No Thanks

I went to Wal-mart today to get a few items.  I was in line behind an older woman.  She was trying to stretch over the cart to reach things, so I stepped up to help her.

I smiled at her and said, “Boy it’s really hard to reach this stuff sometimes!”  She gave me an ice cold smile back and said “Thanks, I’ll get it myself”.  I was in the process of handing her some stuff, and when I looked up after hearing that, and saw her ice cold eyes, I immediately dropped the item back in her cart, and walked back to my own cart.  She never looked back at me once.  The cashier gave me a quick look like geez, what’s up with that?

I was just trying to help her.  I help people at the Wal-mart all the time.  Heck, I even loaded up all my ex in-laws groceries for them one time.  Even though I have problems with my hip myself, as long as I can walk, I will help people.  If I see an elderly person emptying their cart into their trunk, I help.  I take their cart back.  I try to smile at the store clerks working there, many of whom are elderly people just trying to make it with their minimum wage job.  Heck, we’re all in this together, right?

I don’t know why that lady didn’t want me to help her.  For a minute I thought maybe she had something embarrassing in her cart, but she didn’t.  She didn’t look like a mean old lady.  Maybe she just doesn’t like people touching her stuff.  But wow, did she have a look!

Next time I guess I will ask first!


Mixed up Reality TV



I was watching The Biggest Loser (TBL) last night.  And Survivor (S) tonight.  And I thought, hmmm…..maybe we should switch things up.

The people on TBL have a problem with eating too much.  The people on S have a problem with not getting enough to eat.

TBL has people on a strict diet, but they can fall off the wagon.  The people on S are on a strict diet, but they have no choice.  There is limited food for everyone.

TBL winner typically loses a shit load of weight over a fairly long period of time (12-18 weeks, depending upon who you talk to.  And those people are not losing mostly fat, they are on a starvation diet and exercise 6 hours a day).  The people on S all lose weight, and most are skinny to start with.  Ribs start showing, girls just seem to disappear right before our eyes!  It’s a quicker weight loss, a little over a month, but not as drastic.  Most contestants lose 10-20 pounds, and when you see them at the finale months after the show ended they still look pretty good.

What show is better?  TBL offers a trainer and a lot of support, but unrealistic goals and diet restrictions.  Contestants intentionally dehydrate themselves for weigh-ins and put themselves in danger.  Also, the “weekly weigh-ins” are typically not over a week’s time, but usually 10-14 days.  Just because the show is weekly, doesn’t mean the weigh-ins are!  Many behind the scenes manipulations are going on.

S on the other hand is more of a mind game, even though there are physical challenges.  Most people break down because of their minds, not their bodies.  The weight loss makes them look lean and mean.  Because they are not intentionally trying to lose weight, it is done more naturally.  They usually come into the game in good shape.  Haven’t seen a 400 pound S contestant yet.  Might be interesting to see how they would fare.  But a lot of the challenges involve holding your weight up, so the lighter folks have the advantage there.

Also, I think there is more crying on TBL.  Emotions come into play every day.  Most people are overweight due to issues/emotions they must overcome.  The people on S seem more steely strong mentally.  Physically too.

It might be fun to switch the games up for a week or two, and see how the contestants fare.  I think the people from TBL would have a much harder time being survivors, than the people on S would have on TBL.

What do you think?