Overly gullible or overly optimistic? You make the call.
Although resolving the issue wasn't meant to be pre-Theatahhh, I left with a small amount of hope. The one real person to whom I spoke actually assigned a title to my problem. "Tell them you have a Walled Garden Status," he said. "A what?" I asked. "Walled Garden Status." "Wall what??" I asked again. The entire exchange might as well have been the Who's On First routine, because I was having obvious difficulties accepting the words Walled Garden spilling from the lips of the Corporate Cable Nazi Help Desk. After several go-rounds, I finally straightened out my electronic landscaping issue with Peat the Wonder Geek. He also gave me a "ticket number", and I figured if nothing else, when I got home, I could jump to the head of some line with this amazing bit of insider knowledge.
Yeah, well, that wasn't meant to be either, because when I got home the walled garden was torn down like the Gates of Central Park, and everything was back to as normal as it was going to get.
Which leads me to tonight's Internet treasure.
I wish I could make up crap like this, because really, it's so good, you're SURE that it's fake. Coming soon to a cable television station near you (but alas, not near me):
CRAFT CORNER DEATHMATCH
...Amateur crafters compete against each other, against the clock--and against the imposing Craft Lady of Steel. Armed with nothing more than hot-glue guns and a few basic materials, the contestants must swiftly assemble projects that are judged on beauty, creativity and utility. Host Jason Jones is the devious ringmaster, throwing twists into each challenge and riling up the bloodthirsty studio audience.Bloodthirsty studio audience? Glue Guns at 20 paces? I know that interest in crafting, particularly fiber arts has grown steadily over the past several years. But how -- pardon the pun -- cutting edge do they think they can be? Even over at Survivor last night, the reward challenge was for a sewing kit, and all the guys had the classic Scooby-Doo WHUUUH? face going. Nobody wants to WIN a sewing kit, especially when you're reduced to eating crab poo and coconuts morning, noon and night.
But back to the bloodthirsty studio audience. I want to know where they are getting a crowd to even care about decoupage, much less get riled up, much much less becoming BLOODTHIRSTY.
CRAFT CORNER DEATHMATCH features Jocelyn Worrall, The Craft Lady of Steel. This made me think that perhaps they are attempting an Iron Chef kind of show
The secret ingredient today is ..... CALICO!
ALLEZ BASTE STITCH!!!
The premiere episode on March 9th features a deathmatch to create the craftiest trivet. Yes, they actually put the word CRAFTIEST right next to TRIVET. Unless it involves molten lead, enriched uranium and glass beads, I'm not feeling the BLOODTHIRSTINESS. As far as a trivet is concerned, anything would do in a pinch, except maybe Junior's flamable Superman pajamas. I'm trying hard to buy into the whole drama of this latest hunk of realia (OK, I'm really not) but dueling glue guns, crackle finishes, decoupage projects and bedazzlers do not a deathmatch make.
The very least they could do is run with scissors.