We went to a new bar in Beverly Hills this weekend because our son’s girlfriend is a bartender there and they are trying to gain a following…as if I’d tell anyone about it. It’s just over the hill so it’s not far in distance, but going to Beverly Hills is like going to another planet and it’s not like we’re the Clampetts scooping up road kill on the way. We’re reasonably cultured and I know how to button my shirt but if you’re not wearing the correct pointy shoes, pointy-collared shirt and pointy jeans, they might not let you in. I’d tell you it was great for people watching but I’m not sure everyone I saw was people. Cristina made us some of her special designer drinks and after I gave my watch to the valet guy because I only had about $600 in cash, we headed home. I’m guessing the recession passed right over Beverly Hills because you can valet your car at the airport for a year for less than an evening here.
When we left for the city we gave the dogs some bones and left the TV on for them (yes, the TV is our babysitter) and while that may seem unusual, it’s what we do. Don’t judge. I want them to listen to music or books on tape but they won’t keep the headphones on…so TV is our middle ground. They were watching Frozen which they love because the little one pretends he’s Olaf and the big dog thinks he’s just like Sven, except for the horns. This particular movie channel had been showing Frozen repeatedly all day, I think in an attempt to drive parents crazy but when we got home, to my laughter and my wife’s dismay, we found the dogs watching soft-core porn. Not believing they had developed opposable thumbs and changed the channel during our absence, we realized that, unbeknownst to us, at some point in the evening that particular movie channel declared family hour to be over and they went to a decidedly more adult fare. Either that or they didn’t want to lose the audience they already had. Anyway, now I’m in trouble because I left them with a harmless Disney feature where nobody died, they just got frozen, but when we came home we found the temperature had risen substantially. And then I got in more trouble because I didn’t change the channel fast enough since I brought up the guide to find something more suitable for them instead of changing the channel first. I mean, the guide covers the whole screen so now all you can hear is some fake moaning and you get more of that in a rap music video. Seriously, it’s really quite tame. Soft-core just takes a bad movie premise, makes it worse with bad acting, tries to cover it up by removing clothes, thereby convincing you it’s quite normal to be given a speeding ticket by a naked policeman. So, it wasn’t as if the dogs were packing up to run away to a 24-hour bookstore in Tijuana. Laurie had already shooed the dogs outside lest their young minds become even more corrupted. And while they’re both boys, they’re rescued and neutered so whatever they were watching was only appealing vicariously at best. Anyway, it turned into a wonderful parenting moment for us as we learned that even with about 40 movie channels, Saturday at midnight is not when you should be trying to find family fare because if you click on Lady and the Tramp, it’s probably not the movie you’re expecting. It’s the time of night when Scooby–Doo turns into Scooby-Did.
In an effort to make them forget what they had just seen, I almost clicked on Old Yeller but I thought that would just give them nightmares.
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