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America’s Got Talent | The Message and the Moral

Dear Kid,

Big news! America’s Got Talent is back for the 10th season.

RAndom image to celebrate the new season of America's Got Talent. #AGTWhich is fantastic news if you happen to adore America’s Got Talent (which I do).

But (did you guess that there was a BUT coming?) the director/producer type people need to do a better job (and by “do a better job” I mean do it my way).

So I hope it’s ok with you if I take a moment to address those fine folk.

Dear Director-Producer Type People on America’s Got Talent,

We love the judges and we enjoy hearing them. A little. Not a lot. But a little is good.

And when there is a bad act, it’s fine to see them grimacing.

But (did you guess there was a BUT coming?), when there is a great act, we want to see the act, not the judges, not the audience, just the act. Let us enjoy. You can show us a clip of the judges being dazzled later. Preferably much later.

Thank you.

The moral is: if you are a Director-Producer Type, think about what your audience actually wants to see.

Love, Mom

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Turkey Tryouts | Time to Pick the Best Bird

Dear Kid,

I’ve been thinking we should have turkey tryouts.

It seems to me that most positions require an interview, an audition, or a tryout of some variety. Can you imagine signing up a major league football quarterback without ever seeing him play but just because he has good packaging? (That didn’t come out quite the way I meant it.)

Or hiring a CEO without knowing what he or she had accomplished in the past and making the decision just because the recruiter promises the perfect candidate?

Or casting an episode of NCIS without seeing the guest star act but just relying on an agent’s description?

It would never happen.

Yet we bring in the star of our Thanksgiving dinner based solely on size and packaging. And not even the turkey’s own packaging!

Here is my idea for turkey tryouts.

There will be three categories of competition (within each weight class).

Beauty: Turkeys will parade in the plumage of their choice

Talent: This is the time for turkeys to strut their stuff

Interview: Questions about grubs v grain, should the national bird be changed, etc

And the winner, I mean the loser, gets to join us for dinner!

All of which sounds great until I think about actually getting to know the Dish of the Day (as Douglas Adams would say) at which point I start searching for vegan Thanksgiving recipes.

Maybe we’ll just stick with buying a frozen bird.

Love, Mom

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