A writer friend who I made on this blog sent me an email asking about how things are going and I told her the truth: slowly. And because I spent more time procrastinating about working than working today, somehow I landed on a Google search that lead me to an author who wrote about review bullies and catfishing, which lead me to the movie and ultimately to the TV show which turned out to be a really great way to procrastinate. (Since there were full episodes on YouTube.)
From a douche who used the internet to practice his game to a man who got involved with a transgender woman who wasn't transgender, the stories are interesting and ... complex. Because people are complex and sometimes we just don't know all the reasons we do things. Take writing (because I might be a writer) for example. I started writing because it was my way out of dead end jobs and I continued writing because I enjoyed it and now I don't know. I have moments when I think, "I really want to finish that" but when I sit down to do it, I find a thousand other things to do, from washing dishes to cleaning the cat.
Yes, I admit it. Instead of writing, I watched Catfish and gave the cat a bath which he really did not appreciate. Also, the bath came before the Catfish marathon, not that you needed to know that. Anyway, I am impressed by this TV show's kindness and understanding of people and their complexity. It exerts change, often without judgement.
I've professed a love for reality TV previously and a disillusionment when I learned that a lot of it is orchestrated through sleep deprivation and alcohol and that's assuming the reality isn't outright fake. Also, I love My Cat from Hell and Gold Rush Alaska-- this season is awesome!
Mariel R. is an ESL teacher, horse trainer, writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. She lives in South Korea with two cats, three horses, a German Shepherd and 17 chickens.
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Goldy in English) R.I.P February, 23, 2018