Right before turning in for the night, the GF and I watched the "Real World Austin" preview, and looking at some of the footages, made us miss Austin a lot. I can't say that I'm a fan of the series, but I did enjoy watching it when it first started about 10 some odd years ago. At that time, it was original and even at some points, thought-provoking.
Now, we've got reality shows seeping out of every orifices and the scenarios are just not as interesting anymore. I'm sure that "Real World Austin" will also have its fair shares of racial tension, drunken parties, and lesbian kisses. Still cannot believe that we were residents of that city, up to about two months ago!
There will be a castemember, Rachel, I think that's her name, who was a combat nurse and like yours truly, did her time in the sandbox. In her intro, she stated that she was caught having sex with her current boyfriend "mid-thrust" while in Iraq. I thought that was refreshing, maybe not the kind of representation that the armed forces wanted to have for someone like her, but let's get real here, there are a lot of hot-blooded, young and horny servicemembers out there. (There are also a lot of servicemembers who are of the oppposite.)
I thought about writing to MTV to have them make something like "Real World Iraq", about what people do when they are in and out of the uniform, but kind of figured out that it would get A LOT of people in trouble, so I had to shelve that in the backcorner of my mind.
I'd like to see someone like Oprah out in the field, taking a team of massage therapists and makeover specialists to make over the soldiers. How about "Queer Eye for the captain"? I almost burst into tears of inspiration when Emril Lagasse cooked for the troops! (Okay, he cooked for some of the air force folks stationed STATESIDE and not out in the sandbox, but still....)