I can honestly say I've never watched a full episode of The Bachelor
. In fact, I don't know if I've ever really watched more than about five or so minutes of it at any one stretch. Part of it may be that fact that I just get upset about the fact that you have one guy who gets to pick from like 18 or so women while the rest of us are out here, yearning to just find one woman who'd put up with us for more than ten consecutive minutes.
So, when I saw the commercials for the latest installment of the show during ABC's coverage of football last week, I just kind of sighed and went, "Here we go again..."
And then I found out that this edition of The Bachelor
has a Nashville connection or two. Turns out the titular bachelor of this edition is a resident of Nashville. He's a doctor who works in the ER at Vanderbilt. I saw the long article
about him in yesterday's Tennessean
and didn't think too much about it until my sister called me. She told me that a few months ago, when Davis has to head up to the ER for pneumonia that he (Davis) had been treated by Dr. Stork. All I know is Davis came home and started doing better, so I can vouch that Dr. Stork has medical skills. And I'm sure in the mad rush of patients he sees on a daily basis that he doesn't recall seeing a boy with pneumonia months ago, but you never know. What I'm saying here is--our family could get a shout out on the show.
Yeah, and if you think that, I've got some nice land in Florida that I think we should discuss as a good real estate development for you...
On a related note, one of the group of lovely bachelorettes that the bachelor gets to choose from this time is from Nashville. Sarah Stone was a school teacher who had to leave her job when she got on the show. Reading the article
about her in today's Brad About You, it did sort of answer one question I've had about people who go on reality shows that take more than a couple of days to film--just how do these people get THAT much time off from work to participate? Don't get me wrong--I've said in the past I'd love to be part of The Amazing Race becuase you'd get to travel the world on someone else's dime, but I am not sure where I'd get the time off from my job or not have my car re-possessed while I was gone or something like that.
So, on some level, I'm sort of intrigued to see how this all plays out. It'd be one of those fascinating storybook romance stories that you could turn into a movie with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan should the storyline work out. But since reality shows can be so damn deceptive in how they build-up one storyline in the media coverage, I also wonder if Sarah will be one of the first group eliminated from the contest. I'm sure we'll get tons of media coverage locally, so I'll be able to keep up with the story.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 1/09/2006 11:37:00 AM