Friday, May 7, 2010

Do you have baggage?

(Don't we all?)

But I'm actually talking about the new game show called Baggage hosted by (who else?) Jerry Springer.

The premise of the show is this: a dater comes on and meets three potential dates. Each has a suitcase which reveals his/her "baggage" to the potential dater. Once the dater makes a selection, he/she has to reveal their own baggage, and the person who got picked gets to decide if they want to go out based on the other person's baggage.

Who the hell comes up with this stuff?

Take a look here:

So what's your dating baggage?

(Mine has increasingly become this blog!)

P.S. In case you don't want to watch the whole episode I uploaded, Steve's baggage is (**spoiler alert!!!**) that he slept with a man.


Mel said...

Haha. I LOVE the idea of this show, and if I had cable (and GSN) I would totally watch it.

And yes, we all have baggage. Although my current boyfriend's (I think) was worse than mine. :)

Always a Bridesmaid said...

Mel -- I think you can actually watch the episodes on GSN's YouTube channel. There goes your afternoon...

Lincoln said...

Wow... I think this is the first non-newscast television I've attempted to watch where EVERYONE's body language is screaming "I'm horribly uncomfortable being here right now and wondering how drunk/high I (my agent) was when I (he/she) agreed to this"

I actually feel kind of dirty.

Respectfully Yours said...

It's only baggage if he liked sleeping with the man. Then you might as well not go on with the date.

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Love Lincoln's comment. So true.

what's my baggage? Hmm... much as I hate to say it, my dead ex-boyfriend is probably some pretty huge baggage. But I doubt that would make for funny show fodder, eh?! Sorry, Jerry.

Writing Our Own Rules said...

I can't help but wonder... If this is the baggage they TELL you what is the baggage they are holding back on?

I think the biggest thing is to remember about baggage is you have to do your best not to let your baggage of previous relationships change who you are as a person. If you do it will effect every relationship in a negative way. In other words it's important to learn from the lessons of your past but you have to let go of some of it... Don't cart the negative stuff around with you. The load is a lot lighter! It also means that you will go into a new relationship without bringing in things that an damage the relationship before it even begins.

What makes me sad is that a close friend has not been able to do that, she has a ton of baggage. She is using that baggage to undermine her current relationship which is actually quite good. He's a great guy, a genuinely good person , who wouldn't hurt her for the world. He understands he baggage and has been patient, but she is almost punishing him for the bad relationship choices of the past. She's missing out on a lot! I wish my friend could see him through the eyes she had before she was hurt by a real creep. In other words, she has a genuine good guy instead of the last @sshole but after more than 6 months she's still living out of her baggage.

We all have baggage, but you just have to learn the lessons from the baggage of bad relationship and not saddle a new one before it has a chance to blossom.

Always a Bridesmaid said...

Lincoln -- ha ha!

Respectfully -- I dunno... whether he liked it or not, I would worry that the tendency might always be there, no?

Suburban -- OMG! That's horrible. I'm so sorry to hear that. How long ago did that happen?

Big Love -- totally agree that you learn things from past relationships. But when you've been burned, it is sometimes hard to forget. Hope your friend moves on soon and doesn't miss out on this guy!

Allison M. said...

baggage, schmaggage.

I need to catch this show and laugh my ass off.

MG said...

ah dating shows, I love em...the awkwardness, the preening and pea-cocking, the petty competition over someone you barely know solely for the ego-build of winning, but not because you care about the stranger of his/her approval...the human condition is fun to watch, and especially in the context of romance or sex.

Id question whether any of this stuff was true or the baggage was made up by writers.

Either way, I think occasionally making an ass of yourself like this can be refreshing and humanizing should you take yourself too just cant do it too much or else you BECOME the fool.

I found it telling that it could even be percevied as a big deal that the one woman lived with 2 men as roommates. Subtext: there's something wrong with her, she's loose, has to be fucking at east one if not both. Ah repressed American sexuality; let's make sexual spectacles of ourselves for the public and strangers, but not be slutty about it.

Personally, the attitude I have that some have mentioned not liking is a result of the baggage I have so feel free to guess what thats all about...