Being confined in this crummy weather has given me an opportunity to catch up on some of my favorite recorded shows; primarily “Cash Cab” and “The Long Island Medium.”
My brother Mike introduced me to “Cash Cab” a couple of years ago and I was instantly hooked.
On the show host Ben Bailey picks up unsuspecting passengers in his New York City taxi and pays them cash for answering trivia questions en route to their destinations.
Every time I boarded a taxi in Manhattan I hoped for Ben Bailey's cab, but never found it.
I find entertainment in watching the smart people who answer his questions and have fun seeing where they go.
My granddaughter Jeanne (who lived there) and I had a great time picking out some of her favorite landmarks when we watched it together in Charlotte recently.
The show was off the air for a while but resurfaced on NUVO television, a cable channel that caters to the Latino community. I read that one out of four New Yorkers is Latino and there must be an audience there.
The questions have become increasingly harder, in my opinion, and I'd never get very far unless I had three other smart people in the cab with me. And because it has such a big following they have eliminated the need to lay out all the rules in the brief half hour.
And let notice be served: there are three shows a day, so if you choose to record it your DVR will fill up quickly.
One of my other favorite shows is “The Long Island Medium” (TLC Channe1 45 Sundays from 7-8 p.m.).
Theresa Caputo is a housewife in Long Island who sees dead people and relays messages from them to their loved ones.
Grieving people or groups make appointments with her for readings and sometimes spirits jump out to her wherever she is.
Her messages, in my opinion, are very specific and detailed.
I'm not here to debate whether there are such things as mediums or whether or not she is fake, but I will tell you that she has been a guest on many prime-time television shows and has a huge following.
I like the fact that she's so ordinary.
I take that back; she's hardly ordinary.
She has fingernails that one interviewer said "could scoop ice cream" and dyed blonde, teased hair.
She also has a fairly normal home life and a very playful personality.
Willie Geist of the “Today Show” recently asked her how she deals with skeptics and she said: "I get it. I'm not asking anyone to believe in what I do. … This is about life and being able to embrace life.
"There is more to life than here in the physical world and when I see how life-changing (my readings are) I feel so blessed."
She also said that we all receive messages from our departed ones in many signs, and when you feel like you are receiving such a message you should acknowledge that our loved ones are truly here with us and the messages are real.
What's not to enjoy about hearing that?
'Til next week.