I hate myself for getting roped into watching CSI/Law & Order. It's not like I went out looking to watch CSI. As with almost everything else on TV, I have no interest in first run shows - except for my idol and role model, Judge Judy* - but if I'm exposed to them on a regular rerun basis, then I get hooked. It happened with The Waltons when I went on maternity leave (for 11 years) and now it happened with CSI/Law & Order.
[You can skip this whole paragraph. I just have to justify for myself how this happened.] As I've mentioned before, I keep the TV on in the background while I do my morning mail. QVC was my background of choice until the cable company started blacking out channels one by one in order to force purchase of additional cable boxes. I refuse to be manipulated like that so that leaves me with dwindling choice. Now I'm down to themorning news show, TNT and USA. TNT is pretty much all Married with Children for the morning run so that leaves me with USA. That was ok while Monk was on 5 times every day but then it shifted over to CAI/Law &Order.
It took me about three weeks to realize that these are two different shows. They're both detective shows that pound you over the head with super serious social commentary. And they both play the same kind of music during crucial moments. The music goes like this: oooh ahhhh OOOh AHHHH oooh. And they're both dimly lit. Do you blame me for thinking that they were the same show?
But something changed and now I have a real reason that I need to watch CSI. As driving through the Poconos this weekend and trying to listen to a crackling, low dial number NPR station. Charo was being interviewed and although I couldn't make out whole question, it was something about why she wanted to come to America. Charo responded by talking about seeing a movie as a child in Spain where Doris Day had a shiny white kitchen where you could push a button and the stove lit up, push a button and the washing machine started, push a button and clean water appeared. Then she said "You have to remember that this was during a time when we had to carry water from a well to our home."
I found the serious tone of the interview to be quite compelling. So naturally I had to cyber stalk Charo. Here's some highlights of my research:
- she's doing a 5-month stint at the Riviera in Las Vegas right now
- she had 10 years legally shaved off of her age
- she became emotionally attached to a baby bull that was used in a photo shoot and adopted him
- her son is a musician/actor/producer who had a role on a CSI episode
So there it is - now I have to watch it. It's for my pop-culture research.
* Some sad sack standing at the podium: "Can I just say something?"
Judge Judy: "NO!"
Haha. That never gets old for me.