For GBE2 #52: Guilty Pleasures
Most people think of pirate pleasures as being rum, a clear sail, booty, etc. But, these are not guilty pleasures since most pirates have difficulty feeling guilt in any case.
I, however, not being the average pirate, do feel guilt and have quite a few guilty pleasures and the most ridiculous one (at least in some people's eyes) is HGTV"s "House Hunters". Wait, not just "House Hunters", also "House Hunters International", "House Hunters World Tour" and any other variations on this show that HGTV wants to provide. During rough times, when I've seen then all, I might even resort to "Property Virgins" and "For Rent".
When having a bad day, many of us turn to ice cream, chocolate, RUM, etc., but all I have to do is turn on an episode of "House Hunters"and am instantly cheered up. Why? I've always loved looking in other people's homes even if they are million dollar homes that have amenities that I would never hope to own. But wait there's more, where else can you watch people with an amazingly low budget get upset because the house doesn't have stainless steel appliances.
Here are the must haves for almost all house hunters including the international ones: Stainless steel appliances, double sinks in an en suite bathroom attached to the master bedroom, a master bedroom large enough to play tennis in, and a great back yard that requires no maintenance on the part of the owners (also no maintenance fees). Are you beginning to see why this is fun? The newer shows have actually been showing the exasperation on the part of the poor real estate agent who has been saddled with this couple.
Overseas, it's even worse. People moving from Texas to Germany don't seem to get the idea that they won't have huge rooms, updated kitchens (sometimes there's no kitchen), at a reasonable price in German cities and the European countryside lacks even more of the amenities they can't live without. Don't you just want to say "why didn't you stay home". Is this a great distraction or what?
The hardest part about this guilty pleasure is that HGTV has actually been cutting back on the hundreds of hours of House Hunters that they used to show in favor of OTHER SHOWS. Still though there is a new one every weeknight at 10 p.m. eastern. Check it out!!!