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Gospel of Oprah

There has been alot of talk; positive, critical & trash, in equal amounts about Oprah, Oprah’s life, Oprah’s philosophy, Oprah’s Steadman, Oprah’s evil plan of world domination and also a fair amount about Oprah ending her show this week.  It would be pointless for me to take a stand and either throw bouquets or brickbats at her [well, I have neither on hand right now, but that’s not the point] … or fall into any one camp about my thoughts on Oprah- simply because I dont have enough thoughts on Oprah to form an informed judgment.  What I know about Oprah is what I have seen on TV and what I have read.

I started watching Oprah while in school, and while she was fun in the beginning with alot of cool guests and fun interviews, she later went into sobby and weepy territory which to me is a bore.  Who turns on the TV at 4pm, after school and needing a break- wanting to weep.  Imagine my parents walking in on me, sitting on the couch sobbing uncontrollably while Oprah droned on!  So the Oprah fad ended there.

When the Oprah magazine came out, I did enjoy it.  I enjoyed it cover to cover, actually come to think of it, the only pages I didnt enjoy were Oprah’s thoughts, so I would quickly flip through those.  I enjoyed the rest of the magazine.  It wasnt as preachy as the TV show, it wasnt as ‘perfecty’ as the Martha Stewart series of magazines that always equally gives me inspiration and makes me feel like an utter failure.  It was the perfect combination of Real Simple (Magazine) and Chatelaine.  I read it a while before outgrowing it.

My thoughts on Oprah;  Akin to everything in life, she is fine in moderation.  When we get saturated with anything, it is either unhealthy or a turn off.  Similarly with Oprah- her over saturation of the market with her face everywhere made her something to get away from.  We’d quickly switch channels just to escape Oprah preaching.

As to Oprah’s preaching;  As any TV evangelist worth his ad revenue would tell you- you dont accept everything you read in the bible, you pick and chose what you want and twist it to suit your needs and perspective.  Exactly the same goes with Oprah – you dont have to agree with everything she says, you may pick and chose which of her thoughts you concur with and adapt them to suit your needs, the rest you may discard.

On Oprah leaving; You can sob about it,  jump on a couch about it, preach about it, talk about your feelings about it, but dont get worked up about it – she’ll be back.


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Bye Rob Mariano

The Survivor – Redemption Island finale was last Sunday, and with that my weekly quota of Rob Mariano.  I have to say- in spite of every opinion out there, I have hearted Rob Mariano from Day 1.  Right from his very first season – I was a fan.

On his first season, Rob seemed to have an endless supply of mind altering medication wherein he would randomly preach sitting at the base of a tree.  It was not the stuff he was saying, or the lack of sense in his arguments, it was his confidence in himself.  He knew what he was- in his mind, and he was grand with it.  He was the godfather- in his mind, and he lived up to it.  You know, when you’re so far wrong, you’re right?  That was Rob Mariano, no excuses.

Rob on All-Stars was more confident but also more subdued and played strategy on a more interactive level rather than in his own mind.  He had a strategy and he had a pawn who he carried to the finals.  On a very deep level, you know you’re not going to win when you diss so many people so you take someone you like so atleast they have a chance of winning.  And lucky for Amber, Rob was in lurve with her.  And she won while Rob was the evil doctor who single handedly voted everyone out.

On Hero’s vs Villains, Rob was older and a bit out of his league with the very obvious evils of Russell.   Rob was more behind the scenes strategic and willing to let people come to his conclusions in what they thought was their own time versus Russell who was obnoxious and threatened to vote you out if you didnt fall in line with his plans.  So while Rob was out sitting under a tree prophesying Russell was steam rolling over people and steam rolled right over Rob, Rob didnt even make the jury!

Finally on Redemption Island, on a  tribe removed from Russell, Rob managed to put together his wisdom, experience, strategy and confidence into claiming a win.  This season saw alot of the human Rob in terms of him talking about his family and kids.  We saw his long road down Survivor forever trying to claim a win to match his wife’s.

And finally we saw him take to the final people who just could not  beat him, one week later- does anyone even know what Natalie did at camp? [pluck armpit hair]  whereas Philip was just in his own mind, playing his own game with his own special friends.  So there was no one left to vote for but Rob Mariano.

Robs Survivor journey has ended, he cannot top the road he has traveled down the Survivor path and while he and his family try to sell their souls to claim another 15 minutes of fame on TV networks, he is done with Survivor.  And will be the best strategic player in my mind – along with all my other special friends.

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