That led to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which I still cannot watch because I can't take the crying - and by that, I mean my own. Ty Pennington, who began with Trading Spaces, launched this show and has probably changed more people's lives than he can imagine- and that's pretty cool.
Then came the darker side of before and after - "Hoarders." That show makes my skin crawl, and not in the interesting, celebrity-laced, "Grey Gardens" sort of way. The "before" of Hoarders, because it is chock full of sadness and real human turmoil, is more than I can take. Enter next the endless parade of rehab and intervention shows, often in a marathon on A&E, and soon you'll find me on the floor in the fetal position, drooling on myself out of sheer sadness for these people.
Some before and after stories are not intended. Think about President Clinton - before he was in the Oval Office, he was young and vibrant. After his years in the White House, like most presidents, he is aged and gray beyond what most may think is appropriate for only 8 years, but in some ways more distinguished (and to my mind, much more handsome).
Some are inspiring. Songbird Susan Boyle's makeover transformation is just amazing - she looks younger and prettier. The same can be said of my perennial favorite, Madonna - gone is the Material Girl look, only to be supplanted dozens of times by her many faces, each one more beautiful as she gets older.
|What the hell was I thinking?|
This week, I weighed in, and here are the stats: