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TV and the Weather

Well, the other night, Bambi was on ABC, and I TiVo'd it because I'd never actually seen it. I don't know if you're aware, but in SE IA, the network affiliates have this who-has-the-biggest-dick-type contest going with their weather coverage and how precise their radar is. Whatever. There was a tornado warning covering the entire viewing area and a tornado warning in one county on the west edge of the area with like, 30 people in it (and ten of those are livestock). They interrupted consistently to show the little bits of red on the radar. They did this not during the ample commercial time, but during the actual movie, including the last 5 minutes! So I didn't get to see the ending. I'm going to write a nasty email to KCRG telling them that if I was worried about the weather, I'd watch the fucking Weather Channel or turn on the AM radio. Buddha presumed you were not dumb-asses. I hope that when you die, St. Peter boots you in the head before he reincarnates you as a male black widow spider. Shitheads.



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Jun. 8th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
When I was in Iowa for those 4 years I was always struck by how important the weather was to people (or TV made people out to be). I guess when the weather means you'll have a good crop or have to ask the gub'mint for handouts, there's incentive to be interested (not that there anything you can really do about it?).

Here, the weather doesn't really get extreme enough to be exciting/dangerous enough to really interupt cable TV.
Jun. 9th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I try not to watch too much Big3 TV, Law and Order: CI is my big downfall there. Oh, Vincent!
Jun. 9th, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)

I've actually forsaken cable for about a year now... thankfully (? whiskey tango foxtrot) there was the NHL lockout. Other than for hockey, and the occasional boxing match, TV has pretty much been dead to me for the last 4 years.

/recently watched the X-files from pilot -> ending
//trying to do the same with Twin Peaks (again)
///is there anything I'm missing?
Jun. 13th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
when's the last time you had a TNGa-thon?

One of the very few reasons I wish that I had cable. Who knows, it might happen.

Anyway, Miranda, I still think of Captain Bobby Ratliff ("I fly enough each year in the channel 2 skycopter to go around the world...TWICE!!!") whenever I see a heli in the air. I swear, Captain Bobby Ratliff is the physical embodiment of Iowa Weather to me.

That and the Newts' Tornado Keg...I think that was in 1998? My sophomore year. Everyone was surprisingly mellow, what with the tornado and all.
Jun. 13th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
when's the last time you had a TNGa-thon?

I bought a copy of all 9 seasons on DVD as a bday present for myself last summer, so... last summer.
Jun. 13th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
9 seasons? My friend, I think the Ferengi you bought them from pulled one over on you. There were 7 seasons each of TNG, DS9, and Voyager.
Jun. 14th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
Brain fart - yeah, 7 seasons.

And, yeah, the guy I bought it from was pretty Ferengi - it's a middling-quality Chinese bootleg, but at least it was dirt cheap.
Jun. 13th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'd totally forgotten about Cap'n Bobby! I thought that Evel Knievel had nothing on that boy's deathwish.. :)
Jun. 9th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
I hope that when you die, St. Peter boots you in the head before he reincarnates you as a male black widow spider. -ROFLMAO!
Jun. 9th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
In DC they act like weather is important and also interrupt good TV shows for it, but unlike the Iowa Meterologist, these idiots don't know a damn thing. It sort of like, "Um, we should be expecting bad weather any time now. Yup. Just wait. Any time. Waiting." And the bad weather NEVER shows up, but they wasted 20 minutes of a 30 minute show telling me about how back it could be.
Jun. 9th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
I hated Iowa local news and weather with a burning passion when I lived there. All the local anchor people were unattractive and their stories were badly written.

My favorite part? World In A Minute. They actually had a tiny clock in the upper right counting down the seconds, for those viewers who couldn't stand world news and couldn't wait to get back to the pig report.

I admit it. I'm a big-city snob. I grew up with commercials for farming pesticides, but they were during the breaks between really good local programming.
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