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Tuesday, April 23, 2013


This one is going to be hard to put into words. How do you properly talk about something you are completely obsessed with in a concise manner that doesn't make you look like a raging lunatic?

Duck Dynasty.

I'm actually shocked I haven't talked about this fantastic piece of television greatness yet.
There are movies you can watch over and over again. They're timeless and classic and all of those wonderful descriptive words we associate awesome cinematic gems with. But never with a TV show.

I actually never understood why people bought full DVD collections of tv shows, are you really going to watch every episode, or even single episodes over and over again to the point in which you would actually need your own personal copies? I never believed it was possible. Until the day my life changed forever.

I don't hunt. Never eaten deer or duck meat. I'd make a gag face if you told me squirrels, frogs and crawfish, affectionately nicknamed "mud bugs", were delicious.

But then Duck Dynasty comes along and my world has been expanded.

You can't even see John Luke in the back corner-brilliant!

This is the only show ever to be put on television with the exception of Are You Being Served, Fawlty Towers and Keeping Up Appearances (yes, all British but none in the reality genre) that I can watch, over and over and over again and still be thoroughly entertained. Sure, I was obsessed with certain shows, but would I ever have a desire to watch them all over again on more than one occasion? Nope, not really.

Duck Dynasty. I wish I could really and truly explain it. It just makes me Happy, Happy, Happy. I always tell people who haven't seen an episode that I worry I might be overselling the show, but I genuinely don't believe it's possible to oversell something this spectacular. My mother is a Vegetarian, you could even say hippie, who has real issues with people spending a lot of money on outlandish "toys" and even she enjoys watching the show with me and the rest of our family.

I may not feel the same way they do about certain things, but I appreciate their general philosophy on life, love, education and the pursuit of happiness.

That was Phil, the patriarch and creator of the Duck Call. He started the business over 40 years ago and his sons took over the company, Duck Commander/Buck Commander and made it the Worldwide success that it is. He used to be a teacher and also played football for Louisiana Tech alongside Terry Bradshaw. This is a small compilation of his views on life but the show is way more than that. 

There's one clip in which he compares his plump wife to the marble statues and nude portraits of the Renaissance Era that I wish I could find. It is truly a wonderful clip that says a lot about his love for his wife. It also sums up exactly how I felt, being a big girl, sitting in Art History class and looking at all of these models that I share a similar body type with. Just makes a girl feel good.

The show follows the entire family, including three of Phil's four sons, their families, his wife Miss Kay, his brother Si and some of the companies employees. I could give you a history on all of them but that would be a little much. 

Si has come out as one of the shows biggest and most popular stars. He's over 70 years old and as the saying goes, says the darndest things:

My personal favorite is Jase. He designs the duck calls and runs the shop where they get assembled. Willie is the CEO and tries to keep everyone in line while taking care of promoting everything they do-the man loves making money and how American is that?

There's much more I could say, but you really need to see the show for yourself. I have yet to meet anyone who has watched an episode and not laughed or better yet, become immediately hooked. So if you haven't checked it out yet, go on YouTube and A&E.com for clips and episodes. A&E replays the show constantly too so you'll be able to DVR most of the last two seasons. 

As I said, I neither hunt nor fish, nor do I eat duck or deer. But I do own two of their Duck Calls and a Duck Commander sweatshirt. It's pretty great. 

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My Date with Anderson

Last week I was fortunate enough to get to go to a taping of the Anderson Live show!

I had wanted to go since the show first aired last year but couldn't fit it into my schedule until recently. Then when I was doing my research on the tickets I learned that the show was actually ending this summer! Now I was determined to get my hands on some tickets! 

Thankfully I was able to get tickets to one of the tapings at the end of March and took my dear friend Hannah with me to NYC. 

We were instructed to arrive at the studio at 10:30am and that filming would begin at 12:30pm. We also found out that the guests that day would include Stephanie Meyer and the cast from her recent film The Host!

Stephanie is on the far right and the blonde on the left wasn't at the show.

Oh thank goodness! Some people Hannah knows! I was so worried we'd be at a taping with someone she could care less about like Mike Tyson or Richard Simmons. (I don't think Anderson would have Tyson but Simmons is a definite possibility)

The co-host for the day was Kathy Griffin and while I don't think Hannah really cared about her, she was at least entertained enough to make the experience worth while. 

I've wanted to go to the Anderson Live show for awhile because it seems like he has a great connection with his audience, sometimes going right into the stands to meet and greet with those there to see him. He even has this photo booth set up on the side of his sound stage for him and his guests and he'll occasionally take pictures with audience members too.  

While that didn't happen for our taping (the schedule was extremely tight), I was fortunate enough to get to meet Anderson's executive producer Terence Noonan. 

Now, if you're not someone who watches the show regularly, you won't consider this a big deal. But Terence is a huge part of the show, often times being seen bantering back and forth with Anderson about silly things. I just love Terence! 

When I tried to get my picture with him, my cell phone had died. I asked Hannah if she could take a picture of us with her phone and before she could even get the thing in her hand, Terence said "Oh your battery dead? That's okay, just use my phone and I'll send you the pic"

Excuse me, what?!? This guy who's super powerful and on TV is actually okay with sending his fans something with his personal cell number attached?!? Holy crap! 

So we take the picture, he sends it to me and we leave. I was so blown away! As we were leaving I quickly texted him saying "thank you!" and confessing my love for him (I found out later I spelled his name wrong-so embarrassing ) then saved the picture and deleted his text and with it his phone number. We left and I thought nothing more of it. 

We spent the rest of the day walking around the city, stopping at the Central Park Zoo randomly, picking up boxes of Sprinkles cupcakes and then making out way to Grand Central for the train ride home. 

As we're getting on the train, my phone buzzes. It's a text from Terence saying "Great seeing you at the show"!!!! What a flippin' sweetheart! I mean honestly, how many times do you hear about a "celebrity" doing something so simple and thoughtful for a fan? I mean this man sees over 200 different faces each day in that studio yet he still thinks nothing of taking a moment to send a text back to one of them. It really left me feeling like the luckiest person in the whole world. 

I can't wait to see the show again and hopefully get another picture with Terence and maybe even this time, Anderson! I'll make sure my cell phone is completely charged though! Don't want to get a reputation as "that fan that never has a working camera phone"!

Here's a shot of me in the audience! I made the TV mom!

Sorry, it's a bad picture taken of my tv but you can clearly see me (I look tired) in the bottom left hand corner!

If you've never seen the show before, definitely check it out! It airs Monday through Friday at noon (check your local listings). The man has two other shows on CNN as well so I can't be mad at him for cancelling his daytime show-when does he sleep?!