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Guilty Pleasures

I’ve a number of guilty pleasures.  Most of the ones I can mention in this blog involve watching movies and television.

Those of you who know me know I was raised in the 50s and 60s by TV.  It’s one reason I became a PI.  Before I recently moved, I’d had basic cable for 10 years.  Basic.  No frills.
My roomie, being more of a television addict than I, had a satellite system.  During my addition to the household, we upgraded it.  We can now watch Underwater Argentinian Curling (while wearing bear suits) at 0300 broadcast in Swahili!  Not really, but our choices are quite varied.

We’ve been watching much dysfunctional TV.  Not as dysfunctional as the Kardashians or Jersey Shore, but there is some amusement and education.

We’ve been watching (among other things) Pawn Stars, Cajun Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn.

Pawn Stars is about the customers and staff in a prosperous Las Vegas pawn shop.  Cajun is headquartered in Alexandria, Louisiana, and Hardcore hails from Detroit.  All shops are family-owned and somewhat dysfunctional, but the real entertainment here is the customer base.  The Louisiana folks seem to be the the most genteel and polite, with Las Vegas following and Detroit brings up the rear.  It’s real culture shock to go from a customer in Alexandria exclaiming, “Thanks Mr. Jimmie, sorry we couldn’t do business!” to Detroit’s “Give me my m*****f***** money!”, followed by threats of violence.

Las Vegas and Alexandria occasionally brings in experts to value or grade such items as antique firearms or coins, before attempting a deal.  Detroit seems to thrive more on showing both the family and customer dysfunction.  I find that show in particular to be the most disturbing.

I come from a dysfunctional background.  Perhaps not as bad as these folks, but enough to make me grimace.  Perhaps I need to stick to Leave It To Beaver re-runs…

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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6 thoughts on “Guilty Pleasures

  1. Love Pawn Stars. The stuff some people bring in to sell. Amazing. You might also want to check out Auction Hunters and Storage Wars. You would not believe the stuff some people leave behind in a storage unit.

    Posted by Shepherd K | August 26, 2012, 8:43 am
    • Storage Wars – Yes, watch that, too. Hate the ‘Yup’ guy. Haven’t checked out Auction Hunters, yet.
      There’s another Pawn, Combat Pawn, a pawn shop and gun store!
      Pretty cool guns, but, it appears the sales people cannot shoot very well…
      But, it’s in Special Forces country (N.C.)

      Posted by guffaw1952 | August 26, 2012, 8:47 am
  2. Lol, I haven’t seen any of those. It’s good to have guilty pleasures though:)

    Posted by A Girl And Her Gun (@agirlandhergun) | August 26, 2012, 5:14 pm
  3. The Cajun one is here in my locale, and H knows the family involved. He tells me there is a brother also who works in the shop, but who loathes the whole being-on-TV thing and who the sister (reportedly quite the camera hog) has banned from even being around when she’s being filmed as he “distracts me too much to do a good performance.”
    I’ve asked a few of the in-laws, and the family is known to be, as one of the cousins puts it, “crazier than a sack full of assholes and meaner than the gator they come from.”
    I like the Vegas bunch, though.

    Posted by LeeAnn | August 27, 2012, 6:19 am

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