The Shopping Channels.
Slap Chop anyone? We were obsessed with the shopping channels for the two years that we lived in our own house – we were lucky enough to have Sky TV (Were we? Or have I made that up?) and so the amount of shopping channels was immense, hundreds of the things. Instead of watching real TV, most of the time we just watched the shopping channels; especially as we were basically nocturnal so it was all that was on. We sat for hours on end repeatedly watching the adverts for kitchen gadgets and exercise machines. They were just so bad that they were good and really addictive. Now we’re not talking about QVC or any of the ‘high end’ type channels, the ones we loved were the generic ones filled with American infomercials. We especially loved the one for the Halogen Oven – it was amazing, and it made the product sound really, really good. It was a treat when we got to see that one, learning about how you can basically cook anything in it from frozen and it would be the best tasting food of life. I loved how the presenters were just so ridiculously chirpy and positive about selling us a piece of kitchen equipment, I especially loved it when they got a ‘chef’ involved.
Another favourite were the exercise machines, ‘Do this for 6 minutes and you’ll have abs of steel’ we loved the Ab King Pro, and the Ab Circle Pro and the Miami Beach Press thingy (we called it the Miami Barbie so can’t remember it’s real name…). The adverts for these were ridiculous, basically showing loads of people exercising on the beach and then telling us they’d used these machines for 6 minutes and then magicked some muscles. But we found it so entertaining and used to watch them for hours and hours, I’m pretty sure we could recite the adverts to you if we tried. We even developed our own version of the Ab Circle Pro involving our desk chairs. And I’d still love it if someone bought me an Ab King Pro lol…
One time we stayed up all night watching the shopping channels and it got so late that we decided to just stay awake so that we could go to McDonalds for breakfast at 6:30am. Instead of going to sleep like normal people and waking up early. The adverts get much more interesting when your so tired that you start to get delirious. This wasn’t the only time that we stayed up all night to go for McDonalds breakfast, I’ll tell you all about the other times in another instalment.
What can I say, we led a thrilling life. But at least we were having fun!
Was anyone else obsessed with shopping channels at uni?