A week of gratitude.
This week’s blog -- though delivered late -- is an easy one for me to write. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year for two reasons. First, it’s about an awesome meal, but more importantly, it’s a day to remind us to be grateful. (Hang in for a special picture at the end!)
(Note: Vegetarians should skip this paragraph!) I am not a foodie by any stretch of the imagination. I once lived in NYC when I didn’t have much money and was quite content eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every night for dinner. However, Thanksgiving dinner was something I always looked forward to each year growing up. My mom’s a great cook and our family gathered for the traditional turkey, but was also rounded out by pheasant and quail my dad had hunted. (I’m not a hunter, but I do respect my dad’s motto that if he killed something, we ate it.) But if I’m being perfectly honest, my absolute favorite meal of the year is the day after Thanksgiving when we ate the leftovers. A turkey sandwich with Miracle Whip (not mayo -- it must be Miracle Whip!), on a white (not wheat!) bun from Heyerly’s bakery, cheddar cheese (orange, not white!), olives (with pimentos, not pits!) and potato chips (straight, not curly!) I’m actually salivating as I write this sentence! That meal must make people go “ewww” in a bad way, which makes me smile. I am what I am, and like I said, I am definitely not a foodie. But my favorite meal of the year is only days away!
(Note: Welcome back, vegetarians!) Now, on to gratitude. What a great theme for a holiday. I’m not big on candy (sorry, Halloween), I’m not a great gift giver nor am I religious (so long, Christmas), I’m not overly romantic, (apologies to my husband, Fred / see ya, Valentine’s Day), and I’m not fond of putting so much pressure on one day to represent a whole year (adios, New Year’s Eve!) But a holiday where we gather with loved ones to give thanks for what we have in our lives?! Oh, yeah, I can definitely get behind that sentiment! So for the next few paragraphs, I’m going to ignore the seemingly never-ending recession, the horrible housing market, and the utter ugliness of modern politics and focus on what’s good in life. Because I have so much to be grateful for from the past 12 months. The following is a list of things I am thankful for in no particular order.
The RHOBH production crew. Every time a show I’m working on wraps shooting, I go into a bit of a funk. Because when we wrap shooting, it means I’m no longer spending my days with some very special people. When I hire people, I like to encourage a team mentality. I have no interest in divas, no matter how talented, and believe me, there are as many divas behind the scenes as there are in front of them. Life is too short to not enjoy the people you work with. Of course, on RHOBH, I’m grateful to have both. Incredibly talented people who also happen to be equally kind, generous, intelligent and funny. Brenda, Chris, Larry, Sallyanne, Matt, Beth, Yavir, Parker, Pablo, Meagen, Calvin, Shawn, Tom, Jenny, Mike G., Josh, Julian, Ken, Lila, Heather, Chloe, and Shana -- I hope to work with you all very soon!
Hi, I'd love to see more episodes with Paul hosting his 'Night of Beauty,' he's got a wonderful sense of humor. It would be wonderful if he could give his opinions about some of the expensive beauty lotions and creams on the market, or make suggestions as to what can be used, how to protect your skin from the sun, what to watch for in moles, etc. Sounds crazy, but I think he could have his own show! :)
I would love to see Ellen Barken on the reunion show's with Andy. She is perceptive, and I know she would not allow the women to wiggle out of the hard questions. She could also help Andy "Tame" them if needed.
You need to do a Housewives of Kauai. Here we have a slew of movie star personalites that interact with the "locals" (i.e..Mrs. Brosnan, Mrs.Roberts, Mrs. Smith, Mrs Middler...) Its really funny because most people here rarely go to the movies or watch TV so these "superstars" normally go unnoticed. We have an open air local courthouses (no AC) and the judge has to wait for the roosters to stop crowing before he speaks next to mega mansions on the beach. Just saying...
As a retired casting director my suggestion to you for next season is to keep Brandi and Lisa. Recast everyone else. The pettiness, wackiness and "legend in their own mind" attitudes are getting quite boring.
I notice that Taylor hasn't been posting in a blog, and I'd like to say that I really feel for her and her family. Especially this episode. To see Russell and her together was really heartbreaking. I'm sending my prayers to her and her family for her loss.
Hi Dave, Just wondering why you keep Kim Richards on the show. She rarely attends functions with the other girls. She does not join the girls on other TV appearances to promote the show. And when she does attend some of the get togethers, she is over medicated and confused or looks nervious and uncomfortable. Kim does not blog on the RHBH site. I am sure there is someone out there that would be a better employee for you. Thanks for letting me have my say.
I think you should devote some time to a segment hosted by 'Bernie the Chef' during which he shares recipes and decorate touches for the holidays! It would be so much fun! :)
RHOBH is one of my favorites. Love all the characters -- warts and all. I believe Lisa VanderPump is misunderstood -- she is British and is direct -- we Americans always love things sugarcoated. Poor Taylor Armstrong -- abused as a child and than as a wife -- she does not have coping skills so her coping skills are to manipulate, bait and cause division. Taylor Armstrong cannot help it -- she just does not realize that Lisa and Camillle are telling her the truth and that they are her true friends. Loved Kyle's green dress. Hope the Maloof Hoofs come in a size 11. A fan of RHOBH and all the other RH shows.
I love that there really is a storyline for this season of Beverly Hill...not just a lot of cat fights. I hated that about NYC and so happy to see the shake up!!
Hi Dave! Love your blogs, as well as the girls, but I have a suggestion that maybe you would consider.
So often I read, and have actually experienced myself, that people never get their comments posted. It's frustrating because many of the posts that the moderators select either do not make sense, have little to offer or are posted twice. However, sometimes I read a post and say, "Yes! That's exactly what I was thinking" or "I agree completely with that". Is there a way to have a 'thumbs up' tab we can click on if we agree with the post, instead of having to submit one of our own?
The moderators may like the idea because it will save time and help lesson the amount of similar posts by viewers. It will also save the viewer the time of having to type up a comment that may never be selected for posting.
Well Mr. Dave Rupel I'm wondering if you could possibly come from a very small town in Indiana because I know of a Hyerleys bakery down the road that not only makes great buns but also the best chocolate cream pie in the world. Really enjoyed reading your blog.
The show was more about the external and seperations less about resolving issues; it was the "ego wars", the bully, lack of the good for the whole, loyality and inspiration. Maybe a good reflection of what is happening in America today. This does not inspire one to be the best of his possible, yet it is what we all need to be.
Thanks for the shout-out to the fans. I never thought about how the Real Housewives franchise is comparable to the daytime soaps that are quickly becoming relics of the past. I wonder if my grandchildren will know what a daytime soap opera is? By the way, your bizarre miracle whip, turkey, cheddar and olive sandwich sounds WONDERFUL!! Add a little stuffing and voila - perfection!!
I enjoy BRAVO TV! It is the first thing I tune into each and every day! RHOBH is one of my many Real Housewives shows that I follow religously. Congratulations on the award! I look forward to many more seasons of the RHOBH!!!
I also wanted to wish Kim a Happy Thanksgiving! Hon I hope you are doing well ok, stay strong, love Trina