it’s occupants can look back at us, my parents are probably shaking their heads with a WTF look on their faces. A look that asks why I’ve let myself become infatuated with these characters on the screen to the point they take precedence over what once were my real passions. In the past several months, I’ve found myself asking, is it worth the complete investment of the time? The answer is no. It isn’t a total waste though in that I’ve met a lot of wonderful people online through my obsession with ‘reality TV’. I’ve also met a lot of great folks with my other interests as well, not just ‘reality TV’, Photography being another of those interests. Many of you already know that about me. Almost since I came to these blogs I’ve been posting links to photos. This year, actually it was around Christmas 2011, I decided to blend these two interests and put them into video form. One of my efforts, shown below is the result of that blend. Many or perhaps all, have seen this before.


Both pursuits are much more worthwhile to me than anything the idiot box has to offer. I don’t mean that as if to say I’m swearing off of TV or even reality TV. We all have our guilty pleasures and for me, these blogs about reality TV have become more of a pleasure than the realty shows themselves. I have my favorites among these TV characters but none are worth giving up my passions for. That, my friends, is my reality check. It isn’t really any great revaluation and you’re all no doubt sayingΒ  something along the lines of ‘no shit Sherlock’.Β  However, I’m reasonably certain that there have been trivial things in everyone’s lives that they let go of or lost sight of, what was more important to them. So, what was / is Your reality check?

Is this some sort of sappy swansong announcing my exit? Absolutely not. When I leave, I’ll just quietly leave. Is it a shameless attempt at self promotion? Not really but you can look at it that way if you want to. Since Empress told me I can blog about whatever I want and since today I choose not to blog reality TV, there it is.


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11 Responses to FauxAlity Wednesday – My Reality Check

  1. Kaereste says:

    Good to see your blog today MTH.
    I always wished I could paint, but I am hopeless. I don’t have any special artistic gifts, so I admire and appreciate the people like yourself that do.

    Keep on pixing, playing and writing.

    • melthehound says:

      Thank you. I can’t paint either but it never stopped me from trying once in awhile. Everybody has something they can learn to do well. πŸ™‚

  2. Most of us were and are tons more interesting than any of those folks on the “reality” shows. You’re right – sometimes we have to take a step back and remember what we are all busy doing before any of this started taking up our time – and then spend some more time doing those things. πŸ™‚

  3. nohausfrau says:

    Great blog and I loved the video. You are a very talented photographer. Mel is looking quite dapper!
    I wish I had something (other then Mishka) that I had a passion for. I have lots of interests but no past times that I feel really passionate about. You are lucky.

    • melthehound says:

      We both thank you Nohausfrau. Mishka is no slouch in the doggie world. I wish Mel would sit still and smile like that πŸ™‚ . Instead, he turns and walks away so I have to trick him to get a picture.

  4. I can’t play an instrument, but my passion is singing. I love to sing. My outlet for singing used to be church, but right now that’s a very stressful place to be. So, I guess I’ll just have to sing to myself and my dogs for now until I can find another outlet. 😦

    • melthehound says:

      Still going through all that? For what it’s worth, my biggest local fan is, The Hound πŸ˜‰ He hates the cameras but when I pick up the guitars, he likes to lay right next to my leg,

  5. klmh says:

    Enjoyed your blog and couldn’t agree with you more about the idiot box. Years of involving myself in negativity from these characters isn’t worth one day in the sun with my friends and animals. It’s all such a waste and I found myself driven to watch these shows to keep up with the blogs, because that’s what I enjoy more, interaction with a group of people I will probably never meet but do enjoy their stories, comments and ideas.
    I enjoyed your pictures and song as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • melthehound says:

      You’re welcome. As I said, not a complete waste. I’ve made some pretty cool e-friends in the process πŸ˜‰

  6. melthehound says:

    Glad you enjoyed it PG. New one coming soon once I get my real life (the one that pays the bills) projects finished.

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