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Not What I Was Hoping For

by Layla

I love TV. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be such a rabid fan of Jerry Springer. When the program is on, I am glued to the big screen. It used to be called the small screen, but alas, we now have super-sized plasma TVs at home. If you have something under 40 inches, you are out of it. The bigger the better, and you need one in every room. I like the way it makes Jerry bigger than life. After all, he has had a huge impact on the industry. He is going to outlive all other big-name hosts. This said, I must tell you about a weird experience in a television station in this blog. I will refrain from recounting the people I have seen on Jerry’s recent shows. If you are a fan, you know the types: obese moms and recalcitrant children who refuse to cooperate. Husbands have their own minds and cheat at will. No one is happy and everyone is depraved in his or her own way. Men and women are all alike in this state of disgrace. I love it. It is the worst of humanity and I can sit and feel superior. Ha!

Back to the TV station. I had been looking for a good internship in my area that wouldn’t be a long commute. I wanted it to be productive so that I would leave saying that I had learned something of value. It would have to parlay into another job, part time or permanent. I didn’t want to waste my time. Thus, I was thrilled to read about an internship online at this afore-mentioned TV station. It was right up my alley as they say. When I got there, I thought I fit right in. It was more than I expected. Unfortunately, it was not what I hoped for. Let me tell you why.

It was a one-month internship that would place me working for one of the producers. I would be right there in the middle of the action. I jumped at it and went to work the first day with a great attitude. I was given menial jobs and errands and over time, it didn’t get much better. I really balked the day I was asked to vacuum the stairs. A quick look online and I’d discovered The Clean Home, but then even after their advice, I still had to find the right attachments and carry the darn thing a very long distance. It took forever to find a place to plug it in. I did the job reluctantly for some odd reason. But my thoughts got the better of me. I was demeaned by this work and it had no bearing on my life as a student or my future as any kind of professional. I stopped midway through the stairs and just left the stupid machine right there for someone to trip over. I wasn’t being trained to be a producer; I was training to be a maid!

Getting Around

by Layla

For shame. I have taken a break from Jerry Springer to work on some personal projects of particular concern. I am in need of some warm winter cycling gloves and I have to spend time online or in stores checking them out. I want good looks, value, versatility, and of course top quality. I don’t want them to wear out in but one wintery season. Waterproofing is of the essence because when the gloves get wet, they start to deteriorate. The better ones are fine for the season and many more to come, and they are worth the extra money.

So Jerry is a side interest right now as I get my winter accessories in place for the winter onslaught. You must be assuming that I ride a bike, and you would be right. It is my transportation of choice to and on campus, even in the cold. I have a good down jacket, boots, and soon the perfect gloves. It is my modus operandi right now along with many others who don’t own cars. You get used to the elements and most trips to school and back are short and sweet. Plus, I like to go from building to building fast on my bike which I station right in front of the classroom building. In fact, it is so much easier to maneuver a bike in the snow than a car. You might have to de-ice it, dig it out, and walk for a mile from the nearest parking. No thanks. My bike gear is ready to roll this season and a pair of winter cycling gloves are all I need to complete my look. I bought them after reading this review site: http://www.onroadandmountain.com/best-cycling-gloves/. You will see me flying across campus on even the coldest days—completely bundled up with knitted hat and matching scarf. You almost won’t recognize me in my camouflage. That’s what winter is all about.

I have to report that my new gloves have had a trial run and have performed to perfection. I can grip the handlebars and flex my fingers with ease. They are warm and yet not bulky at all. The lining is a special fabric designed to keep the hands comfortable without compressing them. This is the answer to my prayers: to get something functional, useful, and superior. I take my biking seriously as it is the best mode of campus transportation I know. I am not to be left out in the cold without proper attire. At holiday time, this makes the perfect gift for your student cyclist and it is perfect for any age. Now that I have the gloves in hand, literally, I am ready to go back to Jerry Springer as a loyal fan. I am not going to abandon that special status. I don’t let a few classes or homework get in the way. Jerry has been around so long that is virtually no one on the planet who hasn’t seen more than one show. I just wanted to throw that in after I have related the story of my new gloves.

Extra Funds

by Layla

I need some extra money so I am going to find a job. I will have to work it into my schedule between school and watching Jerry Springer. It may be good bye Jerry for a while. I will welcome him back when I have finished the short-term job and have secured the necessary funds to get me through a cash crunch time. I have had such jobs before so I am looking for something a bit different than babysitting, tutoring or working at a fast food chain. I want something that will be fun if I am going to put in that extra time. I don’t want to dread going to the job every day. But time goes fast and it will be over soon. So I look at the student job market bulletin board and scan the offerings. Nothing looks good until a notice pops up in my line of vision: lifeguarding at a community pool. I take the notice and walk over to the address listed. It is a nice, but small, above ground pool suitable for an average group of children. It is open during the daytime only and one lifeguard should suffice. In ground pools tend to be on the larger size, so this should be a cinch. It is just hard for the lifeguard to dive in quickly if there is a pending problem.

I told the summer pool program coordinator that I have an eagle eye and would be ideal for the job with my flexible schedule. I had passed the lifeguard’s course months ago just for my own benefit. The coordinator wanted me to pass an exam, a kind of proof of knowledge and rules, and a refresher course that would take an hour since I had been recently licensed. Sure, I said, just say when. I liked the pool area. It was clean and accessible and there was a special lifeguard stand so I could readily see what was going on.

The job started a week later and I loved raking in that extra money while having a good time. I like kids and watching them frolic and play. They talked to me all the time. Apparently, I was part of the fun. The pool was busiest at lunch time and after. This was the time when I had to be most alert. I tried to always get enough sleep to be able to get to work on time and perform my job properly. No late night cavorting. My friends understood. There is a great deal of responsibility when you are a lifeguard. Kids get rambunctious and can dunk each other a little too forcefully. I had to talk to a few of them personally to get them to calm down. Occasionally a parent or two would be at the pool sidelines observing my reign. They told the coordinator that I was a good choice. He was pleased and offered to extend my contract an extra month.

Have Hot Tub, Will Travel

by Layla

Owning or having access to a hot tub is not something I ever imagined. Being athletic and working out a lot, I do get my aches and pains, so it is not inconceivable that I would value a regular soak in the hot steamy water. Besides, friends love to use it and they drop in for a bit of water fun. I love the company and the spontaneous surprise of these visits. Just imagine. I have my own. It sits quietly on the back patio near a faucet so we can attach a garden hose and fill it at will. Then the temperature is set and we wait for the heating element to do its magic. It is pure heaven no matter what mood you are in. It can relax the worst grouch after a busy, hectic day. It can soothe an already happy soul.

So how did this all come about. My roommate and I were watching an ad for a portable hot tub on TV and it looked so inviting. We imagined hot tub parties and just time alone when we wanted a private moment to calm and collect ourselves. We saw that it offered many advantages and good times. If you have friendly neighbors where you live, a hot tub can be a hub of activity. So my roommate used her parents credit card to buy them a small unit. We insisted that it be portable as no doubt we will move at some future time. We want to be able to take it with us without great pains. You need to get a certain type that has collapsible parts and is made of separate components. Otherwise, it may rest in its first home forever. We decided that we would likely be roommates even in another location. Sure, we could move to an apartment complex that already had a hot tub, but what if we elected to rent a house. Our current abode had a huge first floor patio so it made it an easy decision to purchase the hot tub now and start to enjoy it. While we aren’t too worried about the next place we will go, we wanted to be sure the hot tub was movable without hiring a service.

So the hot tub was easy to install (as easy they said at the vendor as taking it apart). It takes one day of planning ahead so you give it time to heat up properly. Occasionally you need to clean it but it doesn’t need much more than a hosing off. If there are leaves or debris caught inside, a simple net on a short pole will take care of the matter. Maintenance-free would be an apt description for our hot tub. We use it often with or without guests and it is a great place to read, listen to music, or enjoy a glass of wine. If you make the right decision to go portable, you will have the thing for the rest of your life.

This Episode Proudly Presented By…

by Layla

Jerry Springer’s program can be a freak show when it covers certain topics. You would be disappointed if it were any other way. One of them is domestic violence. Horror stories in this area abound, yet audiences eat it up—me included. It is human nature. I think it makes those of us who are not facing this scenario feel better about our lives. We sort of live vicariously through others, however, and it is a psychological fact of life.

When couples turn to ugly violence, the subject of weapons sometimes comes up. I have heard more than one battered wife complain about a ruthless husband who either threatens with a gun drawn at her or makes mention of it as a kind of challenge. It is a way to have complete dominance over another person and it is insidious. Organisations like Gun Allegiance are working to promote responsible gun ownership – after all, every right comes with a responsibility. Wives who live in such fear need a safe house for protection. Far too many accidents occur even when the bearer of the firearm does not have a specific intention. People in anger easily get out of control.

It is interesting that show sponsors are companies that in some way relate to the topic of the day. In terms of domestic violence, I have seen wall and gun safe businesses buy advertising. I have also seen such companies get free promotional consideration when the subject turns to safety in the home. Any family that has a gun on premises needs to hear a sponsor out on eliminating access. You must never leave a dial combination lock inactivated or give out an electronic code. You must not keep the guns in plain sight.

More often than not, a wall safe is used for multiple purposes. People keep important documents there, jewelry, cash, as well as a weapon or two. You want fire, flood, earthquake, and theft protection. But on the negative side, the safe gets opened a bit too often, posing risks for the home inhabitants. It is never a good idea for children to see an exposed gun on regular occasions. You can explain that there is one without divulging its whereabouts.

While guns are certainly within the law and are often needed for self-protection, they should never be used as a threat in a domestic situation. Too many of these can go awry if tempers flare to the boiling point. I can appreciate that these gun safe sponsors are not touting the possession of weapons for their own sake but focus more on housing them to keep family members from harm. They suggest that one person be in control and warn others of possible peril.

Beyond touting extreme care and caution, I also appreciate the way gun safe companies offer options and safeguards. For example, you can elect to operate your safe by voice command, fingerprint, date of birth, etc. It is called biometrics. You can also place the safe on a closet wall as opposed to the den or rec room for example. No matter what you do, security is the major concern and the motivation for having the unit in the first place.

He Gets an ‘A’ for Creativity

by Layla

I have some time between classes and I wanted to get this down for all of you to see what you thought. I watch a regional talk show that airs here sometimes so that I have a comparison base to the Jerry Springer Show. It’s very similar in format—host that asks serious questions amidst a tremendous amount of chaos, guests who seem more interested in threatening and bodily harm than talking out their issues, and a lot of craziness. Jerry Springer created this style of show and has ruled the airwaves with it for years; sometimes I’ll watch shows like this just to see the influence he’s had over daytime television.

This particular episode was real terrible. On Springer, it is intentional chaos to sway viewers, and this show looked like the host was overwhelmed by the antics of the guests. He looked hopelessly lost as the guests—a married couple where the husband just found out he was being cheated on—completely attacked each other and the boyfriend, who of course was a guest too. Chairs were thrown, again, not entirely unusual, but they usually don’t hit a cameraman! The husband was furious, and I guess he was a contractor, because he started yelling about all these tools he was going to go home and attack the boyfriend with. One of them was an air compressor, which I didn’t get at all. How would that work? It’s just air. Although he did say he was going to blow the guy up like a balloon, which was pretty funny.

I tell you what, if you google that, you’ll find sites like this can find out some scary stuff. Apparently a guy in New Zealand fell on an air compressor hose while it was on and basically did inflate himself like a balloon. He had terrible swelling in one leg and fluid in a lung, so I guess it is possible to do it to someone deliberately if you’re determined enough. Apparently you can get an embolism (an air bubble that blocks a blood vessel) if it gets into your system either through a break in the skin or if it makes one on its own. This can be serious and even sometimes fatal, depending on where it is and if it travels. You know how they found this out, though? People were blowing air on themselves after working to get themselves “clean.” Not the greatest of ideas, people! If you want to be a jerk, it seems you really can do some damage if you are mean (or in this guy’s case, angry) enough. According to my internet research, if you were to intentionally aim it at someone’s mouth at a high pressure, you could damage their lungs and esophagus; if you aim it near someone’s ear, you can rupture their ear drum. There were other injuries but I think I had grossed myself out by then and stopped reading.

I did learn that regular and safe operation of a compressor that is properly maintained doesn’t typically result in bodily harm, but like anything else, if you don’t follow safety procedures and wear safety gear, you can hurt yourself with compressed air or with any debris you’re blowing around.

So I guess the moral of that episode was don’t cheat on a contractor!

No College Dorm Room is Complete Without…

by Layla

I love college life and will be sorry and sad when it is over. These are the best years. You are getting educating, learning about yourself and the world, and just having a really good time. Social life is your entrée into a successful future as you learn communication skills. But when all is said and done, you can do your best socializing over a plastic cup of beer (nothing to wash, nothing to break!).

College keg parties are notorious and have been the staple of life for students since time immemorial. In fact, no college dorm room is complete without a mini fridge to house some personal brew. Better yet is when you can join the group for an outdoor beer fest that revolves around a big kegerator. A what you say? Yes, a kegerator. This wonder machine stores, chills, and dispenses beer in a flash. They come in one to multiple keg sizes. It is a must for any dorm to have on collective hand.

Big fan of Jerry Springer that I am, I have to mention that I heard one mother complain on the show that her college son was getting to be a drunk at the age of 20 and was acquiring a beer belly way to soon. Yes, we have heard these stories before. She wanted help in controlling his behavior while away from home at school.

Kids often act differently when they feel independent and it is not always something to fear. It usually happens in group settings for short periods of time. A keg party is a way to let loose and feel free, something that is going to pass way to soon as we get entrenched in the responsibilities of adult life. Mom should come to one and see for herself that it is just a lot of harmless fun. If her son is talking too much about it, it is probably because he is popular and wants to share the news.

College students do get drunk, of course, and some wield that kegerator tap a bit too often at times. Hopefully there is a dorm RA to set limits. But in the long run there is also peer pressure to stay in control. After all, you want to pass your exams. You don’t want anyone to flunk out. Those who stray from the straight and narrow for too long hear about it for sure from their companions. When was the last time you visited a college classroom and found the students drunk and asleep? Not ever I bet.

Dorm life is a huge u-turn away from home. They tend to go a little nutty the first semester. Freshmen are notorious for overindulging because it is the first time. Then things tend to even themselves out. You learn how many beers you can toss back before your head starts spinning. Anyone who has ever passed out will not want to repeat the unpleasant experience. With these caveats, enjoying a keg party on campus can be a great part of college life and is not to be missed, teetotalers aside. It is a mixture of rebellion, social initiation, let loose abandon, and controlled ecstasy all in combination. It marks the entry into a new world of experience.

The Jerry Springer Show that Was

by Layla

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A lot of people forget that when the Jerry Springer Show first started, it was basically a political commentary show. It had more in common with Bill Maher’s show today, only it was less sensationalist. Oliver North and Jesse Jackson were both on it, and they weren’t shouting about their wives, either. Jerry Springer’s show used to be just like the Phil Donahue Show. Jerry even styled himself to look just like Phil. They talked about all major political issues, from gun control to homelessness. It was a show run by a politician at that point in its life.

Wouldn’t you know, the ratings weren’t that great. They wanted better ratings because the show would have disappeared otherwise. The Jerry Springer Show that we know and love today didn’t really take off until 1994. From there, Jerry managed to beat Oprah.

All fans of the show remember the shouting and everyone throwing chairs at one another. If people want to say that the show brought out the worst in people, they should remember that the shouting was usually scripted. Jerry is a good showman who knew what people liked to watch. The ratings soared as a result, so he knew what he was doing. I honestly thought that it was great to see people break out of this really narrow mindset and standard of behavior. Everyone is so sedate on television, and that went away on Jerry.

There’s no shortage of shows that are full of political commentary. For people who think that these kinds of shows are inherently better, they should remember that the other side does political commentary, too. I’m liberal, and I think that the stuff that they show on Fox News is a lot more damaging to society than something like the Jerry Springer Show ever could be. Jerry never told people that trickle-down economics worked. He never said that homeless people brought it on themselves. He brought guests onto the show and they shared their own views. Their views and their problems were about their own unique issues. Jerry wasn’t trying to promote ideas that were harmful to society in general, and he didn’t.

People liked to talk about how Jerry and his show were screwing up America, especially in the 2000’s. Hopefully, that opinion is as dated as flip phones today. Usually, people would accuse him of exploiting his guests. That sounds like they really cared about the guests. They would accuse the guests of being cynical people trying to get fifteen minutes in the spotlight, which makes it sound like they’re the ones who are really contemptuous of Jerry’s guests.

People would also talk about how Jerry’s show and Jerry’s popularity just demonstrate the stupidity of the masses. I never see how people who say things like that can then say that they care about the masses at all. It just sounds like they’re trying to talk about how they’re better than they are, which means they’re showing less compassion for the audience than Jerry ever could. Not everyone has to like the Jerry Springer Show. Insulting the millions of people who made it a pop cultural phenomenon is crossing a line, and so is saying that Jerry is one of the people screwing up America even more than the current politicians.

The Political Affiliation of Jerry Springer

by Layla

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A lot of people aren’t even aware of the fact that Jerry Springer had anything resembling a political career. Really, given what he would usually go through on the show, it shouldn’t be too surprising that he was something of a Ringmaster in real life. The world of politics isn’t so different from the world of the Jerry Springer Show, so the transition from a politician to a talk show host shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone.

Jerry Springer himself is actually in his early seventies. You’d really never to know to look at him, especially if you were in the process of watching him perform. He really seems to have the energy of a man half his age. Even when the show was in its prime, Jerry Springer himself was in late middle age. It’s like he’s been in his prime for a long time.

When people hear about Jerry Springer being involved in politics, one of the first things they will ask is what political party he was part of. You can usually guess the other person’s political affiliation based on what he or she will mention at that point. If the person is conservative, he’ll guess ‘Democrat.’ If the person is liberal, he’ll guess ‘Republican.’ Well, the conservative is right in this case, since Jerry Springer was a Democrat. However, I really do think that the conservative is right for the wrong reason in this case.

Really, just watching the show should be able to let people know that Jerry is at least relatively liberal. Conservatives usually want to ban this sort of sensationalist material unless they are able to use it to further their political careers. Democrats are the ones who are more likely to find it acceptable to air it on television. People spend a lot of time arguing about whether or not Jerry Springer is making fun of oppressed people or not on the show, but the fact that he had so many of them on the show at all should at least give people some pause for thought.

In the 1990’s, there were very few representations of LGBT people at all. Really controversial topics still had a hard time getting onto television. You still couldn’t show TV characters having sex and you had to do all of these suggestive tricks to demonstrate that they did, in fact, have sex. The audience knew it. The characters knew it. However, the producers still felt the need to hide it from us. It really does seem like just the liberal politician thing to try to break the silence on us. Jerry Springer is definitely not the kind of guy who you would think would be in favor of censorship, and he definitely was not.

The Jerry Springer Show For Every Generation

by Layla

The Jerry Springer Show For Every Generation

The Jerry Springer Show has a legacy that some people love and some people hate. All I can say is that the Jerry Springer Show had a tremendous impact on all of television, and countless people all around the world absolutely loved it and still love it to this day.

The show is hardly a forgotten bygone from the 1990’s. It’s associated with angry members of Generation X lashing out at the world by enjoying the spectacle of odd people getting angry at one another. Speaking as a Millennial, I was a little kid when this show was at its peak in popularity, and I still think that it’s one of the most entertaining shows that was ever devised by anyone. This is a show that is being picked up by the new generation, and it wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of the burgeoning members of Generation Z will pick it up as enthusiastically as the rest of us did.

I know that it is still a popular culture reference that the kids of generation Z can recognize. The Baby Boomers know it. A lot of people will speak of it derisively, but they will recognize it just as well as anyone else. The fact that this show has managed to become meaningful to so many different people is already really impressive in my opinion, and it speaks to the fact that the Jerry Springer Show touches on territories that a lot of people like.

Lots of shows pull away from controversy. They create this fake little sanitized world that won’t offend anyone. It feels like this just keeps getting worse and worse on television too, as if the producers are getting more and more scared of offending people, and they need to censor themselves in advance before they can really do anything. The Jerry Springer Show was never like that. Jerry never had any holds barred, which is part of what made the show so great in the first place.

Does Jerry Love His Show?

by Layla

Jerry Springer is asked all the time about what he thinks about the show. He’s obviously a brilliant man. Even outside of his successful political career, he’s a Tulane University and Northwestern University graduate. People associate the Jerry Springer Show with the uneducated masses, for better or for worse, and Jerry theoretically shouldn’t be one of them.

Jerry has been quoted as saying that he doesn’t watch his own show. He considers it a silly show that is not aimed at him. There are certainly plenty of different ways to interpret that.

For one thing, Jerry might not watch his own show, put he is immersed in it week after week. It’s difficult to imagine that he isn’t absorbing a lot of what is happening anyway. Actually watching it would give him a different perspective, it’s true, but he does more or less watch it regardless of whether or not he wants to watch it. It seems like it’s a little late for him the begin trying to take it back.

Personally, I think that this is just another case of Jerry being a good showman who knows what his audience wants to hear. He knows that these entertainment reporters enjoy thinking of themselves as the sort of people who are above the Jerry Springer Show. They want to believe that Jerry is above it, too. Taking anything seriously leaves you vulnerable. Saying that something is just silly or just for fun is a way to give yourself protection without having to actually denounce what you’re doing in any real way. I think that this was a good portion of what Jerry Springer was doing when he said that.

However, I should note that I agree with him about the show being silly and fun. People ask me all the time about why I like the show, since I don’t fit the stereotypical image of someone who likes a show like that, at least according to elitist entertainment reporters. All I can usually say is that the show is fun. I like hearing about all of the issues that the guests have, especially because we didn’t get to see this kind of thing very often before the Internet. Even with the Internet, the Jerry Springer contestants have more authenticity than Internet people usually do, even though some of the show is staged.

The completely unrestrained aspect of the show makes it fun. It’s a show that isn’t trying to impress. Reality shows are full of people who are desperate to please, and they’re taken the place of things like talk shows today. The Jerry Springer Show has a manic quality to it that makes it hard to turn away from, and I don’t see the point in pretending that you don’t like it.

Jerry Springer needs to be able to maintain a certain pretense around the people in the entertainment media. Authors who know that their books are not considered high art need to sustain a certain ironic distance from them or they will be mocked for actually liking something. Actually like something has been treated with a certain level of scorn in modern culture for a long time, and I’ve never been a fan of it.

One of the reasons why I like to point out that I like the Jerry Springer Show without apology is that I want to help bring back this sentiment. I can’t stand the term ‘guilty pleasure.’ You shouldn’t feel bad about the things that you love. Maybe some of them are objectively good and maybe they aren’t. We shouldn’t have to maintain a conspiracy in order to actually enjoy anything, and creators shouldn’t have to be vague about how they feel about their creations.

Jerry Springer’s Congressional Career

by Layla

Jerry Springer actually ran for Congress for the first time in 1970. This was during a time period in which the first women in Congress were basically considered complete trailblazers, because as rare as they are today, they were non-existent before the 1970’s. One of the big issues that Jerry Springer was working on, apart from trying to unseat conservative Donald D. Clancy, was getting the legal voting age reduced.

It just goes to show you how much things have changed. It’s really hard to believe that before 1971, people who were eighteen couldn’t vote. You had to be at least 21. It’s weird to think that I couldn’t vote yet, and neither could most of my friends. A lot of the people who got Obama elected wouldn’t have been able to vote. The ratification of the 26th amendment in 1971 changed all that. It’s amazing to think that Jerry Springer himself was one of the people who was really enthusiastic about that amendment, and his input probably helped get it ratified. Even then, Jerry Springer was doing something for 1990’s kids.

Well, Jerry Springer did consider running for Congress again. He might have in both 2000 and 2004, and he didn’t do it. He didn’t do it for all of the reasons that you’re probably thinking: the negative public image of the Jerry Springer Show helped kill his political career. He figured he didn’t stand a chance against the candidates who would have been taken that much more seriously.

All I can say is that this is really unfair. If Arnold Schwarzenegger can be the governor of California, I really don’t see why Jerry Springer can’t be a senator. At least Jerry was always himself in his roles. I’ve heard that Arnold’s ridiculous screen image actually helped his political career. It was like people thought that he was going to shoot political problems and tell them that he was going to be back. Jerry Springer actually had a political career to begin with, and people probably still would have voted for Arnold if it came down to a choice between the two of them.

Ronald Reagan was an actor in cheesy Western movies, and he got to be president. If nothing else, you have to admit that Jerry Springer would have been better. I mean, he dealt with unreasonable people all the time on the show. He probably would have had an easier time in the Cold War.