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Friday, March 05, 2010


My day starts with the motions of getting thegrandson ready and off to school - unless schools have been cancelled for the umpteenth time (due to snow)! Actually, I believe the school cancellations are over for this winter season as the temps are rising and the snow is melting - slowly with much thanks.

Thedaughter goes back to bed until time for her to head off to the land of "work", but once I get out of bed in the morning (usually between 5-6 am), I am up till nighttime.

Before starting on the days fill of tax returns - and gratefully, I am not far behind this year at all - sometimes with a 48 hour completion - I may get in a couple of games on the XBOX. I now have an "addiction" to Modern Warfare2. I'm not good by any stretch of the imagination - but I just may be headed to the loony bin, for my love of killing on this game. I honestly don't love killing the others, but it beats being killed by THEM!!

Yesterday, the phone rang constantly and clients came to pick up returns, so game time was truly not enjoyed - so I chose to work on the group of returns in front of me. I have to have background noise, be it TV or radio - and this day TV won out. BUUUUUUUUTTTT......for whatever reason the TV was on a channel I NEVER watch - VH1! Years ago I watched this channel along with MTV - when they actually were music channels - but that is not the case anymore.

Well, yesterday was a marathon of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." I have never even heard of this show before, but amazingly enough - I ended up watching - off and on - from 3 pm until 10:30 pm last night. GOOD GRIEF!!! Thus, I now have an OPINION on all these people and will share it here. Lucky you!

Dr. Drew Pinsky, has apparently had a radio show "lovelines" for many years, and had a former TV show relating to sex addictions. I personally, just thought he was another "doctor to the stars" in the past. He is soft spoken, rarely gets his ire up, and truly wants only the best for his patients. He is married with triplets - now there's a handful in life.

Now onto the patients...........what an eclectic bunch this is.

DENNIS RODMAN - former NBA player and general GOOF. Needless to say, I have never been a Rodman fan. He rose to fame quickly and maintained an air of arrogance and entitlement that truly pissed me off. He has exhibited/displayed his addiction to alcohol over the years, but during this show (three weeks) - he spent more time refusing to admit that he even HAD an addiction. Occasionally, he would reveal a softness to his heart, but he quickly covered that up, and reverted back to his cold demeanor. His wife stated, just before "graduation" from the program, that she would be seeking a divorce from this idiot.

HEIDI FLEISS - the former Hollywood Madam and paramour of Tom Sizemore (also a resident during this time frame of the addiction clinic). She spent time in a federal prison for her crimes, but upon release maintained her addiction to crystal meth. This woman has soooo many issues, but has put up a brick wall around herself and rarely lets anyone get close to her. I have a hard time watching this woman - and I know it has to do with THOSE LIPS!! WTF was that, a bad botox experiment?? Fleiss actually got pissed and "left" the program and headed back to Nevada, only to roll her vehicle four times, almost killing those with her, upon leaving. She did go back and complete the program with some prodding from the staff. I am sure she is back in Nevada, managing her laundromat and enjoying her solitude.

JOEY KOVAR - Now, I had never heard of this young man before, but apparently he was a reality show star (The Real World - Hollywood 2008) and carries a lot of baggage from his past home life. He rails at his mother a lot during the show, and what a bad mother she was, although he does credit her with trying to make up for all her wrongs - now. His addictions are many: alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, meth and steroids. When this guy gets angry - watch out and run. That would be the "roid rage" I would imagine. This guy has his girlfriend "knocked up" and does not treat her all that great, as we overhear their phone conversations. By graduation time, I do see noticeable changes in this young man - but he still strikes me as highly volatile.

KARI AN PENICHE - Now this is the creature I would most want to THROTTLE!!! This little girl suffers from a huge case of I'M A PRINCESS syndrome, I have ever seen. Apparently she had been on Dr. Drew's other show about sex addictions prior to this little crystal meth problem. Unbelievably she was a former Miss United States Teen USA - a title she lost after nude pictures were discovered in Playboy (I think). She is rude, arrogant and has nothing to offer to society that I can discern. To all those older and wiser who offer her help - she treats them in such a condescending manner - I would never hesitate to lay one across her smart mouth!! Sorry little girl, I found NO REDEEMING QUALITIES to you, whatsoever. Enjoy your crystal meth!!!!

LISA D'AMATO - Another young lady I had never heard of - but is a former "America's Next Top Model". Her addictions were to alcohol and "any drug put in front of me." Her position in this show was not a huge one - and I can honestly say that any success she gains from the rehab should be a good one. She had a few moments of unhappiness with her fellow residents, but nothing major. Good luck Lisa.

MACKENZIE PHILLIPS - Now those of us who are "older", remember Mackenzie from "One Day At A Time" sitcom era. She was the older sister to Valerie Bertinelli, but could not finish the show with the original cast, due to her drug addictions which started at age ELEVEN! Good old dad managed to get her hooked on heroin and cocaine. Her father, John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas fame, was far from an iconic father. Now Mackenzie is finally verbalizing the years of incest and drug addiction - all brought into her life by this vile man. I admire her stalwart behavior now and how she faces her demons. She tried to be strong proponent of Kari Ann - but was treated worse than I would ever allow one to be treated. She handled herself well. Yes, I admire how Mackenzie has handled her burdens and the positive attitude she now exhibits for the future.

MIKE STARR - the original bassist for Alice in Chains and best friend to the late Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) who OD'd several years ago. this man seemed terribly withdrawn, constantly reliving, in his mind, the death of his friend. Even with the therapy provided to Starr, I have a bad feeling for the future of this man. I honestly do not think he can move past the tragedy of his friend and he may be doomed to repeat that tragedy. His addictions were many: methadone, cocaine, heroin, crystal meth and pot to mention a few. I wish him all the luck in the world, I just don't know how this will turn out for him.

MINDY MCCREADY - Former country singing star and oxycontin addict. She had such a painful past - as in not very lucky in picking the right man - and suffered brain damage from some of that abuse. She gave 1000% towards her recovery and I honestly feel that she is the ultimate success story. Having found out about the brain damage, and what future drinking or drug abuse could do to that condition - was a game changer I believe. She wholeheartedly supported her fellow patients and rarely said anything bad about anyone. Dennis Rodman actually became her strongest advocate.

TOM SIZEMORE - What can I say. I have always thought that he was one helluva actor, but the drugs began to own his soul. He enters rehab due to his addiction to crystal meth and clonopin. Seeing this man at this worst, makes it hard to believe that he turned out such wonderful performances in Saving Private Ryan, Pearl Harbor or Black Hawk Down. He actually gave his heart and soul to this rehabilitation program and professed to move into Sober House after graduation to continue to improve his life. I hope that he sticks to this attitude and again makes some wonderful films for our enjoyment.

Now, hopefully that will be the LAST of my reality shows, as I truly despise most that are on the air. Too many drama queens out there - and truthfully - we have enough of those in our own lives.

Now, that is off my chest and out there - so go out and have a wonderful day. I'm of to my cardiac rehab (after 2 weeks absence - due to this cold). Everyone play nice and I shall return...............later..............




Kulkuri said...

I guess this pretty well sums it up, hundreds of channels and nothing worth watching.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

OMG...I am so glad to have someone to share my secret shame with. For all my big talk about the 'quality' television I watch I am lovin on this Dr. Drew trainwreck. It's a hoot. Like you I have opinions on all these asshats but none more so than Kari An. I so want to see the world punish this twit for being the spoiled, entitled brat she is. I hate Paris Hilton and her ilk but Kari An takes my hatred for a person beyond the stratosphere. She gets to act exactly like she wants and NOTHING is done to her. At least someone punched Snookie in the face. Honestly, can't we have a pay per view stoning of a person and not the marijane stoning but the real rock kind.

Peruby said...

My daughter has been playing Call of Duty for years! (Modern Warfare).

rennratt said...

I watch this show from time to time. I started watching for the train wreck potential, but grew to really love Dr. Drew. I don't generally like Reality TV, as it is generally staged.

This show, however, strikes me as authentic. I don't watch a lot of it, though. Sometimes I feel like I am treading on the privacy of others, and that just feels wrong. I wish them all the best, though.

Professor Chaos said...

I think the saddest thing is how addicted to fame/attention they all are. I imagine their friends trying to talk them into going to rehab and them saying no.Then they find out there's a rehab program that's televised! Yeah, sure, sign me up! Now I'll get the help I need, if it will get me back into the public eye for a few more days!