Atlantic Ocean or Atlanta Airport – Toughy
On the nine hour flight to Atlanta Digger and I squabbled over the TV guide. Things were said that we didn’t actually mean and have since apologised for. Eventually it was decided that I could have the window seat and first read of the TV guide on one condition, I wasn’t allowed to go to the toilet for the whole flight. This ended disastrously.
I mean I didn’t wet myself or anything, in fact I didn’t even once need the toilet, but the TV guide that I thought I was reading was in fact nothing but a duty free magazine. How Digger did laugh. In hindsight I guess we could have looked at the seat in front and seen, as clear as hindsight itself, that there was no TV screens in front of us. But we had not done this and I ended up with a shit load of duty free.
On this aircraft there was only one screen you could watch. Naturally you would think that American Airlines would put careful thought into what show they would put on this screen, something for all the family I would guess and preferably something that would show visitors the best of America. What they went for certainly showed something about America but chances are that if the duty free mag sold parachutes we would be heading for the exit to take our chances with the Atlantic Ocean.
The show was called “My Shopping Addiction” and basically consisted of American girls admitting to being shopping addicts who, even though they are facing either eviction or bankruptcy, can not stop shopping.
The camera pans over wardrobes that bulge and groan like overfed pets, once worn garments are piled to the rafters and you can positively see the new shoe smell thick in the air. The girls at this point shrug and it is decided a ‘professional’ needs to contacted. This professional then uses radical methods like making them return their clothes and comes out with lines like, “do you really need new clothes? Do they make you feel special?” (Cue tears..)
Maybe the producer is making a social commentary, the girls reckless spending beyond their means is meant to demonstrate the faults of our society obsessed with consuming, their lack of belief in their own self worth a cruel result of advertising telling them daily that exact thing.
Or maybe its just great TV. I mean it’s got it all, the tears, the drama, the imminent eviction and then at the end the final resolution, the happy ending if you will, the moment when the girl articulates all her pain but with these words resolves to change…
“I was thinking its really unfair that I want all of these pretty things and I cant have them. But then I was thinking I cant afford them.”
The professional then, with a kind pat on her shoulder, says “well done!”